Fishing Guide - Vermont 2019

Fishing Guide - Vermont 2019
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Vermont 2019

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VERMONT FISHING SEASONS
Harvest Seasons
Trout and Landlocked Salmon....................................................................... Second Saturday in April to last day of October
Trout and Landlocked Salmon (Lake Champlain)................................................................................... No Closed Season
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass........................................................ Second Saturday in June to last day of November
Pickerel, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, and Smelt.................................................................................. No Closed Season
Walleye (all waters except Chittenden Reservoir and the Connecticut River).......... First Saturday in May to March 15, 2020
                Chittenden Reservoir.................................................................................... First Saturday in June to March 15, 2020
                Connecticut River...........................................................................................................................See Table 4 (page 88)
Catch and Release (see pages 61–91 for exceptions, including closed waters)
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass........................................................................................Year-round, open-water fishing
Trout...................................................................................................................................................Year-round, open-water fishing
Free Fishing Days
Summer Free Fishing Day.......................................................................................................................... Second Saturday in June
Winter Free Fishing Day.............................................................................................................................. Last Saturday in January

Note: The season dates listed above are for some of Vermont’s general fishing seasons. They apply to most Vermont waters, but not all. Prior to
fishing, please reference pages 61–91 for special season and regulation information for specific waters, including seasonally closed waters.


VERMONT FISHING LICENSES
Resident
Fishing (ages 18–65)............................................................................................................................................................$26.00
Youth Fishing (ages 15–17; under age 15, no license needed)......................................................................................... $8.00
Permanent Licenses (residents only, age 66 or older) ..................................................................................................$60.00
Five-Year Fishing License................................................................................................................................................$124.00
Three-Day Fishing (1)............................................................................................................................................................ $11.00
Combination Fishing and Hunting.................................................................................................................................$42.00
Five-Year Combination License.....................................................................................................................................$204.00
Youth Combination Fishing and Hunting (age 17 or under).......................................................................................$12.00
Nonresident
Fishing....................................................................................................................................................................................$52.00
Youth Fishing (ages 15–17; under age 15, no license needed)....................................................................................... $15.00
Five-Year Fishing License................................................................................................................................................$254.00
One-Day Fishing (1)............................................................................................................................................................... $21.00
Three-Day Fishing (1)............................................................................................................................................................$23.00
Seven-Day Fishing (1)............................................................................................................................................................ $31.00
Combination Fishing and Hunting...............................................................................................................................$138.00
Five-Year Combination License.....................................................................................................................................$684.00
Youth Combination Fishing and Hunting (age 17 or under)......................................................................................$30.00
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      Term Licenses: All dates are inclusive and consecutive.


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Features                                                      Reference Information
    6 Why Do We Fish?
		 How the Vermont Master Angler Program                      1   Quick Reference           30 General
		 is motivating anglers to fish more and                         Guide                        Requirements,
		 fish differently!
                                                                  Basic fishing season         Definitions, and
                                                                  dates and license fees.      Prohibitions
10 The One That Didn’t Get Away                                                                 Understanding regulation
		 Celebrating a half-century of record                       4   Commissioner’s                terms, what’s allowed and
		 fish in Vermont                                                Letter                        what’s not.
                                                                  And Vermont’s
22 Wood is Good for Backcountry                                   Online Fishing            37 Where the
		 Brook Trout                                                    Regulations Tool.            Fish Are
		 An ambitious habitat restoration project                                                     Handy guide to what
		 has created excellent backcountry brook                    16 License                        species are found in
		 trout fishing in northern Vermont                             Information                    waterbodies across
                                                                  Types of licenses for
26 Get a Grip on Your Fish                                        both residents and
                                                                                                Vermont.
		 Catch and release tips                                         nonresidents, and         40 Fish Identification:
                                                                  related rules.               What a Difference
NEW!                                                          19 General
                                                                                               a Fin Makes
How to Use This Guide
                                                                                                Brook or brown trout?
                                                                 Regulations                    Smallmouth or largemouth
                                                                  Basic regulations             bass? Find out here.
See page 5 for a step-by-step method                              to know before
                                                                  going fishing.



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                                    Tom Rogers




s
44 Maps                         86 Fish Regulation                                           Fish & Wildlife Laws
    Find Vermont’s fishing         Tables                                                    Vermont’s fish and wildlife
    spots, access areas,            General fishing                                          laws help protect, manage,
    public lands, and special       regulations for various                                  control, and conserve the fish
    fishing regulations.                                                                     and wildlife of the state. Every
                                    waterbodies as indicated
                                                                                             individual who hunts, fishes,
                                    by the indexes of rivers
                                                                                             or traps is responsible for
61 Index of Rivers                  and streams and lakes                                    knowing the fish and wildlife
   and Streams                      and ponds.                                               laws. This lawbook provides
    Sections of rivers and                                                                   the Vermont Fish & Wildlife
    streams with specific       92 Fish & Wildlife                                           Department’s interpretation
    regulations, references        Department 		                                             of fishing laws. It is formatted
    to maps, and regulation        Contact                                                   to make the laws easier
    tables.                                                                                  to read and understand.
                                   Information                                               For a complete wording of
                                                                                                                                Cover Photo:
                                    Who to contact for
73 Index of Lakes                   help or additional
                                                                                             Vermont’s fish and wildlife
                                                                                             statutes and regulations,
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   and Ponds                        information.                                             consult Vermont Statutes
    Listing of lakes and                                                                     Annotated, Part 4, Title 10,
    ponds with specific         94 Index                                                     available at town clerks’
    regulations, references                                                                  offices and on the internet at
    to maps, and regulation                                                                  https://legislature.vermont.
    tables.                                                                                  gov/statutes/title/10. Any
                                                                                             questions you have regarding
                                                                                             these laws should be directed
                                                                                             to your local game warden.



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A Special Message
                                                                                      INTERACTIVE,
             From the
                                                                                      INSTANTANEOUS
             Commissioner
Habitat protection and fishing opportunity have been
intrinsically tied since the early days of conservation. In
                                                                                      Vermont’s
Vermont this year, we not only celebrated a study that
showed our wild trout populations are as abundant as
they were 50 years ago, we also saw the first person,
                                                                                      Online
Drew Price, to catch all 33 species of the Master                                     Fishing Regulations
Angler program after 8 years of angling effort. We
also noted the 50th anniversary of Vermont’s Record                                   Tool
Fish program, with records still being set in 2018.
                                                                                      Our Online Fishing Regulations Tool
                           These notable achievements                                 uses technology to make accessing
                           could not have occurred without                            regulation information quick and simple,
                           our staff’s commitment to                                  whether you’re at home planning your
                           the health of the waters that                              next Vermont fishing trip or out
                           Vermont’s fish call home and                               on the water!
                           to restoring fish populations,
                                                                                      Features of the Fishing Regulations Tool
                           such as brook trout on the
                      Courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife




                           Nulhegan River and salmon                                  Interactive Map
                           in Lake Champlain. This                                    System: Allows users          •••••   10:00 AM




                           work, in turn, is supported                                to select any waterbody
                                                                                      in the state and have
                           by conscientious anglers,
                                                                                      instantaneous access
                           whose license fees, boat
                                                                                      to fishing regulations
                           registrations, habitat stamp                               specific to that body
purchases, and purchases of fishing equipment,                                        of water.
underwrite much of the conservation work done
in Vermont, and by landowners, who graciously                                         Current Location
partner with us in protecting habitat on their land.
                                                                                      Feature: The map
                                                                                      works in coordination
Together we can ensure another half-century and more                                  with the Global
of good fishing and clean waters across Vermont.                                      Positioning System (GPS) in many
                                                                                      mobile devices, allowing users to view
                                                                                      fisheries regulations for their current
                                                                                      location.
Louis Porter, Commissioner, Vermont Fish & Wildlife
                                                                                      Lookup Tables: Allows users to view
                                                                                      regulations by selecting a waterbody,
www.vtfishandwildlife.com/fish                                                        town, or county from a comprehensive
                                                                                      lookup list.
Visit Vermont Fish & Wildlife online to learn more about
                                                                                      Regardless of the pathway, the final
                                                                                      result is a simple and clear list of fisheries
                                                                                      regulations for all of Vermont’s great
 Fishing Opportunities                                             Boating            fishing spots!

                                                                                      Visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com
                                                                                      to use the tool!

    Fishing Regulations                                     Fishing Events/Programs

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HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

 Step by Step
      If you’re new to fishing in Vermont or just checking out the latest regulations,
              follow these steps to make using this guide quicker and easier.

Step 1          Do you know where you’re going to fish?

Yes   NO
                Step 2                 Go to the main Map Guide on page 45.
                                       Locate the general area of the state where you want to fish
                                       (from Maps 1 to 15).


                Step 3                 Go to the individual Maps 1 to 15 on pages 46 to 60 and
                                       determine the waterbody on which you want to fish.
                                       The Maps will also help you identify important points of interest
                                       such as access points, boat ramps, and boundaries. It will also show
                                       stream section numbers (blue) and lakes (tan) that point to specific
                                       regulations in the Indexes. Almost all the stream section numbers
                                       and related regulations are in alphabetical order in the Indexes if
                                       not noted in the footer.


Step 4            Go to the alphabetical Index of Rivers and Streams on pages 61 to 72 or the
                  Index of Lakes and Ponds on pages 73 to 85.
                  If you only know the waterbody by name (for example, Dog River) but not which towns the
                  waterbody is in, this will point you to the right Map and you’ll be able to identify the town.


Step 5            Identify any special regulations for that waterbody, including those for
                  specific stream sections or lakes, in the Index. Special regulations override
                  general regulations and must be followed.
                  The Index lists the correct Open Water and Ice Fishing Regulations Tables for
                  that waterbody.


Step 6            Go to the Table for the waterbody you are planning to fish on pages 86 to 91.
                  Note length rules, legal methods, daily limits, and open seasons. These include:

                      If your waterbody — a river or stream — does not appear in a specific Index, go to
                      page 86 Table 1: General Regulations for Rivers and Streams as this covers all
                      the others except the Connecticut River.

                      If your waterbody — a pond or lake — does not appear in a specific Index, go to
                      page 87, Table 2: General Regulations for Lakes and Ponds as this covers all the
                      others except Lake Champlain.

You can also visit the department website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com, for the Online Fishing
Regulations Tool or call for more information, 802-828-1000.

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Why Do We Fish?
                      How the Vermont Master Angler Program is
                motivating anglers to fish more and fish differently!




                                                                        Kurt Budliger




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T
By Shawn Good                                                                                             horeau’s insightful
Fisheries Biologist
Vermont Fish & Wildlife                                                                                   observation of why
                                                                                                          people fish is more than
                                                                                                 160 years old, but deep down all
                                                                                                 anglers know this quote is still true
“Many men go fishing all of
                                                                                                 today. We fish for nearly as many
  their lives without knowing that
                                                                                                 reasons as there are anglers. For
  it is not fish they are after.”
                                                                                                 the excitement and enjoyment. To
– Henry David Thoreau, 1853                                                                      connect with nature. For peace and
                                                                                                 tranquility. To relax and unwind.
                                                                                                 To spend quality time with family.
                                                                                                 For healthy, locally sourced food.
                                                                                                 How about self-discovery and life-
                                                                                                 long learning? Or fishing for the
                                                                                                 challenge it can provide?



                                                                                                 Enter the Master Angler Program. In 2010, the
                                                                                                 Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department introduced the
                                                                                                 Vermont Master Angler Program to motivate anglers
                                                                                                 by challenging them to fish for and catch a wider
                                                                                                 variety of trophy size species. With a challenging list
                                                                                                 of 33 fish species and a minimum “trophy length”
                                                                                                 for each qualifying entry, the program motivates
                                                                                                 people to get out fishing more or to take up fishing
                                                                                                 again. With so many species to target, the program
                                                                                                 inspires anglers to “fish outside the box” to target
                                                                                                 and succeed at catching types of fish they’ve never
                                                           Courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife




                                                                                                 caught before.

                                                                                                 This process also creates learning and growth
                                                                                                 opportunities for anglers. To be successful in the
                                                                                                 program and catch a variety of species, anglers must
                                                                                                 research and learn about different fish species, what
Yarrow Gombar caught this 31-inch freshwater drum while out                                      habitats they can be found in, what they eat, and
fishing with his grandfather on Lake Champlain in June 2018.                                     then figure out what tackle to use to catch them.

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In eight years, the program has served as a source of
                                                                                             enjoyment for more than 1,000 anglers.
        The Master Angler
                                                                                             For example, Colchester angler Steve Mongeon says the
        Program was created to                                                               Master Angler Program got him out fishing again, now
        motivate people to fish                                                              with his 7-year-old grandson Yarrow tagging along:
        more, try new things,                                                                “The Program has given Yarrow something even more to
        and create lasting                                                                   motivate him to fish, as if that was even necessary, and
        family memories.                                                                     I’ve found an excuse to go out with him and try different
                                                                                             techniques. Now we look for all kinds of fish to catch like
                                                                                             sheepshead, carp, largemouth, bowfin ... there are so
                                                                                             many options!”

                                                                                             Father-daughter duo Robert and Lily Burnett of Alburgh
                                                                                             have also created precious memories while fishing
                                                                                             together. After Lily earned her Master Angler pin by
                                                                                             catching her fifth trophy-sized fish of the year in 2016,
                                                                                             Robert wrote:

                                                                                             “Most of [this summer] has been just fishing for fishing’s
                                                                                             sake and stumbling onto youth qualifying fish. Once Lily
                                                                                             made it to four species we came up with a specific plan
                                                                                             to catch the fifth. We had never caught nor fished for
                                                                                             bowfin before but … we researched how to catch them
                                                                                             and tried our best to recreate what we learned. Worked
                                                                                             like a charm! She was in tears when I netted her bowfin,
                                                                                             and when we measured it and saw it qualified for size, she
                                                                                             couldn’t stop hugging me. Thanks for helping to create a
                                                                                             great set of memories for the two of us!”
                                                       Courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife




                                                                                             Make 2019 YOUR year to take up the challenge. Look
                                                                                             through the Master Angler gallery and annual reports and
                                                                                             use them as sources of inspiration and motivation. Take
                                                                                             your friends and family and try to catch something you’ve
Lily Burnett caught her 5th Master Angler fish species to
                                                                                             never caught before. Remember what it’s like to be hooked
earn her pin in 2016 by reading up on how to target bowfin                                   on fishing and create memories that will last a lifetime! 
— a species she had never caught. This 26-inch beauty was
caught on Lake Champlain while fishing with her father.                                            www.vtfishandwildlife.com/fish


                     The diverse and abundant sport fishing opportunities enjoyed each year by anglers across
                     Vermont are a direct result of fisheries management and restoration activities conducted by
                     the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. These activities are funded through the Federal Aid in
                     Sport Fish Restoration Program — money generated by user purchases of fishing equipment and
                     motor boat fuels. The department’s fisheries management and restoration projects help maintain
                     and restore healthy aquatic ecosystems, clean water, and good habitat, benefiting anglers by
                     supporting and providing quality sport and recreational fishing opportunities across Vermont.



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A Master Among Anglers




                                                                                                                             Courtesy of Drew Price
Drew Price proudly displays his Master Angler pike-pickerel hybrid — marking his 33rd and final fish species. In 2018,
Drew became the first angler to catch all 33 Master Angler fish species.


For one die-hard Vermont angler, the Master Angler Program became a personal quest. Drew
Price of Colchester began participating in the program in its first year and quickly came to
realize he enjoyed the challenge of learning about and targeting species he’d never caught.
Drew had been exclusively a fly angler, and he                      increasing his skills and knowledge, and became a
challenged himself to catch ALL 33 Master Angler                    consummate Master Angler.
species using only fly gear. In the first year of the
Program he caught 12 species, and by the end of                     One by one, he worked his way through the
2013 he had hit 24 species — all on the fly.                        remaining nine species with non-fly-fishing gear.
                                                                    The pike-pickerel hybrid was the last one that
However, Drew soon realized the 9 species left                      eluded him, being that they are relatively random
would be nearly impossible to catch while fly                       and rare. But Drew never gave up. He contacted
fishing. He had to switch gears — literally. With                   people on forums who mentioned catching one and
the winter of 2014 passing rapidly, Drew tried                      focused his efforts in areas where chain pickerel
something completely new to him — ice fishing.                      and northern pike overlap.

Through his friends and other anglers he met on                     In June 2018, Drew finally caught his “white
fishing forums, Drew borrowed tip-ups and an ice                    whale” — a 30” pike-pickerel hybrid.
auger, and he bought a cheap ice fishing jigging rod.
Deciding to start with burbot, he read up on how to                 Drew’s journey exemplifies the spirit of the
target them, and headed to Lake Willoughby to try                   Vermont Master Angler. Designed to inspire and
his hand at catching one. In March 2014 he caught a                 challenge anglers, the program motivates them
Master Angler–sized burbot and became hooked on                     to fish more often and for new species, learning
ice fishing in the process!                                         and growing as anglers along the way while
                                                                    taking advantage of all the wonderful angling
From ice fishing to open water spin-fishing with                    opportunities Vermont offers.
live bait, Drew kept at it, adapting his techniques,




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The One That
Didn’t Get Away
               Celebrating a half-century of record fish in Vermont




                                                                      Courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife




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By Shawn Good
Fisheries Biologist
Vermont Fish & Wildlife




I
     n the 1950s and 60s,
                                    This fishing bonanza results from Vermont’s unique
     as Americans enjoyed           geographic features — being sandwiched between
     increased prosperity and       Lake Champlain to the west and the Connecticut
                                    River to the east, with the Green Mountains and
free time, recreational angling     rolling valleys running down the middle full of
grew as a favorite pastime          beautiful streams, rivers, lakes and ponds.

nationwide and in Vermont.          Then and now. In 1969, the first year the
                                    department kept track, only 13 record fish were
Stories of huge fish being caught
                                    entered. Those numbers quickly grew, however,
circulated across the state, and    and during the next decade, record fish catches
                                    came fast and furious. From 1969 through 1978,
department staff recognized
                                    68 fish records were set for 23 different species.
the importance of documenting       New records were set quickly as they were
                                    surpassed by larger fish. Of course, 50 years ago,
these so-called record fish.
                                    the entries were dominated by popular game fish
In 1969, the Vermont Fish           such as brook, brown and rainbow trout, large and
and Game Department (as             smallmouth bass, pike, walleye, and perch.

it was then called) began the
                                     Number of Records Set
Vermont Record Fish Program
                                     70
to document the quality and                   68
diversity of fishing across          60

the state.                           50

                                     40
That foresight has proven
lucky, because now, after 50         30
                                                       29
years of keeping fish records,       20
                                                                                   21
many anglers recognize what          10
                                                                 15       15

the department knew all
                                      0
along — that Vermont has the                1969 – 1979 – 1989 – 1999 – 2009–
                                              1978    1988    1998    2008    2018
highest quality and variety of
freshwater fish in New England.
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In 1969, the department first started keeping track of “record
      fish” as a way of documenting the quality and diversity of
      fishing across the state.


Despite the old saying that “fishing isn’t as good as       If you’re looking for a new challenge, and a way to
it used to be,” Vermont’s record-setting pace has           get your name into the record books, spend some
been fairly consistent during the last 40 years. For        time looking through the Record Fish Program
example, the first State Record smallmouth bass             listings on the department website. You’ll soon
was established in 1969 at 6.44-lbs. That record has        recognize that Vermont truly is an anglers’ paradise
been broken three times since then, with the most           that is matched by very few locations elsewhere! 
recent and current State Record being a 6.81-lb fish
                                                                   https://anrweb.vt.gov/FWD/FW/
caught in 2003. The first bluegill State Record was                Vermontfishrecords.aspx
established in 1985 (0.75-lbs) and has been bested
8 times since then, with the current State Record
being caught in 2016 at 1.98-lbs.

On the other hand, some records have been harder
to break. While the first recognized State Record
largemouth bass was set in 1969 at 5.63-lbs and has
been surpassed 8 times since then (1970, 1975, 1976,
1977, 1982, 1985, and 1986), the current record set in
1988 is holding steady 31 years later. The first northern
pike record was also set in 1969 at 19-lbs, beaten the
next year in 1970 by a 26-lb fish, and lastly in 1977 by
a monstrous 30.5-lb pike. That was 42 years ago. Can
that pike be topped in these modern times?

Despite these holdouts, fishing undoubtedly
continues to be excellent across Vermont, and trophy
fish are being caught with great frequency. In just the
last 10 years alone, 21 new all-time fish records have
been broken for 13 different species! No other state in
the northeastern U.S. has broken as many records in
                                                                                                                           Courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife




recent years in the same amount of time!

Anglers are taking advantage of many of the
overlooked fishing opportunities we have in our
state, and while fishing remains excellent for more
traditional species such as trout, salmon, bass, pike
                                                            Dennis Harwood hooked this gigantic native brook trout in Paran
and others, there are many other species out there that     Creek in April 1977. At 5 pounds, 12 ounces and 22.5 inches
can provide amazing action with real trophy potential.      long, this fish is still the record brook trout taken in Vermont.


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NOTABLE STATE RECORDS FROM THE LAST 10 YEARS

     2010
       Rich Levesque                                                                             2011
                                                               Bob Scott




     SPECIES: Walleye (Caught through the ice.)
     WEIGHT: 14.5-lbs WATERBODY: Lake Champlain               SPECIES: Channel Catfish
                                                              WEIGHT: 35.9-lbs WATERBODY: Lake St. Catherine


     2015                                                                                        2016
       Keith Sherwood
                                                               Joe Whalen




     SPECIES: Yellow Perch (Knocking out a 34 year record!)
     WEIGHT: 2.4-lbs WATERBODY: Caspian Lake
                                                              SPECIES: Freshwater Drum
                                                              WEIGHT: 25.5-lbs WATERBODY: Lake Champlain

     2017
       Chase Stokes                                                      2017 2018         and

                                                               Mike Elwood




     SPECIES: Carp
     WEIGHT: 33.25-lbs WATERBODY: Otter Creek
                                                              SPECIES: Redhorse Sucker (Back-to-back records.)
                                                              WEIGHT: 9.9-lbs/10.8-lbs WATERBODY: Winooski River
Photos Courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife




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Aquatic Invasive Species Laws
      On June 8, 2017, the Vermont Legislature enacted new rules regarding aquatic invasive
      species. The changes include the following:
            PROHIBITED SPECIES: In addition to zebra mussels, quagga mussels, and all aquatic plants, the
            possession of rusty crayfish, Asian clam, spiny water flea, and fishhook water flea is now prohibited.
            VESSEL INSPECTIONS: All watercraft operators are now required to inspect their own vessels
            and trailers and remove and dispose of all aquatic plants and aquatic invasive species prior to
            launching and upon leaving a state water.
            DRAINING OF VESSELS: Prior to leaving state waters, all watercraft operators are now required to
            drain their vessels, trailers, and all other equipment of water, including water in live wells, ballast
            tanks, and bilge areas. When transporting vessels on the road, all drain plugs, bailers, valves,
            and other devices that are used to control the draining of water must be removed or placed in
            the open position. Bait buckets, water hauling, and emergency-response vehicles are exempted
            from this requirement.
            MANDATORY BOAT INSPECTIONS: Boat inspections are now mandatory whenever a Vermont
            Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) authorized inspection station is present, is
            open/staffed, and one’s vessel is identified as requiring inspection. Refusing to comply with a
            mandatory inspection and decontamination is now considered a violation of state law.
     NOTE: the term “vessel” means any type of watercraft that can be used as a means of transportation on water,
     including boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, personal watercraft, and so on.


     Aquatic Invasive Species Identification
     It is illegal to possess or transport the following aquatic invasive species found in Vermont:

     Rusty Crayfish                            Alewife                                          Water Chestnut



                                               North American Native Fishes Association         B. Smorgans

                                               Asian Clam                                       Variable-Leaf Watermilfoil



     Jeff Gunderson, Minnesota Sea Grant
                                               GB Nonnative Species Secretariat                 Dennis Roberge, Courtesy of Maine VLMP
     A new invasive crayfish species that      Eurasian Watermilfoil                            Zebra Mussel
     can displace native crayfish and
     destroy aquatic habitat has been
     found in Vermont. Rusty crayfish
     can reach 5 inches in length and
     can be identified by dark reddish         Alison Fox, University of Florida, Bugwood.org   U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
     spots on either side of their shell       Spiny Water Flea
     and large, strong, smooth claws                                                            Note: Transporting any aquatic plant
     that can be a brownish-olive color                                                         or aquatic plant part, zebra mussel,
     or a reddish-brown color with black                                                        or quagga mussel on the outside of a
                                                                                                vehicle, boat, personal watercraft, trailer,
     or orange tips.                                                                            or other equipment is illegal. Violators
                                               Jeff Gunderson, Minnesota Sea Grant              are subject to a penalty of up to $1,000.



14          Vermont Fish & Wildlife
Always Open, Always Free
Fishing access areas offer an easy way onto the water




                                                                                                Kurt Budliger
Vermont Fish & Wildlife manages 196 fishing access areas
that are free and open to anglers, hunters, trappers, and
boaters — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Included in the department’s
access program are
                                                  BEFORE YOU BACK
 „„ 171
      fishing access areas that provide           DOWN THE RAMP:
   boat launches for watercraft
                                                  1. “Load before you launch” — put
 „„ Fishing
          access areas on more than 130              all gear into your boat while in the
   unique bodies of water                            parking lot, not on the ramp;
 „„ 34
     fishing access areas on Lake
   Champlain alone                                2. Loosen any tie-downs, insert plug;
 „„ 7
    fishing access areas along the                3. Help STOP aquatic hitchhikers:
   Connecticut River                                 CHECK, DRAIN, DRY. Make it a habit
Use our helpful interactive fishing access area
                                                     BEFORE launching and BEFORE
map at www.vtfishandwildlife.com to plan             leaving to carefully inspect and clean
your next trip on the water!                         your vessel;
                                                  4. Back down ramp, launch and secure
                                                     your boat to dock or on shore;
The state’s 196 fishing access                    5. Immediately move and park your
areas are identifiable by signs                      vehicle in the appropriate location.
like this. They are always free
and open to anglers, hunters,                     Remember: SWIMMING OR SUNBATHING
trappers, and boaters.                            at access areas is prohibited.


                                                         2019 Fishing Guide & Regulations      15
License
                               Information




                                                                                                                                                               Tom Rogers
                      Buying Your License                              2. Visit one of our district offices or      archery deer season, muzzleloader deer
                                                                          authorized license agents. A list of      season, and turkey seasons (each with
                      Anyone can apply for a fishing license.             license agents is available at            their own tags).
                      There is no requirement to have had a               www.vtfishandwildlife.com, or you
                      previous fishing license.                           can call us at (802) 828-1190 for         Resident Status
                      Important things to remember:                       an agent closest to you.
                                                                                                                    In order to obtain resident annual
                       „„ Fill  in your information as you wish        3. Print a license application from          licenses, a person must have lived in
                           it to appear on your license. Your             www.vtfishandwildlife.com, fill out,      Vermont for the six months immediately
                           printed license and a photo ID should          and send in with your payment.            prior to applying for a license and NOT
                           be carried whenever you go fishing,                                                      claimed residence elsewhere for any
                           hunting, or trapping.                      Licenses Are Required                         other reason.
                       „„ If  you are purchasing a term fishing       Any person engaged in fishing, hunting,       An applicant for a resident lifetime
                           license (a fishing license for a shorter   or taking any wild animals must be            license must have been a resident for at
                                                                      properly licensed, except as listed below
LICENSE INFORMATION




                           duration than the whole year), make                                                      least 12 months or must be a dependent
                           sure you specify the day you plan to       under exceptions. Wild animals are            of a resident.
                           start fishing. Term fishing licenses are   defined by law as ALL animals, including
                                                                      birds, amphibians, and reptiles, other        A nonresident student who is enrolled in
                           for consecutive days.                                                                    a high school, college, or university within
                                                                      than domestic animals.
                       „„ If  you are purchasing a hunting,                                                         the state is entitled to a resident fishing,
                           combination, archery, or trapping                                                        hunting, or combination license.
                           license, you must have held a              License Possession
                                                                                                                    To qualify, the student must have
                           previous hunting, combination,             Appropriate licenses must be carried          successfully completed two successive
                           archery, or trapping license in            while hunting, fishing, trapping, or          semesters at his or her Vermont school
                           Vermont, any other state, or Canada,       transporting fish, game, or furbearers.       or college, must present an admission
                           or have passed a state of Vermont–         The licenses must be exhibited on             card, and must pay the resident fee.
                           approved safety course. You may            demand of a state game warden or other
                           complete the license affidavit form        enforcement officer, or the owner of the
                           certifying that you have held this type    land on which such person is hunting,         Exceptions to License
                           of license previously or passed a state    fishing, or trapping. See Title 10 V.S.A.     Requirements
                           of Vermont–approved safety course.         Section 4266. An electronic or digital        A resident owner of land in Vermont, his
                      We offer three easy ways to purchase all        copy of the license is acceptable, except     or her spouse, and minor children may
                      fishing or combination licenses:                for minor children who are hunting with       hunt within the boundary of that land
                                                                      rifle or bow must still carry a paper         and take fish from a private pond within
                       1. Go online to                                license signed by their parent.               the boundary of that land without a
                          www.vtfishandwildlife.com.                                                                license within season (except if their
                          You will need the following:                FREE Fishing Days                             right to obtain a license is under
                           „„ A printer to print your license.        The second Saturday in June and               suspension). A nonresident owner of
                              Printing requires Adobe Acrobat         the last Saturday in January are Free         land has equal privilege if his or her land
                              Reader on your computer.                Fishing Days in Vermont. Residents and        is NOT posted (except if their right to
                              You can download the free               nonresidents may fish without a license.      obtain a license is under suspension).
                              Acrobat Reader software from            All legal fishing methods and limits apply.   “Posted” means any signage that would
                              our website.                                                                          lead a reasonable person to believe that
                           „„ A credit card. We accept                My License Covers What?                       hunting is prohibited on the land, except
                                                                                                                    for “Safety Zone” signs.
                              Visa, Discover, or MasterCard
                              for payment.                            Fishing licenses cover fishing throughout
                                                                                                                    Children under 15 never need a license
                                                                      the year.
                          Nice to have ready if you have one:                                                       to fish.
                           „„ Your Conservation Identification        Combination licenses include a late-
                              Number or CID #. You can look           season bear tag and a November-               Military Personnel
                              up your Conservation ID on the          season legal buck tag. They also cover
                                                                      small-game hunting. Add-on licenses           Any resident of Vermont who certifies
                              website or find it on your                                                            that he or she is serving on active duty
                              previous license.                       are required for early season bear,
                                                                                                                    in the armed forces of the United States

                      16          Vermont Fish & Wildlife
or is performing, or is under orders           A Vermont resident who is a veteran of the      Lifetime Licenses
to perform, a homeland defense or              armed forces of the United States and who
stateside contingency operation for a          is 60 percent disabled due to a service-        A resident or nonresident lifetime fishing,
period of 120 or more consecutive days         connected disability may receive a free         hunting, or combination fishing and
may obtain at no cost a hunting or fishing     fishing or combination license, if qualified,   hunting license may be obtained from the
license or combination hunting and             upon presentation of a certificate issued       Fish & Wildlife Department. Applications
fishing license.                               by the Department of Veterans Affairs so        are available on our website or from the
                                               certified by Title 10 V.S.A. Section 4255.      office. Fees are as follows:
A person who obtains a license under
this provision may keep the license until      To see if you qualify for the license, call      „„ for children < 1 year old = 6x
it expires, whether or not the person          Licensing at (802) 828-1190. If you                 current adult license price;
continues to serve in the armed forces.        qualify for a combination license, you           „„ for children 1–15 years old = 16x

A nonresident member of the armed              will also receive turkey and muzzleloader           current adult license price;
forces of the United States who certifies      deer licenses. If you qualify for an archery     „„ for adults 16–24 years old = 31x
that he or she is on active duty and           license, you will receive one.                      current adult license price;
stationed at a military, air or naval post,    Permanent licenses do not include duck           „„ for adults 25–64 years old = 26x
station or base within Vermont may buy a       stamps or entries into the moose and                current adult license price.
license to hunt or fish at the resident fee.   antlerless lotteries or permits.
Any questions on eligibility for
military licenses?
Call (802) 828-1190 or email
fwlicensing@vermont.gov.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department                  VERMONT IS A MEMBER OF THE
Attn: Licensing
1 National Life Drive, Dewey Building


                                                    Interstate
Montpelier, VT 05620-3208

Permanent Licenses

                                                    Wildlife




                                                                                                                                                    LICENSE INFORMATION
Any Vermont resident who is 66 or
older may apply for and purchase a
permanent license on our website, at


                                                    Violator
an authorized license agent, at our
district offices, or by mail.
If a permanent license holder wishes to
hunt for a second archery deer, he/she
must purchase the additional archery
                                                    Compact

                                                                                                                                       Bear Cieri
license. If waterfowl hunting, he/she
must also purchase state and federal
duck stamps and register with H.I.P.
each year.                                          The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC) ensures that, in
Permanent licenses do not include duck              participating states, nonresident violators will receive the same
stamps or entries into the moose and                treatment as resident violators. IWVC member states reciprocate
antlerless lotteries or permits.
                                                    in the suspension or revocation of licenses and permits resulting
Permanent Disability                                from violation of hunting, fishing, or trapping laws.
Licenses
                                                    If an individual’s license or permit privileges are revoked in
A legally blind person who is a Vermont
                                                    one compact member state, they are subject to suspension or
resident may apply for a free permanent
fishing license. Information is available           revocation in all other member states. For example, if a Vermont
from the Fish & Wildlife office or                  resident has their hunting privileges suspended in Minnesota,
www.vtfishandwildlife.com.                          their privileges may also be suspended in Vermont and in all
A Vermont resident who is paraplegic                other compact states. This helps prevent habitual violators from
or who is certified by a physician to               relocating their illegal activities to other member states.
have permanent severe physical
mobility disability may receive a
free permanent fishing, hunting, or
                                                    The IWVC also has established procedures that cause a nonresident
combination license, if qualified, with             violator who fails to comply with the terms of a citation issued in a
the proper proof of disability.                     participating state to face the possibility of the suspension of their
“Paraplegic” is a person with permanent             wildlife license privileges in their home state until the terms of the
paralysis of the lower half of the body             citation are met. The goal of the IWVC is to facilitate improved
with involvement or loss of both legs. A
                                                    enforcement of hunting, fishing, and trapping laws through the
Statement of Disability form is available
from the office or our website.                     cooperation of law enforcement units in member states.


                                                                                        2019 Fishing Guide & Regulations              17
Lifetime and Permanent                            „„ Asigned affidavit attesting to having    Suspensions
                                                                          a prior hunting, combination, archery,
                      License Renewal                                     or trapping license from Vermont or
                                                                                                                     „„ For  10 to 14 points accumulated in
                                                                                                                        five years: one-year suspension.
                      If you intend to hunt, fish, or trap this           any other state or province.
                      year, you must update your lifetime,                                                           „„ For 15 to 19 points accumulated in
                                                                       A person under age 16 must have his or           five years: two-year suspension.
                      permanent disability or permanent
                                                                       her parent or guardian sign to obtain a
                      license regardless of whether or not                                                           „„ For 20 points or more accumulated in
                                                                       hunting license.
                      you used your tags. This statutory                                                                five years: three-year suspension.
                      requirement has been put in place to             NOTE: Federal firearms laws, found at
                                                                                                                     „„ Conviction of carelessly or negligently
                      allow the department to collect accurate         18 U.S.C. Sect. 922, prohibit certain
                                                                                                                        wounding a person by gunshot, or
                      harvest and licensing information for            individuals, including those convicted
                                                                                                                        manslaughter by the careless and
                      lifetime licenses. There is no penalty for       of felonies or any domestic violence
                                                                                                                        negligent use of firearms, will, by
                      the failure to renew.                            offense, those subject to a final relief
                                                                                                                        statute, revoke the hunting license
                                                                       from abuse order, and unlawful users of
                      This updated license will include current                                                         privilege or the right to obtain such
                                                                       controlled substances, from possessing
                      year tags. You may update your license at                                                         license for five years.
                                                                       centerfire and rimfire firearms. For a
                      no cost online at www.vtfishandwildlife.                                                       „„ It is illegal to hunt, fish, or trap while
                                                                       complete list of prohibitions, contact the
                      com. If you are unable to go online,                                                              a license or right to obtain a license is
                                                                       Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms,
                      you can call (802) 828-1190 or go to                                                              under suspension in Vermont or any
                                                                       and Explosives at (802) 865-4020.
                      any authorized license agent or Fish                                                              other state that is a member of the
                      & Wildlife office. A license agent may           State Border Requirements                        Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
                      charge you up to $1.50 for a reprint.
                                                                       A person with a resident Vermont              „„ Landowners may not hunt, fish,
                                                                                                                        or trap on their land if their license
                      Requirements for                                 fishing license may take fish anywhere
                                                                       in the Connecticut River, subject to             is suspended.
                      Hunting, Combination                             the regulations of Vermont and New            „„ Fine: up to $2,000 and additional
                      Hunting and Fishing,                             Hampshire. Hunting licenses for                  suspension period.
                      Archery, and Trapping                            residents and nonresidents are only valid     „„ Remedial Course: A person whose
                                                                       to the New Hampshire state boundary,
                      Licenses                                         which is the low-water mark on the
                                                                                                                        license is revoked with 15 or more
                                                                                                                        points accumulated in five years must
                      An applicant for a hunting, combination          Vermont side of the Connecticut River.           successfully complete a remedial
LICENSE INFORMATION




                      hunting and fishing, archery, or trapping        For Lake Champlain fishing license               course designed to teach hunters,
                      license must present either                      information, see “Fishing Licenses” in           trappers, and anglers correct legal
                       „„ A  previous or current hunting,              the Fishing Information section, page 30.        and ethical behavior while hunting,
                          combination, archery, or trapping            License Revocation                               trapping, and fishing.
                          license from Vermont or any state or                                                       „„ Suspension Per Family Court Orders:
                          Canadian province; or                        10 V.S.A. Sect. 4502 — the “Uniform
                                                                                                                        Vermont hunting, fishing, and
                                                                       Point System” — provides that hunting,
                       „„ A certificate or a letter of proof showing                                                    trapping licenses and permits may be
                                                                       fishing, and trapping licenses will be
                          satisfactory completion of an approved                                                        suspended for failure to comply with
                                                                       revoked based on the number of points
                          hunter safety, archery, or trapping                                                           child support orders of the Family
                                                                       received when a person is convicted of
                          education course from Vermont or any                                                          Court. 15 V.S.A. Sect. 798(b).
                                                                       violating a fish or wildlife law.
                          other state or province; or




                                                                                         Green Mountain Conservation Camp
                                                                                         Canoeing, campfires, fishing, and fun.
                                                                                         What a great way to spend a week this Summer!
                                                                                         Discover Vermont’s wildlife and master outdoor
                                                                                         skills. Vermont Fish & Wildlife offers one-week
                                                                                         sessions for boys and girls, ages 12 to 14.
                                                                                         Sessions run from June through August
                                                                                         at two beautiful lake-side locations.
                                                                                         For more information, call (802) 828-1460 or visit
                                                                                         our website: www.vtfishandwildlife.com.




                      18         Vermont Fish & Wildlife
General
                                                                                                                  Regulations
                                                                                                                     and
                                                                                                                  Definitions




                                                                                                                                                          Tom Rogers
“Take” and “Taking”: This means                   Violators: A person who drives, transports,                penalties are capped at $42,500 for
pursuing, shooting, hunting, killing,             scouts, counsels, or otherwise aids                        a single violation. The complete list of
capturing, trapping, disturbing, harrying,        another person in a violation, or who                      threatened and endangered species is
worrying, wounding, snaring, or netting           knowingly possesses, consumes, or                          available on the Fish & Wildlife website
fish, birds, or other animals. It includes        otherwise shares in the proceeds of such                   (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). The list
placing, setting, drawing, or using any net       a violation by receiving or possessing fish                includes lake sturgeon, channel darter,
or other device commonly used to take             or wild animals, or any parts thereof, shall               eastern sand darter, stonecat, timber
fish or wild animals, whether they result         be punished as a principal.                                rattlesnake, bald eagle, spruce grouse,
in taking or not. It includes every attempt                                                                  beach heather, great laurel, Canada lynx,
to take and every act of assistance to            Damage to Fish & Wildlife Property:                        marten, little brown bat, and Indiana bat.




                                                                                                                                                                       GENERAL REGULATIONS AND DEFINITIONS
another person in taking or attempting to         A person who damages or destroys a                         Federal penalties also may apply.
take fish or wild animals.                        wildlife facsimile (decoy) owned by the
Camping and Trespass: It is illegal
                                                  Fish & Wildlife Department shall pay                       Posted Property Under
                                                  restitution for its replacement or repair.
to park, drive, or camp on another
                                                  Whoever intentionally or recklessly
                                                                                                             Fish & Wildlife Law
person’s land without permission of                                                                          Hunting, fishing, or trapping on properly
                                                  damages, injures, interferes with, or
the landowner. You must immediately                                                                          posted land is illegal without written
                                                  destroys any property, real or personal,
leave the property when the landowner                                                                        permission. This includes land posted
                                                  belonging to or controlled by the state
requests it, whether the property is                                                                         for hunting, fishing, or trapping by
                                                  for fish, game, or wildlife purposes shall
posted or not. Roadside or public                                                                            permission only. Properly posted land will
                                                  be fined not more than $2,500 and
highway turnouts are not legal for                                                                           have records filed with the town clerk and
                                                  pay restitution to repair or replace the
overnight camping.                                                                                           the Fish & Wildlife Department. See Title
                                                  damaged property.
Importation of Wildlife: It is illegal to bring                                                              10, V.S.A., Sections 5201 to 5206.
live wild mammals, birds, amphibians,             Reimbursement for                                          Whether the property is posted or not, a
reptiles, or fish into Vermont without            Illegally Taken Fish or                                    hunter or angler shall show their license
previously obtaining an importation
permit from the Fish & Wildlife                   Wildlife                                                   if requested by the landowner.
Department.                                       In addition to any court penalties, anyone                 It is illegal to damage or remove posters
                                                  convicted of illegally taking, destroying,                 prohibiting hunting, fishing, or trapping.
Interfering With Hunters, Anglers, and
Trappers: It is illegal to intentionally          or possessing wild animals must pay, as                    A person must leave the land
interfere with someone who is lawfully            restitution, into the fish and wildlife fund               immediately on demand of the owner,
taking fish or wild animals, or to disrupt        no more than the following amounts:                        whether the land is posted or not.
the taking of any fish or wild animal
by harassing or disturbing the fish or             Big Game.......................... $2,000.00              Posting and By Permission
animal.                                            Endangered Threatened                                     Only Signs
                                                   Species (T10, 5401)...... $2,000.00                       A landowner, or a person having the
Interstate Highways: No one may legally
                                                   Small Game...........................$500.00              exclusive right to take fish or wild
travel on foot within the right-of-way or
                                                                                                             animals on land or the waters thereon
cross-boundary fences along interstate             Fish............................................$25.00    may maintain signs stating that hunting,
highways. Rest areas and pullouts are
                                                                                                             fishing, or trapping, or any combination
NOT access areas for hunting, fishing, or
entering on adjacent lands unless posted          Threatened and                                             of the three is prohibited or by
                                                                                                             permission only.
as such.                                          Endangered Species
                                                                                                             See 10 V.S.A. Appendix Sect. 14 for
Private Roads and Lands: Law prohibits            Anyone who takes or injures a Vermont                      fish stocking requirements to post
obstructing private driveways, barways,           Threatened or Endangered Species is                        against fishing.
or gateways with motor vehicles. People           subject to either civil enforcement or
shall not drive over private lands or enter       criminal prosecution for a big game                        Permission Only signs shall state the
these lands for the purpose of camping            violation. Criminal penalties include                      owner’s name and a method by which to
without the permission of the landowner.          up to 60 days incarceration, a $500 to                     contact the owner or a person authorized
                                                  $2,000 fine, a $2,000 payment to the                       to provide permission to hunt, fish, or
Season Dates: All season dates in this
                                                  fish and wildlife fund, and restitution                    trap on the property.
book are inclusive.
                                                  costs. Agency civil enforcement


                                                                                                       2019 Fishing Guide & Regulations             19
Posting and Permission Only Signs            supper. Contact the Law Enforcement              Authorized Activities
                                       „„ The  owner or person posting the         Division of the Fish & Wildlife Department        A. Hunting, fishing, trapping, target
                                          land shall annually record the           for a permit application.                            shooting at designated shooting
                                          posting at the town clerk’s office                                                            ranges, and associated activities
                                          for a fee of $5.00.                      Transportation of                                    in accordance with all applicable
                                       „„ Signs must be not less than 8½           Fish or Game                                         Vermont Fish & Wildlife laws and
                                          inches by 11 inches.                     Transportation of fish or game is only               regulations (where WMA maps
                                                                                   permitted in the presence of the person              are referred to below, go to
                                       „„ Lettering and background on the
                                                                                   who took that fish or game. A person                 www.vtfishandwildlife.com
                                          signs must be of contrasting colors.                                                          for more information);
                                                                                   shall not transport fish or game
                                       „„ Signs must be maintained at all times
                                                                                                                                     B. Fish and wildlife viewing and
                                          and dated each year.                      „„ Taken   by someone else unless
                                                                                                                                        photography;
                                       „„ Signs must be erected on or near all         the person who took the fish or
                                                                                       game accompanies it;                          C. Boating, including launching and
                                          boundaries, at each corner, and not                                                           landing, for fish- and wildlife-based
                                          over 400 feet apart.                      „„ During closed season for that
                                                                                                                                        activities where not otherwise
                                       „„ Signs shall not be considered void if        fish or game;
                                                                                                                                        prohibited by any other relevant
                                          other language is added, as long as a     „„ If it exceeds the number or limit                regulations or statutes;
                                          reasonable person would understand           of fish or game that may legally
                                                                                                                                     D. Dispersed, wildlife-based pedestrian
                                          that hunting, fishing, or trapping are       be taken in a day.
                                                                                                                                        activities, including walking,
                                          prohibited.                              However, a person traveling on land                  snowshoeing, swimming, cross-
                                      Safety Zone: A property owner may            between a temporary abode, such as                   country skiing, and collection of
                                      establish a 500-foot Safety Zone around      a hunting camp, and his or her home                  shed antlers;
                                      an occupied dwelling, residence,             may transport in one day the number               E. Noncommercial picking of berries,
                                      barn, stable, or other building with         of fish or game that may legally be                  nuts, fungi, and other wild edibles
                                      signs provided by the Fish & Wildlife        taken in two days.
GENERAL REGULATIONS AND DEFINITIONS




                                                                                                                                        except ginseng;
                                      Department. These signs shall be placed      While on the waters of the state, a
                                      at each corner of the Safety Zone and no                                                       F. Guiding for purposes of fishing,
                                                                                   person may not transport more than one               hunting, and trapping;
                                      more than 200 feet apart. Shooting is        day’s limit of fish unless the fish is frozen,
                                      prohibited in the Safety Zone, and no wild                                                     G. Camping for purposes of hunting,
                                                                                   processed, and packaged for storage.
                                      animal may be taken within it without                                                             fishing, or trapping:
                                      permission from the owner.
                                                                                   Public Use of                                         „„ Nonprimitive camping with a
                                                                                                                                            portable shelter equipped with a
                                      Sale or Purchase of                          Fish & Wildlife Lands                                    self-contained, portable, sanitary
                                      Fish and Game                                Vermont Fish & Wildlife owns 92 Wildlife                 toilet on sites designated by the
                                                                                   Management Areas (WMAs), two                             department for this purpose, for
                                      Sale and Purchase of Fish: A person          conservation camps, five fish culture                    no more than 16 days during the
                                      shall not buy or sell a salmon, trout,       stations, and other conservation lands                   periods of May 1–31 and Sept.
                                      lake trout, walleye, northern pike,          totaling more than 135,000 acres                         1–Dec. 15; see WMA maps for
                                      muskellunge, black bass, or other fish       throughout Vermont. A rule enacted in                    designated campsite locations.
                                      specified by regulation, taken in this       2013 allows the department to better                  „„ Primitive camping (occupying a
                                      state, or imported from another state        protect the public’s use of and interests                site in a natural environment with
                                      or country where sale of such fish is        in these lands. WMAs were created for                    no developed facilities, leaving
                                      prohibited, except such fish reared in       the conservation of fish, wildlife, and                  the site in its original condition
                                      licensed propagation farms within the        their habitats, and to provide people                    so there is no or minimal
                                      state. No person shall buy fish for resale   with opportunities to enjoy these                        evidence of human visitation) on
                                      without a Fish Buyer Permit issued by the    resources through fish- and wildlife-                    the following WMAs for no more
                                      commissioner.                                based outdoor activities such as fishing,                than three consecutive nights;
                                      Game Suppers: Game suppers may be            hunting, trapping, and wildlife viewing                  campsites must be at least 200
                                      held at any time by a church, volunteer      and photography. Wildlife Management                     feet from any waterbody, property
                                      fire department, fish and game club, or      Area maps are available at                               line, or road. For a complete list
                                      other nonprofit organization with a permit   www.vtfishandwildlife.com or at Vermont                  of WMAs that allow primitive
                                      issued by a state game warden.               Fish & Wildlife District Offices.                        camping (and restrictions), see
                                      Wild animals and fish legally taken in                                                                https://vtfishandwildlife.com/
                                                                                   Definitions                                              hunt/find-a-place-to-hunt/find-
                                      this state, or another state or country,
                                                                                   Commercial activity means any                            a-wildlife-management-area/
                                      may be transported and sold as part of
                                                                                   activity or service that produces income                 authorized-and-prohibited-
                                      a game supper authorized by permit.
                                                                                   for any person, group, business, or                      activities-on-fish-wildlife-lands.
                                      Big game provided by the Fish & Wildlife
                                                                                   entity, including any activity or service
                                      Department may also be sold at such                                                           Prohibited Activities
                                                                                   by any nonprofit entity where a fee is
                                      suppers. Migratory waterfowl, cottontail
                                                                                   required or requested.                            „„ The operation of any ATV, UTV, or any
                                      rabbits, snowshoe hare, and anadromous
                                                                                                                                       wheeled or tracked motorized vehicle
                                      salmon may not be sold. Permits for          Emergency situation means an
                                                                                                                                       not registered for public highway use,
                                      game suppers must state the name of          unintended or unforeseen situation that
                                                                                                                                       except as provided under special
                                      the organization holding the supper,         poses a risk to health or life of a person
                                                                                                                                       permit from the commissioner to
                                      as well as the date and location of the      or animal.
                                                                                                                                       accommodate a person with a
                                      supper. A permit needs to be applied for
                                                                                                                                       qualified disability pursuant to the
                                      at least 10 days before the date of the
                                                                                                                                       Americans With Disabilities Act;

                                      20       Vermont Fish & Wildlife
„„ Use  of motorized vehicles, except on
   roads specifically designated for such
   use (see WMA maps);
„„ Snowmobiling, except as approved by
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   the department and on designated
   corridors (see WMA maps);


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„„ Horseback riding, dog sledding,
   nonmotorized cycle riding, or use
   of motorized vehicles, except on

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   designated corridors (see WMA maps);
„„ Draft and pack animals, except for
   retrieval of legally harvested moose,
   deer, and black bear during the
   respective hunting season(s);
„„ Commercial activities, except for
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„„ Artifact or fossil collection;
„„ Fires, except in emergency situations,
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   or for nonprimitive and primitive
   camping as specified in this rule;
„„ Abandoning or disposing of any
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   animal carcass, or their parts, except
   that portions of fish or game legally
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   harvested on the property may be
   deposited on site during routine
   field processing for preservation

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   and transport, or parts used in
   conjunction with legal trapping;
„„ Construction or placement of temporary
   or permanent structures, except for tree
   stands and ground blinds as specified
   for use on state Wildlife Management
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   specified under the Game Bird Hunting
   section of the Hunting/Trapping Guide;
„„ Collection of plants, trees, evergreen
   brush, or limbs, except wild edibles
   when allowed under of this rule;
„„ Use of any fireworks or pyrotechnic
   devices, except signal flares in an
   emergency situation;
„„ Feeding or baiting of wildlife, except if
   otherwise authorized by law;
„„ Taking of fish from a fish culture
   station, except during special events
   established by the department,
   including, but not limited to, fishing
   derbies, clinics, and educational events;
„„ Entering within 500 feet of any building
   or other associated infrastructure that
   is associated with a department fish
   culture station or conservation camp
   during times of the day other than
   those times posted for public use;
„„ Parking of vehicles, except while
   engaged in an authorized activity;
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   including, but not limited to, para-
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   climbing, and geocaching.

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