For Immediate Release: August 15, 2013
Contact: David Sausville 802-878-1564; Mark Scott 802-777-4217
Vermont’s Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons Are Announced
MONTPELIER, Vt – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board approved the 2013 migratory bird hunting season dates at its August 14 meeting in Montpelier.
A printable copy of the regulations can be downloaded from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website (http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com). A printed version also will be available from license agents and post offices in early September.
A statewide Vermont open hunting season for Canada geese will occur September 3-25. The daily bag limit is five Canada geese except in that portion of the Lake Champlain Zone within Addison County north of Route 125, where the limit will be two per day. The purpose of the September season is to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada.
A second Canada goose hunting season, which targets both resident and migrant birds, will be held October 10- November 28 with a daily bag limit of three Canada geese in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont Zones. In the Connecticut River Zone, the Canada goose season will be October 2-November 3, and November 19-December 15 with a daily bag limit of two Canada geese.
Duck season this fall opens on Wednesday, October 9 in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont Zones, and on October 2 in the Connecticut River Zone. The Lake Champlain Zone has a split season (October 9-13 and October 26-December 19). The Interior Vermont Zone is a straight season (October 9-December 7). The Connecticut River Zone is a split season (October 2-November 3 and November 19-December 15).
Vermont’s youth waterfowl hunting weekend will be September 28 and 29. Resident and nonresident hunters 15 years of age or younger may hunt ducks and geese statewide during this season while accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Both must have Vermont hunting licenses. The adult may not hunt or carry a firearm. The youth and the adult are not required to hold state or federal duck stamps on this weekend.