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A Special Message from the Commissioner

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When hunters ask me where to hunt in Vermont I often suggest they ask local landowners for access to their land. A package of venison or a couple hours helping throw hay bales can go a long way towards making and maintaining these relationships.

But for those who prefer, we are lucky to have many acres of public land across our great state. From federal land to state forests, most public land in Vermont is open for wildlife enthusiasts, including hunters and trappers.

The most extraordinary of these spots, at least to me, are the lands owned by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. We have created or expanded several wildlife management areas across Vermont this past year, building on the legacy and foresight of earlier wildlife managers and hunters. From the new Windsor Grasslands to Birdseye, outside of Rutland, we now have 93 WMAs comprising 140,000 acres forever open to hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife watching.

WMAs provide excellent habitat for many species, and a range of opportunities to pursue game, from woodcock to whitetail. The license fees, tags, and habitat stamp purchases by Vermonters and visitors have paid for the protection of these properties.

Join me in exploring Vermont’s WMAs in 2019 and see firsthand how our collective efforts have successfully kept land open and maintained for wildlife and wildlife lovers of Vermont. See you afield!

Louis Porter, Commissioner