During Vermont’s Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend, hunters 17 years of age or younger may hunt ducks and geese in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont waterfowl hunting zones. The age requirement is 15 and under in the Connecticut River zone. Hunting is permitted under the following conditions:
The youth hunter must have a current Vermont hunting license and must be accompanied by an unarmed adult, 18 years of age or older, who also has a Vermont hunting license.
Youths 16 and 17 years of age must have state duck stamp, purchased online, at our Montpelier Office, or at a license center. Youths 16 and 17 are also required to purchase a federal duck stamps, available at post offices. Those 15 and under are not required to purchase a state or federal duck stamp.
All youth hunters must also register with the Harvest Information Program (HIP) in each state that they hunt. This can be done on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website or by calling toll-free 1-877-306-7091.
The adult may not hunt waterfowl or carry a firearm while accompanying the youth when the youth is hunting waterfowl.
Ducks and geese may be taken by youth hunters on September 29 and 30 according to the bag limits set in the 2018-2019 Syllabus of State and Federal Hunting Regulations for Migratory Birds in Vermont, available from Vermont post offices, Fish & Wildlife offices.