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The Vermont Hunting Experience

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Vermont is one of the most rural states in the country, and Vermonters have a proud heritage of living close to the land. Hunting is a way of life in the Green Mountain State, so much so that we allow hunting on Sundays. We believe it is important for all of us who hunt today to do our best to pass our hunting tradition on to the next generation. To help make it easier, Vermont offers significantly reduced license rates for hunters under 18 years of age ($8 for residents, $25 for nonresidents).

Hunting in Vermont is easier than in many states because we have more than 800,000 acres of federal and state public land open to hunting as well as plenty of hunting opportunity on private land. Be sure to look at the maps included here that show where you can find state wildlife management areas, state forests, state parks, national wildlife refuges, and the Green Mountain National Forest. More detailed maps of state wildlife management areas are on the Fish & Wildlife website ( and in the “Guide to Wildlife Management Areas of Vermont” book available through the online store.

To learn more about Vermont hunting, check in at our website, call us at (802) 241-3700, and check our Facebook page. Copies of helpful publications available on the website can be found under “Hunting & Trapping.” “Vermont’s Archery Deer Season,” available in September, will provide updated regulation information.

If you don’t live in Vermont, planning your trip and finding a place to stay is easy at Additional information about lodging and guides is available from the Vermont Outdoor Guides Association at and at 1-800-425-8747.

Hunting licenses can be purchased online through our website if you previously had a Vermont hunting license and from license agents statewide.


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