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February 2019

F&W Clinic: Introduction to Smelting, Waterbury

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fishing Clinic Introduction to Smelting Location: Waterbury Reservoir, Waterbury, VT Time: 5:00 pm Program participants will learn about fishing techniques  and regulations, fish identification, ice safety and more! Equipment will be provided, but participants should dress for the weather as the program will take place outside. Registration is required for all programs and can be completed by calling 802-265-2279 or emailing letsgofishing@vermont.gov. Location details will be given upon registering. Location details will be given upon registering. Thursday, February 21, 2019 -…

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Spring Snow Goose Season Opens, Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont Zones

February 26

Season extends through March 10. See 2018-Migratory_Waterfowl_Laws for more migratory bird hunting information.

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March 2019

Vermont Trapper Education Course, St. Johnsbury

March 2 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Linwood Smith’s Archery Shop, 281 Old Bradley Road
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 United States
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Register HERE. COURSE NOTE: Be sure to complete homework and bring to class; you can do the homework online or get the workbook through the State or from Linwood Smith, 535-9910. Bring a lunch and dress for weather. Before taking the Trapper Education course, students must first complete the prerequisite online course or have a completed manual & workbook. Trapper Education students are required to bring the online course completion certificate, or a completed workbook when they come to class.…

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Rabbit and Hare hunting closes, except WMUs D and E

March 10

2018 Rabbit & Hare Seasons: September 30, 2017 to March 11, 2018 AND September 29, 2018 to March 10, 2019 WMUs D and E remain open through March 31 Bag limit: 3 daily; 6 possession

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Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order season opens

March 11

Season extends from March 11 thru April 26. In the Connecticut River Zone, applies only to land, not Connecticut River waters. Each spring, Vermont places a conservation order for harvesting snow geese. This order is designed to increase harvest of these birds, whose populations now exceed one million in the Atlantic Flyway and threaten the long-term health of the ecosystems they inhabit. To establish a spring conservation order in Vermont, the state must collect information on hunter participation and snow…

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VT Hunter Education Program, New Instructor Training, Essex

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Essex F&W District Office, 111 West Street
Essex, VT 05451 United States
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Are you interested in becoming a volunteer instructor with the Vermont Hunter Education Program? Then this is the class for you! SIGN UP HERE. All paperwork must be completed before the first day of class. The process to becoming an instructor is as follows: 1) Submit all paperwork – see paperwork attached to the course announcement on the registration site. All paperwork must be submitted before or at the new instructor training class!** 2) Undergo an interview with a game…

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Otter, Muskrat & Beaver trapping closes; Rabbit and Hare hunting closes for WMUs D and E

March 31

2018 Furbearer Hunting Seasons Bobcat: January 10 to February 7 Red & Gray Fox: October 28, 2017 to February 11, 2018 AND October 27, 2018 to February 10, 2019 Raccoon: October 13 to December 31 Muskrat: March 20 to April 19 Coyote, Opossum, Skunk, Weasel: No Closed Season Beaver, Otter, Mink, Fisher, Marten, Lynx, Wolf, Eastern Mountain Lion: NO OPEN SEASON 2018 Furbearer Trapping Seasons Mink, Skunk, Red & Gray Fox, Raccoon, Coyote, Opossum, Weasel: October 27 to December 31…

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April 2019

F&W Seminar: Turkey Hunting, Barre

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Barre Fish & Game Club, Gun Club Road
Barre, VT 05641 United States
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Turkey hunting seminar at Barre Fish and Game Club. SIGN UP HERE. This FREE seminar will cover everything that a beginning turkey hunter will need to know, but certainly experienced hunters will gain knowledge from this. The seminar starts promptly at 9:00am. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Following the classroom portion of this seminar, the range will be open for people to learn how to pattern their shotgun. You may bring your shotgun, but please leave it secured…

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F&W Seminar: Turkey Hunting, Hartland

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hartland Fire Department, 55 Route 12
Hartland, VT 05048 United States
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Turkey hunting seminar at Hartland Fire Department. SIGN UP HERE. Bret Ledeau is the instructor for this FREE seminar. While this seminar is certainly geared for the new hunter, experienced hunters will definitely learn valuable tidbits from this class. Hunter safety, setup, clothing, firearms, and roosting a bird are just some of the things that will be covered in the seminar. Light refreshments will be provided in the morning. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a series of…

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Vermont Hunter Education Home Study Course, Northfield

April 12 @ 5:00 pm - April 13 @ 4:00 pm
Mountain Deer Taxidermy, 1308 Loop Road
Northfield, VT 05663 United States
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Friday, April 12, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm   Register HERE. About the Event: Please Complete the online course at https://www.hunter-ed.com/vermont/ or complete a workbook and manual. Bring completed workbook or certificate of completion from the online training to class. To request a workbook and manual please call 802-828-1193 or email huntereducation@vermont.gov Bring a lunch and dress for the weather. Class will be held rain or shine. Before taking the Hunter Education Home Study,…

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Let’s Go Fishing Instructor Training

April 13 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Essex F&W District Office, 111 West Street
Essex, VT 05451 United States
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Fishing Clinic Let's Go Fishing Instructor Training Volunteer trainers with the Let's Go Fishing Program encourage and teach young people and their families how to fish, emphasizing that fishing is more than just catching fish. Location: Essex Regional Office - 111 West Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452.  Email: letsgofishing@vermont.gov for more information. Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

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F&W Seminar: Turkey Hunting, Essex

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex F&W District Office, 111 West Street
Essex, VT 05451 United States
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FREE Turkey hunting seminar at Essex F&W District Office. SIGN UP HERE. This FREE seminar will cover everything that a beginning turkey hunter will need to know, but certainly experienced hunters will gain knowledge from this. Hunter safety, clothing, choosing a shotgun and patterning, are just some of the topics to be covered. Expert turkey hunter Jeff Blanchard will be the lead instructor. Light refreshments will be provided. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a series of free…

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Snow Goose Spring Season Closes

April 26

Season extends from March 11 thru April 26. In the Connecticut River Zone, applies only to land, not Connecticut River waters. A permit is required to participate in the Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order. At the end of the special spring conservation order for snow geese, you are required to take a few minutes to accurately and completely fill out a survey, even if you did not participate or bag any geese. For more migratory bird hunting information, go to…

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August 2019

F&W Seminar: Bear Hunting, St. Johnsbury

August 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Linwood Smith’s Archery Shop, 281 Old Bradley Road
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 United States
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FREE Bear hunting seminar at Linwood Smith's Archery Shop, St. Johnsbury. SIGN UP HERE. This FREE seminar is geared to both the experienced and inexperienced bear hunter. Hunting safety, gear used, where to locate bears, and stand placement are just come of the topics covered. Bear biology will be covered by Forrest Hammond. Jim Roy will teach the hunting portion of the seminar. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a series of free seminars to teach people more…

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