VT Fish and Wildlife

Hunting Season

Welcome to Fall in Vermont!  The leaves are turning brilliant shades of oranges, yellows and reds, which also means it’s time for several hunting seasons.

Per the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website, the current hunting seasons are as follows:

Big Game Hunting Season

Black Bear (early season until November 11)
Deer – archery (until October 28 and again from December 3 to 11), youth (November 5 and 6), rifle (November 11 to the 27), muzzleloader (December 3 to 11)
Turkey (until November 6)

Bird Hunting Season

Partridge (until December 31)
Common Snipe and Woodcock (until November 14)
Snow Goose (until December 27)
Brant, Canada Geese, Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers (until November 6)

Small Game Hunting Season

Crow (until December 19)
Gray Squirrel (until December 31)
Rabbit and Hare (until March 31)

Furbearer Hunting Season

Raccoon (until December 31)
Red and Gray Fox (until February 12)

Furbearer Trapping Season

Otter (until February 28)
Muskrat and Beaver (until March 31)
Mink, Skunk, Red and Gray Fox, Raccoon, Coyote, Opossum, Weasel, and Fisher (until December 31)
Bobcat (until December 16)

So stay safe as you walk in the woods, hike, run dogs for Fall training or winter sledding.  Be cautious and wear some bright colors!  Maybe even place a bell on your rig or sled…