Vermont Hunting Regulations: Unlawful Practices
Prohibited Activities in Hunting
Baiting and Feeding Restrictions
- Hunting with Bait: It is illegal to hunt or take deer, bear, turkeys, or waterfowl using bait.
- Feeding: Feeding deer or bear is prohibited.
- Protected Wildlife Carcasses: Picking up carcasses of protected wildlife is not allowed.
Hunting Equipment Regulations
- Permitted Methods: Hunting is only legal with a gun, bow and arrow, or crossbow.
- Snares and Discharging Devices: Setting or using snares and any devices that automatically discharge a firearm to take wild animals are forbidden.
Specific Hunting Restrictions
- Electronic Calling Devices: The use of electronic calling devices is illegal for hunting waterfowl, wild turkeys, or moose.
- Hunting with Dogs: Using dogs to hunt deer or moose is against the law.
- Laser Sights: Laser sights are not permitted for hunting.
Lighting and Aerial Scouting
- Spotlighting: Casting the rays of a light to spot, locate, take, or attempt to take any wild animal is unlawful, except in the case of raccoon hunting with a dog after the raccoon has been treed.
- Aerial Scouting: The use of planes, helicopters, or unmanned aerial drones for scouting, hunting, or assisting in hunting is prohibited.