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 13 through November 5, 2020.

    NEW: Pre-registration is required for controlled hunting on the Goose Management Area. Permits issued for the hunting days will be assigned a hunting zone location.

    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 16 is a junior hunter day. Only hunters 17 years of age or younger on October 16, 2020 may apply for this day. Date of birth must be recorded on the application. 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 not provided within each hunting zone. Five hunting zones are available and will be assigned at the time of the drawing.   

    There is no fee for the controlled hunting permits.

    The deadline to apply for a permit has passed. However, the blind locations are open for standbys, on a self-registration basis if a permit holder does not show up.  Standbys must not self-register until one hour prior to legal hunting hours. 

  • Mud Creek WMA Controlled Hunt  

    Pre-registration for controlled waterfowl hunting at Mud Creek WMA is required for Tuesday, October 13 and Thursday, October 15, 2020.
    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.

    The deadline to apply for a permit for Tuesday, October 13 and Thursday, October 15, 2020 has passed. However, the blind locations are open for standbys, on a self-registration basis if a permit holder does not show up.  Standbys must not self-register until one hour prior to legal hunting hours. 

    Hunting days other than October 13 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.

    There is no fee 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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