Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife

Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife

2017 Vermont Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Seasons (dates inclusive)*

FISHING

Trout & Landlock Salmon

  Apr. 8 - Oct. 31
Trout & Landlocked Salmon Lake Champlain No Closed Season
Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass Catch & Release - Lakes and Ponds Apr. 8 - Jun. 9
  Catch & Release - Lake Champlain only Dec. 1, 2016 - Jun. 9, 2017
Pickerel, N. Pike, Yellow Perch   No Closed Season
Walleye All waters except Chittenden Reservoir and Connecticut River May 7, 2016 - Mar. 15, 2017 & May 6, 2017 - Mar. 15, 2018
  Chittenden Reservoir and Connecticut River See Guide to Laws
Sauger   No Open Season
Smelt    No Closed Season
Free Fishing Days   Jan. 28 and June 10, 2017
     
HUNTING    
Deer Bow & Arrow Oct. 7 - Nov. 3 & Dec. 2 - Dec. 10
  Youth Deer Weekend Nov. 4 – Nov. 5
  16 Day Regular Season Nov. 11 – Nov. 26
  Muzzleloader Dec. 2 – Dec. 10
Black Bear Early Season Sept. 1 – Nov. 10
  Late Season Nov. 11 – Nov. 19
Turkey Youth Turkey Weekend Apr. 29 – Apr. 30
  Spring Season May 1 – May 31
  Fall Seasons – Bow & Arrow Only - in all WMUs statewide Oct. 7 – Oct. 20
  Fall Seasons - Shotgun or Bow & Arrow - in WMUs B, D, G, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, and Q Oct. 21 - Oct. 29
  Fall Seasons – Shotgun or Bow & Arrow - in WMUs F, K, and N Oct. 21 – Nov. 5
Moose Archery Oct. 1 - Oct. 7
  Regular Season Oct. 21 - Oct. 26
Hare/Rabbit WMUs D & E remain open through March 31 Sept. 24, 2016 - Mar. 12, 2017 & Sept. 30, 2017 - Mar. 11, 2018
Gray Squirrel   Sept. 1 - Dec. 31
Ruffed Grouse/Partridge   Sept. 30 – Dec. 31
Woodcock  

To be announced

Crow Friday - Monday

Jan. 15 - Apr. 11 & Aug. 19 - Dec. 19

Snow Goose   To be announced
     
FURBEARER HUNTING    

Bobcat

  Jan. 10 - Feb. 7
Red & Gray Fox   Oct. 22, 2016 - Feb. 12, 2017 & Oct. 28, 2017 - Feb. 11, 2018
Racoon   Oct. 14 - Dec. 31
Muskrat   Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Coyote   Open Year Round
Fisher, Otter, Beaver, Marten, Lynx, Wolf   No Open Season
     
FURBEARER TRAPPING    
Mink, Skunk, Red & Gray Fox, Raccoon, Coyote, Opossum, Weasel   Oct. 28 - Dec. 31
Otter   Oct. 22, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2017 & Oct. 28,  2017 - Feb. 28, 2018
Muskrat   Oct. 22, 2016 - Mar. 31, 2017 & Oct. 28, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018
Fisher   Dec. 1 - 31
Bobcat   Dec. 1 - 16
Beaver   Oct. 22, 2016 - Mar. 31, 2017 & Oct. 28, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2018
Martel, Lynx, Wolf   No Open Season
*Read the 2017 Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws for more information and exceptions to these dates.
  

 

  RESIDENT        NON-RESIDENT  
  Fishing (ages 18-69) $26.00   Fishing $52.00
  Youth Fishing (ages 15-17; under 15, no license needed) 8.00   Youth Fishing (ages 15-17; under age 15, no license needed) 15.00
  Five-Year Fishing License 124.00   Five-Year Fishing License 249.00
  Three-Day Fishing1 11.00   One-Day Fishing1 21.00
  Combination Fishing & Hunting 42.00   Three Day Fishing1 23.00
  Five-Year Combination License 204.00   Seven-day Fishing1 31.00
  Youth Combination Fishing & Hunting (age 17 or under) 12.00   Combination Fishing & Hunting 138.00
   1 Term Licenses: All dates are inclusive and consecutive     Five-Year Combination License 684.00
        Youth Combination Fishing & Hunting (age 17 or under) 30.00
  Hunting     Hunting  
  Hunting (one year license) 26.00   Hunting (one year license) 100.00
  Hunting (five year license) 124.00   Hunting (five year license) 494.00
  Youth Hunting (age 17 or under) 8.00   Youth Hunting (age 17 or under 25.00
  Combination Hunting/Fishing (one year license) 42.00   Combination Hunting/Fishing (one year license) 138.00
  Combination Hunting/Fishing (five year license) 204.00   Combination Hunting/Fishing (five year license) 684.00
  Youth Combination (age 17 or under) 12.00   Youth Combination (age 17 or under) 30.00
  Mentored Hunting 10.00   Mentored Hunting 10.00
  Trapping (one year license)
23.00   Trapping (one year license) 305.00
  Trapping (five year license) 109.00   Trapping (five year license) 1,519.00
  Youth Trapping (age 17 or under) 10.00   Small Game1
50.00
  Archery-Deer (hunting license needed) 2 23.00   Archery-Deer (hunting license needed)2 38.00
  Turkey (hunting license needed) 23.00   Archery Only-Deer (hunting license NOT needed)2 75.00
 

1 Small Game Licenses: Entitles the holder to take small game, furbearers and other wild animals (except big game) by any lawful means other than a trap.

    Turkey (hunting license needed) 38.00
   2 Archery deer licenses are only valid for use in archery deer season.     Bear (Sept. 1 - Nov. 11 early season - hunting license needed) 15.00
  3 Muzzleloader deer licenses are only valid for use in muzzleloader deer season.     Muzzleloader-Deer (hunting license needed) 40.00

Complete listing, in depth details, maps, license information, moose permit applications, and antlerless deer permit applications are available on-line at  www.vtfishandwildlife.com. For more information contact:

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Agency of Natural Resources, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, VT 05620-3702.  Office Hours:  7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.  General Information:  802-828-1000

 

Warden / District Chief*
Northeastern District

State Police
Office Tel. (802)

Home Tel (802) Residence  
Scott, T. Mike 334-8881 525-5501 Barton  
Spl. Shopland, Russell 748-3111 472-3040 East Hardwick  
Amsden, Dennis 234-9933 751-7695 Danville  
Dukette, Jason 334-8881 334-2904 Derby  
Lt. Gregory, David 751-0103 626-4390 Lyndonville  
Hazard, Randy 334-8881 962-3492 Bloomfield  
Reed, Jenna 334-8881 334-1215 Newport Center  
Schichtle, Mark 222-4680 757-2121 Wells River  
Sgt. Szymanowski, Trevor 748-3111 695-1314 North Concord  

 

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