Hunting Seasons

Hunting Season is always a special time of the year. Whether you are planning on waiting patiently in a deer stand to bag that trophy buck or sitting knee deep in the marsh hoping to bag a band. Being able to take advantage of all the hunting seasons is why The Waterfowl Hunter has put together the hunting dates for Vermont.

These dates serve as a general guide for more specific hunting visit Vermont Fish and Wildlife.

Deer

Hunt Type First Day Last Day
Bow & Arrow Oct. 7, 2017 Nov. 3, 2017
Bow & Arrow Dec. 2, 2017 Dec. 10, 2017
Youth Deer Weekend Nov. 4, 2017 Nov. 5, 2017
16 Day Regular Season Nov. 11, 2017 Nov. 26, 2017
Muzzleloader Dec. 2, 2017 Dec. 10, 2017

Bear

Season First Day Last Day
Early Season Sept. 1, 2017 Nov. 10, 2017
Late Season Nov. 11, 2017 Nov. 19, 2017

Turkey

Hunt Type First Day Last Day
Youth Weekend April 29, 2017 April 30, 2017
Spring Season May 1, 2017 May 31, 2017

Turkey Fall Seasons

Hunt Type Zones First Day Last Day
Bow & Arrow Only WMU’s Statewide Oct. 7, 2017 Oct. 20, 2017
Shotgun or Bow & Arrow WMU’s, B, D, G, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, and Q Oct. 21, 2017 Oct. 29, 2017
Shotgun or Bow & Arrow WMU’s, F, K, and N Oct. 21, 2017 Nov. 5, 2017

Moose

Hunt Type First Day Last Day
Archery Oct. 1, 2017 Oct. 7, 2017
Regular Season Oct. 21, 2017 Oct. 26, 2017

Hare, Rabbit

First Day Last Day
Sept. 24, 2016 March 12, 2017
Sept. 30, 2017 March 11, 2018
*WMU’s, D&E Remain Open Through March 31*

Gray Squirrel

First Day Last Day
Sept. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017

Ruffed Grouse (Partridge)

First Day Last Day
Sept. 30, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017

Woodcock

TO BE ANNOUNCED

Crow

First Day Last Day Additional Notes
Jan. 15, 2017 April 11, 2017 (Fri.- Mon. Only)
Aug. 19, 2017 Dec. 19, 2017 (Fri. – Mon. Only)

Snow Goose

TO BE ANNOUNCED

Furbearer Hunting

Bobcat

First Day Last Day
Jan. 10, 2017 Feb. 7, 2017

Red & Gray Fox

First day Last Day
Oct. 22, 2016 Feb. 12, 2017
Oct. 28, 2017 Feb. 11, 2018

Raccoon

First Day Last Day
Oct. 14, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017

Muskrat

First Day Last Day
March 20, 2017 April 19, 2017

Coyote

OPEN YEAR ROUND

Furbearer Trapping

Mink, Skunk, Red & Grey Fox, Raccoon, Coyote Opossum, Weasel

First Day Last Day
Oct. 28, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017

Otter

First Day Last Day
Oct. 22, 2016 Feb. 28, 2017
Oct. 28, 2017 Feb. 28, 2018

Muskrat

First Day Last day
Oct. 22, 2016 March 31, 2017
Oct. 28, 2017 March 31, 2018

Fisher

First Day Last Day
Dec. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017

Bobcat

First Day Last Day
Dec. 1, 2017 Dec. 16, 2017

Beaver

First Day Last Day
Oct. 22, 2016 March 31, 2017
Oct. 28, 2017 March, 31, 2018

Marten, Lynx, Wolf

NO OPEN SEASON