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Seasons Open for Ducks, Coots, Mergansers, Canada Geese in Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont Zones

October 11, 2017

Lake Champlain Zone
Ducks, Coots, Mergansers: October 11 thru October 15; November 7 thru December 31
Canada Geese: September 1 thru September 25; October 11 thru November 29

Interior Vermont Zone
Ducks, Coots, Mergansers: October 11 thru December 9
Canada Geese: September 1 thru September 25; October 11 thru November 29

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 11, 2017
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Vermont Fish & Wildlife