Vermont Migratory Game Bird Seasons Announced

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced the 2022-2023 migratory game bird hunting season dates and bag limits.

A printable copy of the Migratory Bird Curriculum can be downloaded from the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) under Hunting – Waterfowl. A printed version will also be available from licensing agents and post offices in August.

Photo: Gander Bay. VTF&W photo by John Hall.

September 1-25 will be the start of Vermont’s open hunting season for Canada geese. The daily bag limit is five Canada geese in the Connecticut River area and eight in the rest of the state this September season. The purpose of the September season is to help control the population of Canada geese living in Vermont prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada.

A second Canada goose hunting season for resident and migratory geese will be held Oct. 15 through Nov. 13 in Lake Champlain and inland areas with a daily limit of one Canada goose in the Lake Champlain and inland areas of Vermont.

In the Connecticut River area, the second season for Canada geese will be October 4-November 6 and November 23-December 18 with a daily bag limit of two Canada geese.

Duck season this fall opens Oct. 15 in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont areas and Oct. 4 in the Connecticut River area. The Lake Champlain area has a split season (October 15-23 and October 29-December 18). Inland Vermont has a straight season (October 15 – December 13). The Connecticut River area has a split season (October 4-November 6 and November 23-December 18).

Scaup’s daily bag limits are a hybrid season this year. The first twenty days of the Lake Champlain (October 15-23 & October 29-November 8) and Interior (October 15-November 3) zones allow harvesting of two scoops daily. The rest of the season you are only allowed one meal per day. Within the Connecticut River area, you are only allowed one roll per day for the entire season.

The Vermont Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend will be September 24th and 25th. Local and non-resident hunters age 17 or younger on those dates may hunt ducks and geese within Lake Champlain and Vermont’s interior areas this weekend as long as they are accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. In the Connecticut River area, youth must be 15 years of age on these dates. Both adults and youth must have permits to hunt in Vermont. The adult cannot hunt or carry a firearm. Youth ages 16 and 17 must have a Vermont Migratory Waterfowl Tag and federal duck stamp.

Woodcock hunting season is Sept. 24 through Nov. 7 statewide with a three-bird limit.

In addition to a hunting license, a waterfowl hunter 16 years of age or older must carry a current federal duck stamp and a Vermont Migratory Waterfowl Tag to hunt waterfowl in Vermont. Federal stamps are sold at post offices, federal refuges or online at www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/e-stamp.php. State tags for migratory waterfowl are available on the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife website and from licensing agents. The hunter must sign the federal duck stamp.

All hunters of migratory game birds (woodcock, ducks and geese) must also be registered with the Catch Information Program (HIP) in everyone state they hunt. You can register on the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife website or by calling toll-free 1-877-306-7091. After providing basic information, you will receive your annual HIP registration number, which is then recorded on your hunting license.

Hunting season dates, bag limits and related regulations for all migratory birds are set annually within a framework established by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and in coordination with New York and New Hampshire.

Waterfowl season dates and bag limits are set in three areas: Lake Champlain, inland Vermont and the Connecticut River. The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game sets the season dates and bag limits for the Connecticut River area.

Vermont Migratory Game Bird Hunting Information 2022 can be downloaded from the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) under Hunting – Waterfowl.

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