* Term Licenses: All dates are inclusive and consecutive.
**Crossbow Permit: A person who is impaired to the degree that he or she cannot operate a standard bow may obtain a permit to take game with a crossbow. Crossbow permit application »
*** Small Game Licenses: Entitles the holder to take small game, furbearers and other wild animals (except big game) by any lawful means other than a trap.
**** Both Federal and State Waterfowl Stamps are needed for waterfowl hunting by anyone 16 or older
If applying for a hunting license, a copy of a current or previous hunting license from any state or province or a hunter education certificate is required.
A mentored hunting license is available to a resident or nonresident who:
- Has never successfully completed a hunter safety course
- Has never held a hunting license in Vermont or any other state or province.
Cost for the mentored hunting license:
- Resident - $10.00
- Nonresident - $10.00
A person issued a mentored hunting license may hunt when:
- Accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older who holds a valid Vermont hunting license. In these circumstances, the term “accompanied” means that the mentored hunter is in the direct control and supervision of the fully licensed adult hunter and is within 15 feet of the fully licensed adult hunter.
- A parent or legal guardian has also signed the license if the applicant is 15 years old or younger.
- The fully licensed adult hunter may take afield only one person at a time who holds a mentored hunting license and shall sign and date the mentored hunting license at the time of the hunt.
- A person holding a mentored hunting license is subject to the bag limit of the fully licensed adult accompanying hunter. When game is taken by a person holding a mentored hunting license, it shall be deemed taken by the fully licensed adult accompanying hunter.
- After tagging and reporting game, if required, a person who holds a mentored hunting license may, unaccompanied by the fully licensed adult hunter, transport game he or she has taken.
There are limitations on a person who holds a mentored hunting license:
- A person who holds a mentored hunting license is not eligible to hold a moose permit or accompany moose hunters or participate in youth deer or youth turkey hunting weekends.
- A person who holds a mentored hunting license who is 16 or older is required to purchase and carry a federal duck stamp in order to hunt waterfowl.
- A mentored hunting license is available for only two separate calendar years.
Penalties for Violations
Fines for a violation of this section or any fish and wildlife law are doubled and assessed against the fully licensed adult hunter accompanying the mentored license hunter. Points for the violation(s) will be assessed against the fully licensed adult hunter.
- Any RESIDENT of Vermont who certifies that he or she is serving on active duty in the armed forces of the United States or is performing, or is under orders to perform, a homeland defense or state-side contingency operation for a period of 120 or more consecutive days may obtain at no cost a hunting or fishing license or combination hunting and fishing license. A person who obtains a license under this provision may keep the license until it expires, whether or not the person continues to serve in the armed forces. If requesting a hunting or combination license, you also need to submit a copy of your hunter education certification, a previous hunting license, or sign an affidavit stating you have held a hunting license.
- A NONRESIDENT member of the armed forces of the United States who certifies that he or she is on active duty and stationed at a military, air or naval post, station or base within Vermont may buy a license to hunt or fish at the resident fee.
- These licenses are available from our Montpelier office and online (effective July 1, 2011). They are not available at license agents at this time. Any questions on eligibility for military licenses should be directed to 802-828-1190 or firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to:
Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
1 National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
- General Requirements
An applicant for a hunting or combination license must present either:
- A previous or current hunting or combination license from any state or Canadian province, or
- A certificate or a letter of proof showing satisfactory completion of an approved hunter safety course from Vermont or any other state or province, or
- Other satisfactory proof of prior license or hunter safety certification. A person may be able to obtain a copy of the license from the clerk or agent where the last license was purchased, or a notarized statement signed by the clerk or agent is sufficient proof.
- A person under age 16 must have his or her parent or guardian sign in the presence of an issuing agent to obtain a hunting license.
- Archery License Requirements
To purchase an archery license a person must present either:
- A certificate of satisfactory completion of a bow hunter education course in Vermont or another state or a province of Canada or
- An archery license from Vermont or another state or a province of Canada valid for any year or
- Other satisfactory proof that the applicant has held an archery license.
Trapping License Requirements
The law requires that an applicant for a trapping license must present either:
- A previous or current trapping license from any state or Canadian province, or
- A certificate showing satisfactory completion of a trapper education course, or
- Other satisfactory proof that the applicant has previously held a trapping license