A blaze orange hat with the Forest Service shield pops from the forest floor.

Hunting is allowed on the Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests with valid state hunting licenses and within appropriate season dates. All applicable State and Federal laws and regulations must be followed.

State agencies are responsible for managing wildlife. Season dates and tag limits are set by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Forests manage the land for wildlife. Through prescribed fire, timber management, and wildlife monitoring programs, the Forests work year-round to enhance wildlife habitat, including that for large and small game.

General Information

  • Do not discharge a firearm in or within 150 yards of a developed recreation area, building or occupied area.
  • Do not discharge a firearm across or on a forest road, body of water adjacent to a road or where any person or property is exposed to injury or damage.
  • Do have a valid state hunting license.
  • Be familiar with Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests’ property boundary markings to ensure that you are on public land.
  • Follow safe hunting practices. Be aware that there can be other forest users around who may not be aware it is hunting season.
  • Please report any violations.

We recommend that you use a USGS Topographic Map, Vermont Atlas, or a Gazetteer for more detail on hunting locations.

  • Plan Ahead: Hunting

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    Becoming familiar with National Forest regulations is an important part of planning your hunting trip.

  • Recreating During Hunting Season

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    During your visit, you may be sharing your National Forest with hunters. Visitors may continue to use their National Forests during hunting seasons but are encouraged to “plan ahead and prepare” accordingly.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities