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Ugly Dog Hunting Company
1067 Silver Street Hinesburg VT 05461 Phone: 802-482-7054
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Serious gear for you, your dog and the hunt.


Vermont Traditions Coalition
A full-time, professional, paid presence in the halls of government protecting Vermont's sporting, snowmobile, farming, and forest harvesting traditions today, tomorrow, and forever.









Big Game: Bear, Deer, Moose

Biological Deer Check Stations
Deadline for Moose Applications is June 1
Need a hunting Camp for Moose Season?

Guide Services:

Abenaki Outfitters & Guide Service, Shoreham, VT.
Champlain Guided Hunts - Readsboro, VT.
Pickett Hill Guide Service - Bennington, VT.
Quimby Country Inc., Averill, VT
Spikehorn Ridge - Washington, VT.
Whitetail Strategies Guide Service - Benson, VT.


Small Game: Rabbit, Hare

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Guide Services:

Whitetail Strategies Guide Service - Benson, VT.


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Spring Turkey Season
VT F&W Offers Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

Guide Services:

Champlain Guided Hunts - Readsboro, VT
Pickett Hill Guide Service - Bennington, VT.
Spikehorn Ridge - Washington, VT.
Whitetail Strategies Guide Service - Benson, VT.


Upland Birds

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Guide Services:

3rd Alarm Charters & Guide Service - Florence, VT.
Peaceable Hill Farm - Shoreham VT.
Pickett Hill Guide Service - Bennington, VT.
Quimby Country Inc., Averill, VT
Spikehorn Ridge - Washington, VT.
Wild Rivers Outfitters, Richford VT


Migratory Bird Hunting Laws

Guide Services:

3rd Alarm Charters & Guide Service - Florence, VT.
Fish Hounds Outdoors, Benson, VT.

Frontier Waterfowl Guide Service & Taxidermy  Swanton, VT.
Spikehorn Ridge - Washington, VT.
Wild Rivers Outfitters, Richford VT





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Yankee Sportsman's Classic
In January, come Celebrate with over 175 exhibitors Outfitters, Hunting and Fishing Supplies Boats, RV’s, ATVs, Snowmobiles and much more!


Where to Hunt

Green Mountain National Forest
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Vermont Bear and Buck
Photo by Jack Rowell, 
Phone: 802-728-5708 Cell: 802-233-3205

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Quimby Country Inc.
Fishing, Hunting
P.O. Box 20, Forest Lake Road, Averill, VT 05901
Phone: 802-822-5533

Vermont's Oldest Fishing Resort. Historic main lodge and 20 cottages nestled on Forest Lake with over 1000 acres of wilderness in the Northeast Kingdom. Boats, trolling motors and canoes available with private access to the Averill Lakes Region. Excellent fishing for trout and salmon and less than ten miles from the Connecticut. Our housekeeping cottages sleep 2 to 20, and some have full kitchens. Situated in the heart of WMU E1, E2 and D1 with great access to the Conte Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy Vermont's best Moose, Deer, Bear and Upland Hunting. Pet friendly. Call Now for Great rates.

Thom Cedarstaff of  Chesterton, IN and his dad, Bud Cedarstaff from  Royalton, VT. took this very nice moose at about 1:30 pm on opening day. 
The moose weighed 787 lbs. and had a 43.5" spread. Tom White was their guide.



Generous Champion Lands Leaseholders & Traditional Interests Assn. (CLLTIA) members will offer their hunting camps to Vermont moose permit winners in exchange for a donation to CLLTIA again this year.  The offer is also open to deer hunters and snowmobilers later in the year on a “camps available” basis.   The camps are all within the WMU El or E2 Fish & Wildlife Districts.  The participating camps are generally traditional rustic camps, some of which rely on propane lights and cooking, wood heat, primitive water systems, outhouses, bunk style accommodations and other traditional hunting camp trappings. 

The camp owner will open and close camp for the users, and reserves the right to be present at all times.  Further details will be worked out between the camp user, the camp owner, and the “Hunting Camp Fund Raiser”  - Nate  Wakefield (; CLL & TI - Ed Davis (


Message from Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife:

If you are a deer hunter, you probably care a lot about how Vermont’s deer herd is managed and you likely would help in managing the herd if you could.  Now, you have that chance - on opening weekend of the rifle season.

Vermont wildlife biologists will be operating biological deer check stations at 17 locations on opening weekend of the rifle season.  If you do get a buck,
it’s a great opportunity to get your deer weighed, aged and to have it examined by a professional.  The biological information collected will contribute to a better understanding
of the physical condition of Vermont deer regionally, which in turn will influence future deer management decisions.

All of the biological check stations listed below will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on November 7 & 8: 
Barre, R&L Archery; 
Bennington, Marty's Sports;
Hubbardton, Lake Hortonia Country Store; 
East Corinth, General Store; 
Eden Mills, Cloutier’s Market; 
Guilford, General Store;
Hardwick, Rite-Way Sports; 
Hinesburg, Estey Hardware; 
Island Pond, Northern Wildlife Sports; 
Jericho, General Store; 
Lyndonville, Village Sports Shop; 
Middlebury, Vermont Field Sports; 
Pittsford, Keith’s Country
Store;  Randolph, Tewksbury's Store; 
Swanton, St. Marie's Store;
Springfield, Fire Station; 
White River, Steve's Auto.


Guide Services

3rd Alarm Charters
Charters for Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, Hudson River - Drift Boat and Canoe Fishing, Waterfowl & Upland Bird Hunts in Vermont
Matthew Trombley- U.S.C.G Master Captain
162 River St., Florence VT. 05744
Phone: 802-345-7949
Third Alarm Charters offers Trolling Charters & Drift Boat trips for Lake Ontario King Salmon, Champlain Trout, Salmon, Bass & Pike and Hudson River Stripers! We carry all of the required Coast Guard compliant equipment to make your trip a safe & pleasurable one! We carry nothing but the best Rods, Reels, Lures & tackle, to make sure we put the best effort forward in your quest for the trophy of a life time or a cooler full of filets to take home with you! We can put you on some the best Trout, Salmon & Striped Bass fishing found anywhere in the Northeast! Drift Boat or Canoe trips are for one or two people fishing the many bays of Lake Champlain & the Lakes & Ponds of Addison & Rutland counties in Vermont for Bass, Pike & Walleye. Give us a call as prime dates are sure to book fast! 3rd Alarm Charters & Guide Service is now offering fall & early winter Waterfowl & Upland bird hunts in the Champlain Valley of Rutland & Addison counties. We specialize in unique "Cast & Blast" Trips, offering morning waterfowl or upland birds, with afternoons spent in our drift boat chasing Bass & Pike.


Frontier Waterfowl Guide Service & Taxidermy
Northwestern Vermont
 Hunting -  Waterfowl 
Capt. Matt Martin 
P. O. Box 463, Swanton, VT 05488 
Phone: 802-868-4445
Frontier Waterfowl Guide Service & Taxidermy specializes in hunts for ducks (16 species), Canada geese, and snow geese on the water and in agricultural fields. With 36 years of combined waterfowling experience, Hog Island Outfitters brings you some of the best hunting the northeast has to offer. We are professional guides with a lifetime of experience and knowledge of the big water, rivers, and surrounding farmland. Safety, success and fun are our priorities. 


Lake Champlain Fishing Charters & Guided Hunts
Charter Boat Fishing, Fly Fishing, Turkey and Moose Hunts
Captain Bill Birch
10 King Hill Road, Readsboro, VT 05350
Phone: 802-423-7632
Captain Bill Birch, an avid hunter and fisherman has 20 years experience Fishing Lake Champlain. We offer fishing for Salmon and Trout out of Charlotte, VT. The frostbite fleet has been fishing most of the winter as much of the lake didn't freeze. They have managed to boat a few salmon and lakers. We're once again looking forward to another great spring fishing season. Some of the best fishing of the year starts around the 3rd week of April and it stays hot right into July. The fish are in the top 10 feet of water and are very hungry.


Pickett Hill Guide Service
Southern Vermont
Big Game Hunting, Ice Fishing, Backcountry Fishing, Upland Birding
P. O. Box 396 Bennington VT. 05201
Phone: 802-442-2317

 Seven-day hunts for turkey, deer, bear.  Dates are location specific.  Archery, rifle or shotgun,   muzzleloader.  Moose hunts by permit lottery drawing only.  Applications should be sent in early.  I like to specialize in Parent/child (1/2 price) hunts to help carry on the tradition and enjoy quality time with each other.  One week prior to regular season is a two-day opportunity for child-only to take game.  Portable blinds available by request; no tree stands offered, but you may bring your own.  All tree stand users must wear safety harness.  Two-way radio or cell phone for immediate assistance.  Trophy Zone area (at additional charge) –   shoot the one you want, all fair chase, no baiting.  Many 8 point bucks, with a good percentage over 180 lb. to 225 lb. Reservations required; 2 to 6 people per hunt. Deer and bear seasons overlap and you may take both at no extra charge. Assistance available for proper preparation for butchering, caping for mounting, and taxidermist. 


Quimby Country Inc.
Northeast Kingdom

Fishing, Hunting
Ray Wojcikewych
P.O. Box 20, Forest Lake Road, Averill, VT 05901
Phone: 802-822-5533
Located in the in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom between Wildlife Management Units E1, E2, and D2, the area around Averill is known as some of the best Moose country in the State. Surrounded by the Averill Mountain WMA, the Bill Sladyk WMA, and the Silvio Conte National Wildlife Refuge, as well as the West Mountain WMA, Quimby Country is also noted for excellent Deer hunting, including providing the habitat for the state record B&C Whitetail. The Northeast Kingdom is also one of the best areas in New England for Grouse and Woodcock hunting with enough varied cover to meet the desire of the most ardent upland hunter. Quimby's understands how important your birddog is to your upland hunting experience and we encourage you to bring your four-legged hunting partners to share your time afield.


Spikehorn Ridge
North Central Vermont

All Hunting, Moose, White Tail Deer, Black Bear, Turkey, Upland Birds, Waterfowl
Miles McCue and Reilly McCue
P.O. Box 135 Washington VT 05675
Phone: 802-233-6621
 We are experts in getting people on the quarry of their choice; whether it's deer, moose, black bear, turkey, ruffed grouse (partridge) or waterfowl - we will put you in the right place. Our base camp with lodging and meals  includes the original farmhouse and the recently remodeled Mr. Prescott's Barn.  We will customize your stay to fit your needs.


Whitetail Strategies Guide Service
Deer, Turkey and Rabbit Hunting, Ice Fishing
Fred Scott
3118 Stage Rd, Benson, VT, 05743
Phone: 802-537-2393
Whitetail Strategies will provide a very professional and fully guided service of fair chase whitetail deer. Safety is always number 1. I encourage youths and first time hunters as well as experienced hunters. One on one hunting or up to 4 hunters per scheduled hunt. Specializing in archery hunts, rifle and black powder hunts will also be available. Come enjoy the sites and scenes of the Vermont woods and make some of your own memories that will last a lifetime!


Wild Rivers Outfitters
Northern Vermont
Guided Duck and Goose Hunts in Vermont and New York , Upland Grouse and Woodcock hunts, Fall Foliage River Tours for non hunters and Nature Tours.
Captain Gregg Campbell
3 Hamilton Place Extension
Richford VT 05476-1215
Phone: 802-848-3298
Spectacular scenery and wildlife. Bring your camcorders, binoculars and warm clothes. Spectacular scenery and wildlife. Bring your camcorders, binoculars and warm clothes. Waterfowl hunting on Northern Lake Champlain is at its best on the fringes of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. This 6600 acre refuge is a resting and feeding area for many waterfowl species during fall migration. 25,000 ducks share this area with lots of Canada and snow geese. This migration stopover harbors ideal habitat for these birds. Some major foods in this marsh are wild rice, water celery, duck potato, pondweed and sedge. Some of the puddle ducks we hunt are blacks, mallards wigeon, pintail, gad wall, bufflehead, teal,redhead, scaup, bluebill, shoveler, wood ducks and diving ducks. Our Lund Alaskan 18’ guide boat accommodates six people and gear. All tours and hunts are guided by Captain Gregg Campbell, Vermont native and forestry graduate. Coast Guard licensed and insured. We welcome handicapped and disabled persons aboard our vessel. Making friends and pleasing people are our goals.



R & L Archery Archery
Central Vermont

Archery, Fishing, Hunting, Paintball
Rick Sanborn
70 Smith St Barre VT 05641
Phone: 802-479-9151
In addition to being an archery pro shop we also sell muzzleloaders, paintball equipment, and firearms and supplies. At R&L Archery, Inc. we offer a number of services outside of our sales and warranty repair. We have indoor 20 yard shooting lanes as well as the AIS TechnoHunt system. Our lanes allow our customers to try bows out before they buy one to ensure the bow feels good and fits right. During the Winter and Spring months we offer indoor leagues. Our leagues consist of weekly 20 yard spot shoots and on the TechnoHunt system.


Game Preserves

Dead Creek Outfitters
Champlain Valley

Hunts for: Canada Goose, Snow Goose & Ducks, Pheasant &, Turkey

Dave De Vries
3105 VT. Rt. 17 West Addison VT. 05491
Phone: 802-759-3318
Cell Phone: 802-349-5763  
Dead Creek Outfitters provides guided services on some of the most exclusive hunting grounds in Vermont abutting and around Dead Creek Goose Refuge in Addison County. We guide Canada Goose, Snow Goose & duck hunts - field blinds over grain and hay fields. Fantastic pheasant hunts are available on our managed crop fields and meadows. Spring turkey hunts in and around the Champlain valley. Game processing available for all hunts. Privately owned hunting grounds.


Peaceable Hill Farm
Central Vermont
Game Farm / Hunting Preserve
 Glenn Symon
200 Burgess Road, Shoreham VT. 05770
Phone: 802- 897-5913
 Peaceable Hill is located in Vermont's Champlain Valley which has a climate that is conducive to raising well feathered, hearty flight birds. We pride ourselves on being Vermont's largest Pheasant Farm grower of Pheasant. Our state of the art hatchery and rearing facility was designed and built exclusively for raising flight game birds. Our breeding stock is selected for correct color, size and most importantly their flight characteristics. If your needs are Day Old Chicks, Started or Mature Pheasants, Peaceable Hill is committed to working with you, or your club in planning, scheduling and supplying these needs.

Our Vermont permit allows us to operate year round. Although our primary hunting season begins in September and continues well into Winter limited only by snow depth. The Spring season is favored by many as an ideal time to train a young dog or keep an experienced dog tuned up. Hunts are booked as1/2 day starting as early as 8:30a.m. with fields clear by Noon. Afternoon hunts begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. with the approach of dusk.

Guided and Handled Hunts: Peaceable Hill’s guides are experienced men and woman who appreciate the interaction between hunters and good, stylish working dogs. English Setters and Pointers are typically used for our upland hunts. Their experience and desire to please will be the foundation of hunting tales long told.

Non-Handled Hunts: Peaceable Hill also offers hunters with their own dog the opportunity to participate in a traditional hunting experience. Unlike other hunting preserves, Peaceable Hill encourages owners to hunt over their own dog. Due to the likelihood that other activities may be taking place on the farm at the same time, owners must take full responsibility for their dog’s behavior.



Important Hunting Safety Tips

1. Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded.

2. Always control the muzzle of your firearm.

3. Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

4. Always keep you finger off the trigger of your firearm until you are ready to fire it.

PLEASE  Wear Hunter Orange!



WATERBURY, VT- Vermont has some of the best turkey hunting in New England for the entire month of May.  Last year hunters took 3,925 turkeys in the two-day spring youth and regular May 1-31 seasons.

Vermont was the first New England state to re-establish wild turkeys when it stocked 31 birds in 1969 and 1970.  Today, the Green Mountain State has an estimated 40,000 turkeys.

What makes Vermont’s spring gobbler season special?  Vermont’s hunting is statewide during the spring hunting season.  Vermont’s turkey population is one of the highest in New England.  You can buy a turkey hunting license without having to go through a lottery.  The turkey license comes with two spring tags for two bearded birds, and one tag for a turkey of either sex in the fall season.  Plus, you get to hunt the entire weekend because hunting is allowed on Sundays.

Prospects for this year’s May turkey hunting season are excellent, according to Doug Blodgett, the biologist who chairs Vermont’s turkey management team.

“We are seeing good-sized flocks of turkeys in good habitat as far north as the Canadian Border,” said Blodgett.  “Having the hunting season open
statewide is a great achievement, especially considering that this bird is on the northern fringe of its range in North America.  There is plenty of
room with a statewide season for hunters to locate good hunting areas.”

Vermont’s wild turkey restoration program is a tremendous wildlife management success story funded entirely by hunters through the sale of
hunting licenses and a federal tax on hunting equipment.  Now, hunters are reaping the benefits by seeing excellent turkey hunting in Vermont.  And,
all Vermonters are enjoying watching the big birds as they roam hillsides they had been absent from for almost a century.

To find out more about wild turkey hunting in Vermont, contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT
05601-0501.  Telephone them at 802-241-3700 or check in at their website (  The 2004 Turkey Harvest Summary with the
number of turkeys taken in each town is posted under “Hunting and Trapping” - “Big Game.”  Licenses are available on their website and at more
than 350 agents statewide.


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