Vermont moose hunting permit lotteries may be held for hunting permits for a 7-day archery season (Oct. 1–7) and/or a regular season (6 consecutive days beginning the third Saturday in Oct.). Moose hunting information will be available on Fish & Wildlife’s website in April. Modern, regulated moose hunting began in 1993, and since then 6,543 moose have been harvested, yielding an estimated 920 tons of boneless moose meat.
Each winter department biologists review biological data from hunter- and road-killed moose, sighting data from moose and deer hunters, and other information to develop a hunting season proposal for the Fish & Wildlife Board.
In recent years, declining moose populations have led to reductions in permit numbers and the introduction of bulls-only hunting throughout the state in order to grow regional populations. In addition, there may be some years when no permits will be issued.
Moose lottery winners must wait 5 years before applying again for the moose lottery.