So what are you looking for besides the firearms laws,you mention farming,managing large scale farming,but there really aren't a lot of large scale farms in Vermont,most are family run,you want to open a consulting business to farming,or work for a large scale farm,because most of those farms are already managed by a family member of the owners,you can certainly find work on a farm,although a lot of those jobs are being taken up by illegals who will work for way less money than you will need to pay your expenses of living here,unless you are willing to live on the farm and not buy your own place? However there are plenty of small farms that are on the verge of foreclosure and or in foreclosure that you could possibly buy and run yourself then grow from there,however they usually lease out their properties to bigger farms in the area to help keep then alive before they actually sell.
Now for hunting,we have some of the better hunting in the region,despite a lot of what people say or think,along with our laws,it is in my opinion one of the best states in New England to live and hunt!
Seasons are very extreme,and weather is beautiful to brutal,but life goes on and people still live here and are surviving,so that says a lot all by itself! Vermont can be what you make of it,but remember,motivation and drive to succeed are basically what will be the deciding factor of how much you enjoy life here in Vermont!
Addison County in my opinion has the best to offer for large scale farming,however it is some of the hardest farming in the state,because of the soil,it is mostly clay,and you have to work hard to all the time because of the abuse the equipment takes,and all the nutrients you need to add,and all the prep you have to do just to get the soil ready to plant,this is farming like you will not see in many other farmlands in the US! Local farmers have learned over the years what works! Most of the other areas within the state,southwestern Vt has good rich soil,and produces a lot of good crops,north western Vermont has good farmland,and in the north eastern part of the state,rugged hilly country with steep side hills that have been cleared to pastures and fields,the bottom lands there are usually flood plains that cannot be planted until mid June and are a short growing season, and the southeastern is the same,lots of nice good fields,with hilly pastures,and rivers cutting through them,but they also have flooding in the Connecticut river valley.
Hope this helps,but remember one thing,if you have the will to do what it takes to make it here,you will,but believe it when I tell you ,it ain't easy! It is discouraging at times,frustrating most of the time,and whatever you do be open to doing more than one job to survive! Because when the weather screws you, you need a back up plan!
2013 Season Totals
Canada Geese 105
Goldeneyes 25 "Take-em"
Band Count 5