Big Game Hunting
NEW THIS YEAR ˜As designated by the department, a person taking big game may report their harvest electronically, by phone, or any other specified means. Check our website prior to the season to see if an electronic reporting option is available or for any other changes in reporting requirements.
Biological InformationProper management of big game populations requires the collection of critical biological data that is used to estimate the size and health of the populations. Successful hunters need to make every effort to provide this information when reporting a big game animal.
Rules on importing and possession of deer or elk from areas with chronic wasting disease (CWD) and captive hunt areas or farms:It is illegal to import or possess legally taken deer or elk, or parts of deer or elk, from states and Canadian provinces that have, or have had Chronic Wasting Disease, or from any captive hunt or farm facilities, regardless of its disease history, with the following exceptions:
- Meat that is boneless.
- Hides or capes with no part of the head attached.
- Clean skull-cap with antlers attached.
- Antlers with no other meat or tissue attached.
- Finished taxidermy heads.
- Upper canine teeth with no tissue attached.
PossessionLegally taken big game may be possessed during the open season and for a reasonable time after the season has closed. It is illegal to possess big game taken by any illegal devices or, any big game taken in closed season. Any part of the carcass of legally taken big game may be possessed at any time in cans or in a cold storage locker or home freezer.
Optional Vermont Big Game TagOptional Vermont Big Game Tags are available free from license agents as durable alternatives to the paper tags on licenses. Optional tags may be used to tag deer, bear, turkeys, or moose. Record your CONSERVATION ID number (top left corner of your license) on the Optional Big Game Tag. A qualifying landowner may use the tag by writing “landowner” in the same space. The existing paper tag that comes with a license may also be used.