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Controlled waterfowl hunt applications available

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department now has information on its website about the 2021 controlled waterfowl hunt at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Controlled goose hunting at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area will be by pre-registration with hunting zones assigned at the time of the permit drawing. Any vacancies due to “no-shows” on hunting days will be filled on the morning of the hunt with a self-check-in process. Self-registration permits will be available at the Dead Creek check-in kiosk.

Friday, Oct. 15, is a junior hunter day at Dead Creek. Only hunters 17 years of age or younger on Oct. 16 may self-register.

Duck season opens on Oct. 13 in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont zones, and on Oct. 5 in the Connecticut River zone. The Lake Champlain zone has a split season (Oct. 13-17; Oct. 30-Dec. 23); the Interior Vermont zone is a straight season (Oct. 13-Dec. 11); and the Connecticut River zone has a split duck season (Oct. 5-Nov. 7; Nov. 24-Dec. 19).

A statewide early hunting season to control Vermont’s population of resident Canada geese will occur Sept. 1-25. A second Canada goose hunting season will be held Oct. 13-Nov. 11 in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont zones. Canada goose hunting in the Connecticut River zone will continue Oct. 5-Nov. 7 and Nov. 24-Dec. 19.

Snow goose hunting is open from Oct. 1-Dec. 31 in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont zones and Oct. 5-Dec. 19 in the Connecticut River zone.

Be sure to read the 2021-2022 Syllabus of State and Federal Hunting Regulations for Migratory Birds in Vermont available on Fish and Wildlife’s website.

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