Vermont Hunting Seasons, 2018 – 2019

Looking for a hunting adventure? 

Vermont Hunting Seasons offer every hunter an unforgettable opportunity to catch animals in its scenic woods and explore numerous hunting areas.

Vermont is one of those places where you’ll get surprised pleasantly as a hunter. 

Amazing outdoors and wonderful landscapes of the Green Mountain State is something that’ll make you enjoy hunting even more.

You can hunt for moose, deer, bear and turkey but small game and birds too such as grey squirrel, rabbits, crows, pheasants and many more.

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Vermont Hunting Seasons and All Available Games

#1. Vermont Deer Seasons

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Games

Seasons

Youth Hunting

*November 9 – 10

Bow and Arrow

*October 5 – November 1


*December 7 – 15

Rifle

*November 16 – December 1

Muzzleloader

*December 7 - 15

*NOTE: Season dates may vary by zone.

#2. Vermont Bear Seasons

Games

Seasons

General Season

September 1 – November 15 (Early)


November 16 – 24 (Late)

#3. Vermont Turkey Seasons

Games

Seasons

Bag Limit

Youth Season

April 27 – 28

2 bearded turkeys

Spring Season

May 1 – 31

Fall Season

*October 5 – 25


*October 26 – November 3


*October 26 – November 10

1 turkey of either sex

* NOTE: Season dates may vary by zone.

#4. Vermont Game Bird Seasons

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Games

Seasons

Bag Limit

Pheasant

September 28 – December 31

2 – daily

4 - possession

Ruffed Grouse

4 - daily

8 - possession

Chukar Partridge

Open Season

No limit

Bobwhite Quail

Crow

Friday – Monday only, inclusive.


January 18 – April 8


August 19 – December 16

#5. Vermont Small Game Seasons

Games

Seasons

Bag Limit

Rabbit and Hare

September 29, 2018 – March 10, 2019


September 28, 2019 – March 8, 2020

3 – daily

6 – possession

Gray Squirrel

September 1 – December 31

4 – daily

8 - possession

License Requirements

What does it take to acquire a hunting license for the state of Vermont? 

It’s simple, you can either present a copy of the hunter education card which you can easily obtain online or turn in your hunting license for the previous year.

Of course, before purchasing a license, you must decide about the types of hunt you want to enjoy. If it’s archery, then you’ll need a specific license for that for which you must present either an archery license from Vermont or any province or state of Canada which was valid for a year or a certificate stating that one has completed bowhunter education course.

Same goes for trapping, just trapping license is the one you must have (an expired one) or proof in the form of a certificate that you’ve passé the trapper education course.

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Night Hunting in Vermont

Wondering if night hunting is allowed in the state of Vermont? 

Well, we are happy to tell you that it is. You can enjoy hunting coyote, skunks, and raccoons at any hour. 

Artificial lights are allowed exclusively while hunting for raccoon or skink with dogs. Night vision is also allowed as per 2011 VT Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Guide.

Where to Hunt in Vermont?

The vastness of hunting grounds is amazing. Around 500.000 acres of public land is open for hunting. The Wildlife Management Areas are included, and among these, you’ll find several that are populated by more game than you’ve ever seen. Here are a few places you should consider:

Camel’s Hump State Park – Around 20.000 acres of land where camping is allowed. This is one of the good spots for both fishing and hunting.

Cornwall Swamp Wildlife Management Area – Area of 1.566 acres where you can find an insane abundance of waterfowl, turkey and deer.

Green Mountain National Forest - The amazing size of 416.000 acres lay before you. One can enjoy successful deer, moose and bear hunting.

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