Hunting in Vermont

Vermont Hunting at Glance

Hunting is a popular pastime in Vermont, with many residents spending time in the woods each fall in pursuit of game. Vermont’s low population density and beautiful forested land make hunting great for deer and small forest animals, though you can also find great upland bird hunting here.

Vermont ranks #13 in the nation for hunting license per capita and has a strong hunting culture with over 10% of the population classified as registered hunters.

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Hunters (Based on Hunting Licenses)
Population: 643,077
Hunters 64,308
Hunter % 10.00%
Hunters Rank 13
Land Types (Acres)
Acres % Rank
Total 5,919,400
Huntable Public 463,000 7.82% 26
Private Land 5,433,230 91.79% 22
Tribal Land 0 0.00% no tribal land

Vermont ranks #22 for the percentage of private land vs total acres and doesn’t have any tribal land.

Vermont Hunting Seasons & Requirements

For the most accurate information on Vermont Hunting Seasons, along with the state’s requirements for tag and bag limits, it’s a good idea to check with the Vermont DNR.  We’ve provided their contact information below, along with links to helpful resources, including licensing.

Vermont DNR

1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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Popular Game to Hunt in Vermont

The most common type of hunting in Vermont is deer hunting, but there are also opportunities to hunt bear, moose, turkey, and small game.

Small Game Hunting in Vermont

The most popular small game animals to hunt are ruffed grouse, woodcock, snowshoe hare, squirrel, and chipmunk. All of these animals can be found in abundance in the Vermont woods, and they offer a challenging and rewarding hunt for those who are up for it. Ruffed grouse are perhaps the most sought-after quarry, as they are notoriously difficult to flush out and bag. Woodcock are also a popular target, as they provide a hearty meal and their numbers are on the decline in many parts of North America. No matter what your preferred game is, there is sure to be plenty of it waiting for you in the Vermont woods.

Big Game Hunting in Vermont

Vermont is a popular destination for hunters, thanks to its diverse wildlife and scenic landscapes. Bear, deer, moose, coyote, and fox are all common big game species in the state, providing ample opportunities for hunters of all skill levels. Bear hunting is particularly popular in Vermont, as the state is home to a large population of black bears. Hunting season for bear typically runs from early September through mid-November, making it an ideal time to visit Vermont if you’re hoping to bag a trophy black bear. Deer hunting is also popular in Vermont, with both whitetail and mule deer being found in many parts of the state. The deer hunting season typically runs from October through December, giving hunters plenty of time to plan a trip. Moose and coyote can also be hunted throughout much of the year, providing even more opportunities to experience Vermont’s world-class hunting.

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Where are the Best Areas to Hunt in Vermont

Vermont offers great hunting opportunities across the state, both on public and private land. We’ve included some of the best areas for public hunting below and as we have access we’ll be adding more private land too.

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Popular Public Hunting Land in Vermont

Vermont is well-known for its scenic beauty, and it’s no surprise that the Green Mountain National Forest is one of the most popular places to hunt public land in the state. The forest offers a variety of terrain, from mountains and valleys to streams and ponds, making it an ideal place to pursue a variety of game. The Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is another top choice for hunters, as it provides a unique opportunity to hunt waterfowl in a remote and untouched setting. The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is also a popular destination for those looking to bag a deer or two, as the refuge is home to a healthy population of white-tailed deer. Finally, Groton State Forest and Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area are both excellent places to enjoy a day of hunting, offering scenic views and an abundance of wildlife.

1. Green Mountain National Forest
2. Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
3. Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
4. Groton State Forest
5. Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area

Hunting Private Land in Vermont

Since the majority of Vermont is private land getting access for hunting can be very appealing. When you hunt private land, it’s not only less crowded, the animals also tend to be less skittish and this means you’ll have a better day out in the field.  Traditionally, accessing private land for hunting has been complicated and expensive.  You either needed to join a club, hire a guide, or start knocking on doors.

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  • Others activities
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  • Others activities
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