Hunting Season Hiking

With a fresh snowfall blanketing Vermont, it's a beautiful time to go outside, look for animal tracks in the snow, and take notice of the changing season. Before you head into the woods during this time of year, keep in mind that hunting season may be in progress. Hunting is an annual tradition for Vermonters and an important part of the state’s cultural heritage. Many people view hunting as a way to source their meat locally and build a relationship with the land. Hunting is allowed on all state lands, including State Parks, during the off-season.

Though hunting season may be in full swing, the parks are still available for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or skiing.  Please come and visit the parks, but remember to be cautious in the woods. Dress in blaze orange (dogs, too) and make yourself heard.

You may be less likely to run into hunters at State Parks like Niquette Bay, Underhill, Knight Point, and Mt. Philo. When planning your hike, please note that hunters are required to stay back at least 500 feet of park facilities and structures on state lands, so walking on park roads is a good option.

For more information on hunting in Vermont, view Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Hunting and Trapping Calendar. For more information on trails, view the Vermont State Parks Hiking page


Vermont Fish & Wildlife's Hunting & Trapping Calendar:

Nov 15, 2014 - Nov 23, 2014            Late Black Bear Hunting Season
Nov 15, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014            Rifle Deer Hunting Season          
Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 14 2014                Bow & Arrow Deer Hunting          
Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014               Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season

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