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Season Opens for Woodcock and Common Snipe

October 1, 2017

Season extends from October 1 thru November 14.

Regulations require woodcock hunters to make sure their shotgun is capable of holding no more than three shells. Federal law requires migratory bird hunters to register with the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP). Migratory game birds include: ducks, geese, brant, coots, snipe, and woodcock.

How do I register?

Registering is easy. You will be asked for your name, address, date of birth and a brief summary of last year’s hunting activity. There is no charge for a HIP registration number.

There are two ways to get a HIP registration number:

  1. Get your HIP number by registering online.
  2. Call 1-877-306-7091 Monday Friday, 7:45 am to 4:30 pm EST. A live operator will give you a HIP registration number.

You must write the HIP registration number in the Harvest Information Program section of your hunting license.

Permanent or lifetime license holders should print the response form with your HIP registration number and carry it with you while hunting migratory birds.

Please remember Vermont and federal migratory waterfowl stamps are also needed to hunt ducks or geese, if you are 16 years old or older.

Hunters must re-register annually.

Forgot your HIP registration number? Look up your h.i.p. registration number​

See chart below for other migratory bird seasons

For more migratory bird hunting information, click below:

2017-2018 Syllabus of Hunting Regulations For Migratory Birds in Vermont


October 1, 2017
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Vermont Fish & Wildlife