How Do I Get My State Hunting License?
Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Hunter Education Certificate in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt.
- Complete the Vermont hunter education certification requirements.
- Choose the correct license type.
- Buy the license through the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website or a Vermont–approved agent.
Types of Vermont Hunting Licenses
A resident is a person who has lived in Vermont for at least six months. Non-resident students who have attended an institution in Vermont for at least two successive semesters are considered residents.
All Vermont residents must have a resident hunting license. Additional licenses may be required.
All non-residents must have a non-resident hunting license. Additional licenses may be required.
Youth Hunting License
Vermont residents and non-residents age 17 or under may purchase a youth hunting license.
Senior Hunting License
Vermont residents age 65 or older may purchase a permanent hunting license.
Vermont residents with a permanent mobility disability may be eligible for a free permanent hunting or combination license. Visit the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website for more details.
Military and Veteran License
Active-duty military members who are stationed in Vermont may purchase a hunting license at the resident rate. In addition, active-duty military members who are Vermont residents but stationed elsewhere for 120 days or more may apply for a free hunting license while on leave.
Resident veterans who have 60% service-connected disability may be eligible to receive a free permanent license. Non-resident veterans may be eligible to receive a free one-year hunting license. They must reside in a state that provides reciprocal privileges to Vermont residents. Visit the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website for more details.
Migratory Waterfowl Requirements
All hunters age 16 or older must purchase the Vermont Waterfowl Stamp and the Federal Duck Stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl. In addition, hunters are required to have proof of their participation in the Harvest Information Program (HIP).
Hunting licenses expire on Dec. 31 of each year. Vermont residents and non-residents are able to purchase a lifetime hunting license. Residents must have lived in Vermont for at least 12 months to be eligible for the resident lifetime license.
Where to Buy a Vermont Hunting License
- Visit the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website.
- Visit a Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department office or an approved license agent.
- Mail in a paper application.
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Vermont Hunting students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions