Vermont: Bear Hunting Season Kicks Off in September

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Wildlife officials say Vermont’s bear hunting season will kick off on September 1.

According to Vermont Fish & Wildlife, the state of Vermont has two bear hunting seasons, the early season in September and another one in November but hunters can only take one bear a year.  Officials say the September season requires a special tag.

Wildlife officials say bear hunting helps to manage the states bear population.

“Twenty-five years ago Vermont had less than 3,000 bears, and they were found mostly in the mountains and northeastern quarter of the state,” said Vermont’s bear biologist Forrest Hammond. . 

“Although we have successfully increased bear numbers, the human population has also risen, resulting in more encounters between humans and bears.  Carefully regulated hunting helps control the growth of the black bear population and allows for their sustainable use, while decreasing interactions with humans,” added Hammond.

A media release says hunters are required to remove a small pre-molar tooth from each bear that is harvested.  Click here to see a video on how to remove it. 

Wildlife officials offer the following tip on early fall bear hunting; scouting ahead to find fall foods like wild apples, nuts and berries can help improve your odds. 

“Fall foods for bears are more abundant than they were last year. Bears will be feeding along power lines and in forest openings and old fields where berries and apples can be found as well as in forested beech and oak stands.  They also are likely to be feeding on standing corn,” said Hammond. 

Officials do ask that you avoid shooting any bears with yellow tags and GPS collars in southern Vermont as they are part of a study.  For more information on bear hunting in Vermont, click here. 


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