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Hope this post finds all is well with everyone.In many ways i am fortunate to live in Vermont. Vermont is gun freindly and hunting is popular, right down to the "township" level. A small state, Vermont covers less than 10,000 sq. mi. with a population under 600,000 persons. The State Constitution guarantees an individuals right to hunt and fish not only on one's own land, but all lands that are not "enclosed". Like Maine and New Hampshire, one can legally hunt on property that is not "posted". Permission is only required if land is "legally" posted. Of course we try to obtain permission if we can contact the landowner when possible.We have a lot of Deer,although they are hunted hard and most weigh well under 200lbs "woods" dressed.Black bears are quite common throughout the state and we have a season that runs from Sept.1st through, i believe the 1st wednesday of the Rifle Deer season in mid- November.Moose are now hunted almost statewide. Permits are by lottery in specified management units.Due to the fact that the Moose season is relatively new,many weighing up-wards of 850 lbs are taken annually.A popular destination area for Moose,Bear and Whitetails, is the "Northeast Kingdom" area of the state. Most of this area is logging country, rather remote,cut-over areas with many logging roads for access.Many other hunting opportunities can be found here as well, Bobcats, Coyote,Woodchuck etc.All in all a lot of fun to be had!.Give us a try sometime!
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Scott - There's always a bunch of good fellas from your state hunting deer where I do north of moosehead. Very dedicated bunch.  When I fill out my Vt. moose application, should I start w/ the northeastern most WMU and just work west and then south. Are there many good bulls in the central & southern areas?  Thanks
 

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Mainer,
The Northeastern part of the state has the most permits available. It is also the most popular area to apply for. By all means follow exactly what you stated in your post. As far as the central and southern areas, these are the latest areas to be open to Moose hunting, therefore they haven't been hunted much. The number of permits issued are not many in these areas. Best of luck! hope you draw one. Have you ever run into the Benoit's in Maine? Larry lives nearby here in Duxbury.They ALWAYS have several MONSTER Maine Deer hanging from there porch every year.
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Scott,
     Back when I lived in Delaware I worked with a fellow who was originally from Vermont. I put in for a moose tag a couple of times but never got drawn. It seems to me there were only 30 non-resident tags offered back then? We also planned a bear hunt but never got to go.
       My best friend from childhood now lives   over in New Hampshire, but I'm so far away now I don't know if I'll ever get up that way again. If  I do I'll be sure to swing by Vermont!    ID
 

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Hello Scott,
What's the small game hunting like in Vermont?  Any good bird hunting?  I've always been intrigued by your state, I understand it is a little piece of heaven.
 

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Small game opportunities are many. Snowshoe's are found statewide although not as common in the Lake Champlain Valley. There, cottontails are more plentiful.Grey squirrells are found at lower elevations that have an ample population of Oak trees. Again, the Champlain Valley, Connecticut River Valley and southern Vermont for Grey's.
As far as i know, Pheasant are not stocked by the state, although they do exist on some of the few shooting preserves. Ruffed Grouse seem to be everywhere and hunting for them is popular. Turkeys, again, statewide (so,so in Grand Isle county) Spring and Fall seasons. In my original post i talked about "posted" land. This was mentioned to emphasize that huntig is very much accepted here and finding a place to hunt is not terribly difficult. Furthermore, hunting is allowed on 2 Wildlife Refuge's, Green Mountian National Forest,Fish and Wildlife W.M.U's, Most state forests AND state parks.Public lands are probably under-utilized, with most hunting taking place on private property. State parks have a "rule" from May thru beginning of October that prohibits the "display" and "discharge" of firearms, bow/arrows when in developed recreation areas.When in Vermont, think "small". Small towns, village's,rivers etc. Un-fortunately we do not have miles upon miles of empty land as you more fortunate Westerners have.We do have fun though!
IDShooter,
I was reading the Outdoors section of the paper after returning from target shooting this morning.A total of 365 Moose permits will be issued this year. Not many but a little more every year. There was no mention as to the number of non-resident permits included in that figure.
Take it easy,
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Scott - Thanks for the info. I wish Maine had such a quick turn around in between moose applic. deadline and drawing day.

The Benoits hunt in the same area as I do. I really wish I hadn't thrown away the "Sports Afield" from the early 70's that had the article by Larry B. in it. That was the best deer hunting article I've ever read. I asked the magazine to re-print it, but haven't seen it. I've got a ton of respect for those fellas. They are exceptional hunters, no doubt about it.  Thanks again!
 

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Hey Scott!
 I live in Jersey, but have been hunting 'er'...chasing the game in Vermont for many years now.  I hunt the area of wood near Bristol, on a friend's property of 500 acres bordering the GM forest.  You truly are lucky to live and hunt in such beautiful country.
 I have often thought about purchasing a modest piece of land, say 40 or 50 odd acres in VT.  I often camp in the central part of the state, and have fished the Battenkill for many years also.  
 This year I may skip the deer season in favor of the bear and turkey season instead...Now if I could only keep the coyotes from runnin' to the turkey calls.....
 

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And pretty country in and around Bristol is. I frequently fish the headwaters of the New Haven river there. Good Brook trout fishing in some of those deeper holes by Vt.116. You mentioned Bear hunting. I'm sure that you are aware that Bristol and surrounding towns of Ripton,Starksboro and Granville is all good Bear country. There is a gentleman in Lincoln that has a unique hunting method for them. He waits until mid-September when the Bears are fattening up for winter. After a rainy period, if the morning is foggy, he "still" hunts an area that has a heavy concentration of beech trees. The fog gives him concealment. He listens for the sounds of Bears high in the beech's, eating nuts. At this point the "stalk" begins. He drops them out of the trees at a close range. He has taken 25+ bears this way......most in Lincoln on the Green Mountian range. Good hunting!
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Last deer season when I was up there, there must have been about 6 bears in the 20 acre area that I was working the hunt.  [Of course, this is a few days after bear season closes]They were hooting at each other so loud that it sounded like an owl convention.  They were so busy messing with each other that I probably could have walked up and startled them!
 I just purchased a Timber Carbine .444, and will be bringing this one to help the bears see things my way.  With any luck, I'll get my delivery of Marshalls bullets before the early fall to work up a load!
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Last deer season when I was up there, there must have been about 6 bears in the 20 acre area that I was working the hunt.  [Of course, this is a few days after bear season closes]They were hooting at each other so loud that it sounded like an owl convention.  They were so busy messing with each other that I probably could have walked up and startled them!
 I just purchased a Timber Carbine .444, and will be bringing this one to help the bears see things my way.  With any luck, I'll get my delivery of Marshalls bullets before the early fall to work up a load!
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Scott, what are you doing inviting all of these FLATLANDERS up here for our hunting seasons? <!--emo&:D--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'><!--endemo--> I am just kidding. I have a buddy that lives in Eastern Tennessee and I keep telling him he needs to come up here for Partridge Season. He was telling me how hard it was to even find a Ruffed Grouse down there and I have been telling him how easy it is to limit out up here most years.

m141a,
Vermonters really have no problem with people from out of state buying property here. The problem is when they buy what they may or may not know is prime deer country and either Post it or just build there house right in the middle of said prime hunting ground.

Mainer, if you apply for a Moose Permit and get lucky enough to end up in the Granby/Victory area bring a couple of maps, 2 compass, a GPS and extra batteries. The bogs up there are real easy to get lost in, but there are some big Moose and Deer coming out of that area if you get back away from the roads far enough. Best, Sean
 

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Lone Eagle - Thanks for the advice. Several years ago I hunted deer here in Maine w/ 3 fellas from the area you mention. Concord, Victory.  They refered to "Victory Bog" quite often.  Sounds like it must be about like the paper company lands in Maine. I think 2 of them worked at Fairbanks Scale.
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Lone Eagle:
 If I an ever fortunate enough to own property in such a beautiful and "gameful" area, my rule of thumb will be to let RESPONSIBLE and CURTIOUS hunters access to my land to share it's bounty.
 The land was here before me, and will be here after I'm planted in it, so why not share the FUN!
 The problem lies in the fact that many IRRESPONSIBLE and inconsiderate hunters who do not respect the land or the property owner give all hunters a bad name in the eyes of the general public.
 I've been coming to N.E. since before I was able to walk with my folks.  Started hunting with my old man when I was 6 in New Hampshire.  Most owners are friendly and obliging in that they WILL let you on their property if asked politely!
 Seems there is a lack of that today...........
 

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Vacation in Vermont.

Hi.. My name is Dominic Berry.. I live in Northern Ireland.. UK..
I will be visiting Burlington Vermont later this year, in october for about 7 days.
I am a keen hunter/fisherman and was hoping to get a few days shooting while i stay in your country..
I will not be bringing my guns with me.
I would appreciate any information you can give me on the hire of guns?
Can a non resident hire firearms?
If i need to bring any documents like my UK gun licence?
Do i need to fill in any documents or purchase any permits before i arrive in Vermont?
Where to get a day or two shooting near Burlington?
I would also like to try other firearms as i have only ever used shotguns..
After looking through your websites you all seem very friendly and proud of your hunting heritage.
I come from a hunting family myself and am always looking to meet people with the same interests.
Any help will be greatly appreciated..
Many thanks.. Dominic
 

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hi domanick.
i doubt you will be finding many who will be offering the type of arraingement your seeking.
i would google the state of vermont and the burlington area specifically for gun clubs.
possibly a visit to one of those places would produce someone willing to let you shoot.
the only other possibility is an indoor range where you might find handguns available for
hourly rent.
 
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