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Vermont - 2015 Season

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Season / ZoneDatesNotes
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Lake Champlain (LC)
Oct 8 - Oct 12
Oct 25 - Dec 18
The US portion of Lake Champlain and the area north and west of the line extending from the NY border along US-4 to VT-22A at Fair Haven; VT-22A to US-7 at Vergennes; US-7 to VT-78 at Swanton; VT-78 to VT-36; VT-36 to Maquam Bay on Lake Champlain; along and around the shoreline of Maquam Bay and Hog Island to VT-78 at the West Swanton Bridge; VT-78 to VT-2 in Alburg; VT-2 to the Richelieu River in Alburg; along the east shore of the Richelieu River to the Canadian border
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Interior Vermont (IV)
Oct 8 - Dec 6The portion of Vermont east of the Lake Champlain Zone and west of a line extending from the MA border at I-91; north along I-91 to US-2; east along US-2 to VT-102; north along VT-102 to VT-253; north along VT-253 to the Canadian border
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Connecticut River (CR)
Oct 2 - Nov 2
Nov 16 - Dec 13
The remaining portion of VT east of the Interior Zone. Migratory bird hunting seasons and rules for this zone are announced by the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department under their 'Inland Zone' rules
Canada Geese
LC & IV Zones
Sep 1 - Sep 25
Oct 10 - Nov 28
Includes white-fronted geese.
Canada Geese
CR Zone
Sep 1 - Sep 25
Oct 6 - Nov 5
Nov 15 - Dec 23
Includes white-fronted geese.
Snow Geese
LC & IV Zones
Oct 1 - Dec 29Includes blue geese.
Snow Geese
CR Zone
Oct 6 - Dec 27Includes blue geese.
LC & IV Zones
Oct 10 - Nov 8
CR Zone
Oct 6 - Nov 4
Statewide YouthSep 26 - Sep 27Open to licensed hunters age 15 and younger accompanied by a licensed non-hunting adult (18+). Bag & possession limits are the same for ducks, coots and mergansers, but the daily limit for Canada Geese is 3.

Additional Information

Bag LimitSpeciesDaily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
Duck6, including no more than:
  • 4 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 1 black duck
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 canvasback
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 scaup
  • 4 sea ducks (scoter, eider or long-tailed)
  • Zero harlequins
Merganser5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
Canada Goose
LC & IV: 8
CR: 5
Canada Goose
Snow/Blue Goose25, no possession limit
Hunting TimesAreaTimes
Statewide1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Arms & AmmoTypeDetails
Shotgun10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells
ShotMust be non-toxic, of size T or smaller
ArcheryCrossbows are prohibited
FalconryPermitted during open seasons