ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. –-(Ammoland.com)- Applications are available for controlled waterfowl hunting permits to be used at two Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wildlife management areas.
The applications may be downloaded from Fish & Wildlife’s website (click here) and printed applications are available at Vermont Fish & Wildlife offices in Montpelier, Essex Junction, Addison, Barre, St. Johnsbury, Springfield and Rutland.
Hunting under controlled conditions for ducks at Mud Creek in Alburgh and geese at Dead Creek in Addison has been popular since the early 1970's.
Applications must be filled out correctly and postmarked no later than August 22. There is no fee to apply.
A public drawing to award hunting permits will be held Friday, August 26 at 12:00 Noon at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area headquarters off Route 17 in Addison. Attendance is not required. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and must pay a $10 permit fee on the day of the hunt.
Pre-registered goose hunting at Dead Creek WMA will occur every Wednesday from October 19 through November 9.
Waterfowl hunting at Mud Creek WMA will be by pre-registration on October 13 and 15. Any vacancies due to “no-shows” on those days will be filled on the morning of the hunt. All other Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the open seasons will be self-registration days. Permits will be available at the Mud Creek operations building.
Duck season opens on October 12 in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont Zones, and on October 4 in the Connecticut River Zone. The Lake Champlain Zone has a split season (October 12-16; October 29-December 22); the Interior Vermont Zone is a straight season (October 12-December 10); and the Connecticut River Zone is a split season (October 4-November 6; November 22-December 17).
A statewide Vermont open hunting season for Canada geese will occur September 1-25. A second Canada goose hunting season will be held October 12-November 30 in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont Zones. Canada goose hunting in the Connecticut River Zone will continue October 4-November 6 and November 22-December 27.
Snow Goose hunting is open from October 12- December 31 in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont Zones and October 4 – December 27 in the Connecticut River Zone.
Be sure to read the 2016-2017 Syllabus of State and Federal Hunting Regulations for Migratory Birds available on Fish & Wildlife’s website and from license agents for detailed regulations.