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Hunting in Vermont: 3 Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 11:30 PM

There are more than 800,000 acres of public land eligible for hunting in Vermont that are under state or federal management, according to the state's Fish and Wildlife Department. Hunters also may seek out opportunities to hunt on private lands. These properties bring with them specific regulations and best practices hunters should consider.

Here are three things to keep in mind when hunting in Vermont on private lands.

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1. Permission Needed
Prior to 2013, Vermont laws didn't give landowners much leeway in deciding who to allow to hunt on their property. The Fish and Wildlife Department put the burden on landowners to post signs that prohibited hunting. However, a law passed in 2013 granted landowners the ability to post "Hunting by Permission Only" signs, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

The change was made because to some landowners said they would allow hunting but posted "No Hunting" signs after a negative run-in with a hunter. The new law changed the all-or-nothing approach to hunting on private land and gave landowners the option of choosing who to allow on their land.

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2. Youth Hunting Weekends
During the Youth Spring Turkey Weekend and Youth Deer Hunting Weekend, all hunters must gain permission to hunt on all private lands in an effort to protect the new hunters who will be out and about during those times and are less experienced than their adult hunter counterparts.

3. Landowner Rights
Now that permission-first is the status quo when hunting on private lands, regulating who comes and goes for a landowner has been simplified. Hunters should also keep in mind that if they do come across a landowner who asks them to leave their property, they must vacate immediately even if no signs were visible.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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There are more than 800,000 acres of public land eligible for hunting in Vermont that are under state or federal management, according to the state's Fish and Wildlife Department. Hunters also may seek out opportunities to hunt on private lands.
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