Hunting In Vermont

Vermont has a proud heritage of living close to the land in a very rural state. Hunting is a way of life here. In fact, the Vermont Constitution guarantees the right to hunt. Article 67 states “The inhabitants of this State shall have liberty in seasonable times, to hunt and fowl on the lands they hold, and on other lands not enclosed.” Hunting for Deer, Bear, Moose, and Turkey are a staple in this area.

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Below are some of the featured public hunting listings in the state of Vermont that are available on HLRBO as well as contact information for the Department of Natural Resources in Vermont should you have any questions about regulations or licensing.

Vermont Featured Listings

Worcester Woods Wildlife Management Area
60 Gould Hill Rd
Worcester, VT 05682-9609

Worcester Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in the central Vermont town of Worcester. It is 184 acres in size, is owned by the State of Vermont and managed by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Access to the WMA can be difficult as the WMA is essentially land-locked; however, a narrow, steep right-of- way for foot travel only provides access easterly from Route 12. The right-of-way begins at an informal pull-off on the east side of Route 12, north of the first bridge over the North Branch of the Winooski River upstream of Hancock Brook. The WMA lies within the watershed of the North Branch of the Winooski River, sandwiched between the North Branch of the River and Worcester Pond. The aspect is generally southwesterly, with elevations ranging from 1,300 feet in the northeast corner to 900 feet in the southwest corner. The WMA is completely forested with a mix of red and sugar maple, yellow birch, beech, hemlock, balsam fir and red spruce. There are several small, intermittent streams that flow north to south and exit the WMA in the southwest corner, eventually emptying into the North Branch.
184 Acres

Willoughby Falls Wildlife Management Area
80 Maple St
Orleans, VT 05860-1211

Willoughby Falls Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is comprised of 610 acres of land owned by the State of Vermont and managed by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The WMA is part of a group of lands that includes streambank fishing access property, a waterfall site, and contiguous parcels forming one large tract. The lands lie north of the village of Orleans, at the confluence of the Willoughby and Barton Rivers, in the towns of Barton, Browington and Irasburg in Orleans County. There is a parking area at Willoughby Falls itself. Additionally, two other parking areas give access to the main part of the WMA. The Willoughby and Barton Rivers form the western boundary of this WMA. The terrain consists of meandering river floodplain, various wetlands and beaver ponds, and a hillside slope on the east side of the Barton River valley. The lowlands are a diverse mix of open wetlands (oxbows, cattail marsh, sedge meadows), alder, black willow, red maple and white cedar swamps. Mowed and fallow fields, a pine stand, scattered patches of spruce-fir-hemlock, and northern hardwoods compliment the wetlands to provide a mosaic of productive habitats. The Department is actively restoring the riparian habitat through establishment of buffer strips, tree planting and streambank stabilization.
610 Acres

Wild Branch Wildlife Management Area
3249 VT Route 100
Eden, VT 05652-4407

Wild Branch Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in the north central Vermont town of Eden along the Craftsbury town line. The WMA is 410 acres in size and is owned by the State of Vermont and managed by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Access to the WMA can be gained from the southeast via Route 14 and the Wild Branch Road in Craftsbury, then onto Collinsville Road to the road that leads to the Eden Mountain Ski Lodge. This road (a.k.a. Albany Road) continues northward bisecting the western portion of the WMA, and eventually enters the Village of Albany. The WMA can be accessed from the northeast via Route 14 in Albany Village. The western portion of the WMA can be accessed from a developed parking lot on Albany Road where a large maintained field is located. A second trail accesses the eastern end of the WMA beginning in the southeast corner of the field. This trail is gated. The WMA lies on the divide between the Wild Branch of the Lamoille River watershed and the Seaver Branch of the Black River watershed. It also lies on the southeastern flank of the Lowell Mountain Range, having an aspect that is generally southeasterly. Elevations range from 2,185 feet in the northwest corner to 1,496 feet in the southeast corner. It is mostly forested with red and sugar maple, yellow and white birch and beech, as well as areas of softwoods containing hemlock, red spruce and balsam fir. There are approximately eight acres of field, east and west of the developed parking lot, maintained by the Department by brush hogging. There are apple trees in the fields that are maintained by release cuttings. The Wild Branch parallels the Albany Road to the east, and a tributary of the Wild Branch flows through the western portion to the WMA, where a beaver-influenced wetland can be found. Another large (50-acre) wetland exists in the northeast portion of the WMA that is a State- significant natural community classified as a calcareous red maple-tamarack swamp-hemlock swamp. The are two beech stands, one in each extremity of the WMA, that are known to be critical fall feeding areas for black bear.
410 Acres

Vermont DNR Information

VT State DNR

Address: Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT  05620-3702

Phone #: 802-828-1000

Vermont Hunter Safety Course

Hunter safety courses are required in most states in order to purchase a hunting license. Follow the link below to take a certified hunter safety course online for Vermont.

Vermont Hunter Safety Course