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Fish, wildlife abound for the outdoorsman

Vermont's waterways are home to some of the finest freshwater fishing in the U.S. Our cold water streams and brooks harbor an abundance of brown, brook and rainbow trout. Vermont's broad lakes and ponds provide tremendous opportunities for bass, walleyes and other species.

Vermont's trout fishing season opens in April and continues through October. A long Vermont winter leaves fish with an appetite for biting anything that moves. The rush of mountain spring water tumbles through more than 5,000 miles of fishable streams in the valleys of Vermont. It's the prime spot for Brook, Brown and Rainbow trout.

As the tumult of the spring melt subsides, the ice will be off the more than 400 lakes and ponds where northern pike and walleye provide another sporting challenge. Vermont is fast becoming known for its bass fishing, restricted to catch and release until the second Saturday in June each year.

For complete information about fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching, download the Vermont Digest of Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Laws and the Guide to Fishing map which shows fishing access areas and has detailed species information.

Hunting

Vermont's abundance of game, coupled with a wealth of unspoiled woods, lakes, and ponds, make it one of the top hunting destinations in the Northeast.

Hunting opportunities abound. White-tailed deer, black bear, moose, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, waterfowl, and snowshoe hare hunting are popular in the fall. A wild turkey gobbler season in May offers the best turkey hunting in New England.

Few states can match the quality of a Vermont hunt, which includes the legendary scenery of the Green Mountain State.

Finding a place to hunt in Vermont is easy with more than 800,000 acres of conserved wildlife habitat open to public hunting. The free "Hunting Guide Map," available from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, is invaluable in planning your hunt.

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