Vermont Duck Hunting Season

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2024 Vermont Duck Hunting Season New Updates

vermont, Vermont Duck Hunting Season, VT Duck Hunting Season

Vermont attracts enthusiastic seekers seeking thrills with its stunning surroundings and numerous waterfowl. Due of the large permits and extensive variety of bird species in in the state, wildlife lovers worldwide enjoy observing them. This page will provide information on dates, limits, and possession constraints for various duck species.

Vermont Duck Hunting Season

Waterfowl season officially begins on September 1 and lasts through April 26.

Ducks, Mergansers and Coots
Connecticut RiverOct 5 - Nov 3
Nov 22 - Dec 21
Interior VermontOct 7 - Dec 5
Lake ChamplainOct 7 - Oct 11
Connecticut RiverOct. 5 - Nov. 3
Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Snow Geese
Connecticut RiverOct. 5 - Dec. 21
Mar. 11 – Apr. 26, 2024
Interior VermontOct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2023
Feb. 27 – Mar 10, 2024
Mar. 11 – Apr. 26, 2024
Lake ChamplainOct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2023
Feb. 27 – Mar 10, 2024
Mar. 11 – Apr. 26, 2024
Oct. 5 - Nov. 3
Nov 23 - Dec 8
Oct. 14 - Nov. 12
Oct. 14 - Nov. 12

Duck Hunting Zones

It is divided into three primary waterfowl zones, each offering unique opportunities:

Duck LocationDescriptionPrimary Waterfowl SpeciesNotable Features
Connecticut River ZoneEncompasses portions of Vermont and New Hampshire, including the Connecticut RiverMallards, Black Ducks• Scenic river landscapes
• Diverse habitats
• Opportunities for riverine hunting
Lake Champlain ZoneCovers the Champlain Valley lowlands of New York and Vermont, including Lake ChamplainCanada Geese, Pintails• Abundant waterfowl population
• Picturesque hunting locations
Interior Vermont ZoneIncludes the remaining parts of Vermont, offering diverse landscapes for huntingWood Ducks, Teals• Varied landscapes
• Wetlands, marshes, and ponds

Type of Ducks

Dabbling Ducks
American Black
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Blue-Winged Teal
Green-Winged Teal
Sea Ducks
Black Scoter
White-Winged Scoter
Surf Scoter
Diving Ducks
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-Breasted Merganser
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye

Tips and techniques for each species

Duck SpeciesHunting Tips and Techniques
Mallard Ducks• To simulate natural social behavior, place decoys in small groups.
• Create realistic vocalizations by using a variety of calls.
• For more success, choose hunting spots close to flyways or feeding sites.
Wood Ducks• Position yourself close to wood duck habitat, such as flooded woodland or wooded marshes.
• To draw in males, make wood duck sounds or mimic their high-pitched squeals.
• Decoys should be placed carefully amongst natural cover.
Black Ducks• Set up in wetland or marshy locations that are popular with black ducks.
• Use deceptive calling methods to imitate their noises.
• Blend into your surroundings with natural-looking camouflage


Hunting PrerequisitesDescriptiption
Importance of safety during duck hunting• Treat firearms as if they are loaded
• Properly identify targets
• Practice water safety
• Maintain clear communication
• Inspect and maintain equipment
Regulations• Stay updated on hunting seasons and bag limits
• Follow shooting hour regulations
• Use non-toxic shot
Licensing requirements and other legal considerations in Vermont• Obtain a valid Vermont hunting license
• Possess a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp
• Complete HIP certification
• Obtain landowner permission
• Comply with reporting requirements

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