Vermont Hunting Season

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2024-2025 Vermont Hunting Seasons New Regulations & Dates!

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Vermont has over 800,000 acres of federal and state-owned public land, also State parks allow hunting off-season. In this page, we’ll discuss the dates, regulations, and permits you’ll need in order to hunt in the state.

Vermont Hunting Season

Deer

Moose

Bear

Small Game

Turkey

Furbearer

Upland Birds

Waterfowl & Migratory birds

Vermont Hunting Seasons

Hunting  Regulations

Location

The residents of this state shall be allowed to hunt and fowl on their own land and on unenclosed grounds,” Article 67 declares. And these means, unless otherwise specified, hunters may hunt anywhere in Vermont. Except on weekends, young, inexperienced hunters may shoot turkeys and deer without parental supervision.

On private property, hunters may hunt without the landowner’s permission, but they must inquire beforehand. Respectful hunters are more likely to get admission.

Deer Regulations

  • Pursuing on private property with a “No Hunting” sign is prohibited unless the proprietor has given written authorization.
  • While it is not obligatory, residents are encouraged to wear hunter orange outside. In the woods, wear a hunter orange cap so that people can see you.
  • Fully automatic rifles and suppressed firearms are prohibited.
  • Artificial lights cannot be used.
  • Shooting from a vehicle, truck, snowmobile, ATV, speedboat, aircraft, remote-controlled drones, or towed trailer is forbidden. Permanently handicapped hunters who have a valid hunting license may hunt from a vehicle.
  • Pedestrians are not authorized on the right-of-way or interstates. Rest stops and pullouts aren’t ideal for parking in remote deer locations.
  • Deer hunting is prohibited on public roadways. Street shooting is also forbidden. Infringers may be fined $1,000.
  • Wildlife hunters cannot use dogs. Dog owners must prevent their dogs from pursuing or disturbing native animals. Wildlife enforcement may fine or revoke permits for dogs that disturb wildlife. Avoid interfering with hounds pursuing an animal you don’t own.
  • On state land, it is illegal to use nails, bolts, screws, wire, or chain to penetrate the bark of a tree.
  • May be shot 30 minutes before and after dawn and sunset.
  • Apples, bananas, and other natural foods are not permitted to be utilized to lure deer into hunting or trapping zones.
  • It is forbidden to hunt in a river, lake, or pond.
  • The WMU may have a different definition of “Legal buck.” Bucks lacking two-pointed antlers are not allowed in the eastern or western WMUs. Antlers with points are at least one inch long. Legal bucks in the Central and Northeast WMUs have one 3-inch antler.

Rules for Importing Deer, Elk

Importing Deer, Elk RegulationDetails
Purpose of RegulationTo protect Vermont's wild deer from chronic wasting disease (CWD).
What is CWDA fatal disease affecting the brain and nervous system in deer and elk, caused by abnormal prion proteins.
Risk of TransmissionCWD prion proteins can be introduced to the environment through bodily fluids and persist for extended periods.
Import and Possession Rules• It's illegal to import or possess deer or elk, or parts of them, from states/provinces with CWD, except for specific exceptions.
• Regulations apply to both captive and wild animals.
Allowed Exceptions for Import/Posession• Meat properly processed and labeled with hunting license information, not mixed with other deer or elk.
• Boneless meat.
• Hides or capes with no head attached.
• Clean skull-cap with antlers attached.
• Antlers with no other meat or tissue attached.
• Finished taxidermy heads.
• Upper canine teeth with no tissue attached.
States and Provinces Affected by the Regulations (CWD)Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Alberta, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan.
Penalties for ViolationsUp to $1,000 fine and loss of hunting/fishing licenses for one year per illegally imported deer or elk.
Prohibition on Deer Urine-based or Body Fluid AttractantsThe use of natural deer urine-based or deer body fluid attractant scents is prohibited in Vermont due to the CWD threat.

Contacts

You may find maps of WMAs on the Fish & Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) and in the handbook “Guide to Wildlife Management Areas of the state, easily obtainable by way of an online store.

Visit the website, contact (802) 828-1000, or

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FAQ

Where can I hunt a Deer in Vermont?

Wildlife is most abundant in the Connecticut River basin and northern and southern western areas. Deer are less available in the eastern portion of the state, especially in high terrain running north-south. However, these sites provide distant exploring prospects.

What to Do After Hunting a Deer in Vermont?

Request a license tag immediately after taking a trapped animal home. Use a sturdy paper or tag and write your name or conservation ID. Once attached, the tag should be visible.

You may process or taxidermize the animal after tagging. Labels must stay on corpses during processing. The dead animal must be reported to Vermont Fish and Wildlife within 48 hours. Visit the closest large game reporting station and complete the paperwork. Check Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website before the deadline to see whether electronic reporting is available.

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