Deer Hunting in Vermont

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  • B
  • 133,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 75,000

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $28 to $74

    Archery permit is $23, muzzleloader permit is also $23, and a $28 hunting license is required for either of those permits. The $28 hunting license is good for firearms season.

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $102 to $180

    The $102 nonresident hunting license is good for firearms season.

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 181"

    Picked up in Rutland County in 1971.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 19

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 190 6/8"

    Taken by George Tice in Essex County in 1938.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 2

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Vermont is a good deer hunting destination. Image by Ray Hennessy

 

Season Dates (2022):

Archery season is Oct. 1 to Nov. 11 and Nov. 28 to Dec. 15 (closed during the regular season). Youth deer weekend is Oct. 22 and 23. Regular season is Nov. 12 through 27. Muzzleloader runs Dec. 3 through 11. Please check the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website to confirm deer season dates.

The Grade: B

Vermont gets a solid B this year. The culture of the big-woods deer camp is legendary here, but in recent years, urban deer populations are coming on strong.

The forked antler restriction enacted in 2013 is starting to show results with increased numbers of older-age-class bucks. Also, warm weather and bumper crops of apples and acorns made things tough for Vermont deer hunters in recent years. As a result, a lot of older bucks made it through the season. 

“Recent buck harvests are as high as they’ve been since the 1990s,” said Nick Fortin, deer and moose project leader for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. “With recently expanded hunting opportunities, now is a good time to hunt Vermont. But deer activity changes with weather and food availability. Have a few different hunting spots, because deer may not be where they were earlier in the year or where they were in previous years.”

Antler Nation Knowledge:

Although Vermont doesn’t have many big deer, the best hunting is mostly in the southern half of the state. That area generally has the lowest percentage of yearlings in the buck harvest of any state in the Northeast and the country. Also, Champlain Valley is pretty good.

For public land, look to the Green Mountain National Forest, which offers nearly 400,000 acres of contiguous hardwood forest. Pack a tent and camping supplies, and head into the backcountry for an old-style big-woods deer hunt. There are also state lands open to hunting. Use available resources to drill down on a piece of land that works for your goals.

Hunters should note that expanded archery zones are now implemented.

Get your deer hunting gear at the Realtree store.