Hunting in Vermont
Reprinted courtesy of the Vermont
Chamber of Commerce
HUNTING IN VERMONT
The hunter who plans early and makes a pre-season survey of the
area to hunt usually has greater success and fewer problems.
Local information can be obtained, licenses procured, the lay
of the land ascertained - and acquaintance made with the landowner.
Vermont offers excellent upland game hunting:
Ruffed Grouse - The "Partridge" is a native Vermonter
and our most abundant upland game bird.
Woodcock - "Timberdoodles" are found throughout Vermont.
Native birds contribute to the population, but the greatest concentrations
occur when 'flight birds' are spurred southward by autumn frosts
Waterfowl - Mallards, black ducks, wood ducks and blue-winged
teal are Vermont's most abundant "puddle ducks" (ducks frequenting
small, shallow bodies of water).
Goldeneyes (whistlers), scaup (bluebills), mergansers and ring-necked
ducks comprise most of Vermont's "diving duck" population.
Goose hunters are finding greater opportunities now than ever
Black Bear - Vermont's black bear population is well-managed
and healthy with greatest numbers of bears found in the mountainous
country and the northeast quarter of the state. The bear population
has been growing in recent years.
White-tailed Deer - Vermont's deer hunting can't be beat
here in the northeastern corner of the country, especially when
you consider that you may take a deer by bow and arrow in October
plus a buck in the November firearm season. And, you can hunt
on Sunday too.
The November buck season, which allows a licensed hunter one
deer with three-inch or longer antlers, is Vermont's basic deer
season. For most whitetail enthusiasts this is the time of ultimate
challenge -- a time to pit your hunting skills against some of
the wiliest bucks on the continent.
Wild Turkey - Wild turkeys are considered "Big Game" under
Vermont law, and after hunting them you will easily understand
why. Flocks of up to 50 have been counted in late winter, but
when hunting season comes in October and May, their prowess in
avoiding the hunter puts them way ahead of any small game species
and certainly on a par with deer and bear.
For information on hunting and licensing, contact:
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
103 South Main Street, 10 South,
Waterbury, VT 05671-0501
Fish & Wildlife