Where to Hunt Waterfowl

Two of the department’s Wildlife Management Areas – Dead Creek and Mud Creek are managed for controlled, public waterfowling, as is the federally owned Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge.

Controlled Hunts on WMAshunter with decoys

  • Dead Creek WMA Controlled Hunt 

    Controlled goose hunting will occur from legal shooting time until 11:00 A.M. every Tuesday and Thursday from October 11 through November 7, 2019.

    NEW: Hunting on the Goose Management Area will be filled by self-registration on a first come basis. Each self-registered hunter may bring up to two (2) guests with them. Self-registration will occur at the Dead Creek operations building one and one-half hours before shooting time (i.e. 2 hours before sunrise).

    Friday, October 11 is a junior hunter day. Only hunters 17 years of age or younger on October 11, 2019 may self-register for this day. Date of birth must also be recorded on the permit. The youth must be accompanied by an adult who may also hunt and may also bring one additional guest of any age.

    NEW: Blinds and decoys are no longer provided within each hunting zone. Five hunting zones will be available to choose from. 

    NEW: A fee is no longer collected for the controlled hunting permits.

    Download Instruction Sheet for Dead Creek WMA Goose Management Area

  • Mud Creek WMA Controlled Hunt  

    Pre-registration for controlled waterfowl hunting at Mud Creek WMA is required for Saturday, Oct 12 and Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019.
    Permits issued for the first two hunting days will be assigned a blind location (six blind locations are available) and all successful applicants will self-sign-in the day of the controlled hunt.

    Download Application and Instructions     Deadline to apply is Monday, August 19, 2019
    Successful applicants will be notified no later than September 13, 2019.

    Hunting days other than October 12 and 15 will be filled by self-registration, on a first come basis, at the Mud Creek operations building one and one-half hours before legal shooting time on each hunting day.

    • Hunting days at Mud Creek are limited to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays within the season set annually for the Interior Vermont Zone.
    • Each hunter may bring up to two guests with them.

    NEW: A fee is no longer collected for the controlled hunting permits.

Other State Land

In addition, a number of the department’s other WMAs were purchased with waterfowl and waterfowl hunting in mind. For more information, see Find a Place to Hunt.

Federal Land

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