Hunting & Trapping lawbooks available

Vermont 2023 hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses, as well as the 2023 lawbooks for these activities, are now available on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website and wherever licenses are sold.

Hunters take 1,141 deer locally

Boosted by a strong rifle season, 2022 surpassed 2021 in the overall number of deer weighed at an Addison County wildlife reporting station, but just barely because archery season numbers were average at best while muzzleloader and Youth Hunting Weekend c … (read more)

Little deer hunter harvests enormous whitetail deer

At five-feet, four-inches tall, Kristen Nolan Patterson of Bridport does not present an imposing stature most of the time.

Buxton’s rifle season report

Many hunters brought deer to Buxton’s Store in Orwell to be weighed during the successful final two weeks of rifle season, including several trophy bucks.

Hunters happy with rifle season

After a slow start to Vermont’s 16-day rifle season for deer locally, hunters brought a near-record number of bucks to be weighed at Addison County’s wildlife reporting stations.

As deer rifle season opens, results come in low

Many hunters were successful locally as Vermont’s 16-day rifle season for deer opened this past weekend — but not as many as in most recent seasons.

Many succeed in youth hunt weekend

Eighty-eight young and first-time hunters brought deer they’d shot to Addison County’s wildlife reporting stations during Youth Hunting Weekend on Oct. 22-23.

Deer hunters urged to wear orange

Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s traditionally popular 16-day regular deer season that begins Saturday, November 12, and ends Sunday, November 27. 

Hunters asked to provide deer teeth

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking hunters for help gathering biological data on the state’s deer population.

Hunters are urged to wear orange

The time that deer are most active, during the dawn and dusk hours, are times of especially low visibility.

Vermont archery season starts Oct. 1

Vermont’s 2022 archery deer season begins Saturday, Oct. 1. There are two sessions of the season — Oct. 1-Nov. 11 and again from Nov. 28-Dec. 15.

Grouse and woodcock season starts Sept. 24

A quiet walk down a hidden woods road, bright fall foliage coloring the canopy overhead and the crisp, cool air of an early morning — these are just some of the elements of a great Vermont upland gamebird hunting experience. 

Muzzleloader permit winners named

Deer hunters who applied for a Vermont muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit by the Aug. 3 deadline can now go to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website ( to see if they won a permit. 

Youth waterfowl hunt set for Sept. 24-25

This year’s youth waterfowl hunt will take place the weekend of Sept. 24 and 25. Hunters 17 years of age or younger may hunt ducks and geese in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont waterfowl hunting zones on those dates.

Bear season opens September 1

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says bear hunting season starts in September and reminds hunters about the bear hunting regulations.