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Bear Hunting in Vermont

I'm looking for any info I can get on bear hunting. I'm from Ohio, and have visited Vermont several times. My step-son lives in central Vermont.
I was recently there checking out the Green mountain national forest trying to get familiar with the area. Any info on decent areas of the forest or any other areas in the state would be much appreciated.
I had applied for a moose permit but wasn't succesful. I'll try that again next year.
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Bobbs; If you;re thinking of

Bobbs;

If you;re thinking of staying in the central Vt area then I would suggest the Mt Tabor area for bear. I hunt there myself but not for bear but have seen 3 there. I posted a story where I went to Maine and hunted bear and got one but didn't like the taste of the meat after so I decided not to shoot another bear if I'm not going to eat it. Mt. Tabor off route 7 in Danby is a dirt road that crosses the mountain and comes out on route 155.

On Mt Tabor I've been on stand and seen bear come down the side of the hill and bed down, watched him for about 45 minutes before he ambled off back up the hill. Again I wouldn't shoot him. Thats the only place in Vt I can help ya from knowledge of the area. I would suggest scouting out there if you'd like. NO matter where you decide to try I wish you the best of luck. Thumbs up

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I think it would be a great

I think it would be a great idea for you to get out there, and make sure you do it the week of Nov 12th to the 16th.

That is the last week of bear season, and the deer season starts then. 

And since Vermont gives you a tag for both, you would be able to shoot a deer or a bear if you stimbled across one.

Central part of the state is good.  Lots of land to cover in the Green Mountain National Forest, so get some comfortable boots and a good GPS.  Lots of old loging roads too.

I would actually hope for a little snow, and just put some miles on, and see if you can come across a track.  That's as good a bet as anything.

Good luck!

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HELP

Hey guys,

I am planning a hunting trip to Vermont for this fall and have questions about doing a bear and deer hunt together. I have yet to read anything about choice of weapons to use and am planning on using my 30-06. Can anyone please direct me in the right place for regs and other pertinent info? Thanks!

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Somewhere in the web site

Somewhere in the web site that is posted below you should find your answer.

http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/

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Welcome to the site.  Been

Welcome to the site.  Been hunting Vermont for 30 years.  A 30-06 would be perfect for both, no regulations concerning that type of round/rifle.  Nothing really special about Vermont regs, but the site Critter posted will answer all your questions.  Have not looked in to the bear unting in the last couple of years, but the season used to overlap with the first week of the rifle deer season, and close that middle weekend.

And the best thing about Vermont, is that you just need to buy your license, for around $100, and that includes one Buck deer and one Bear tag.  No extra tags to buy or drawings to enter.

Have fun!

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New regulations

Ca_Vermonster wrote:

And the best thing about Vermont, is that you just need to buy your license, for around $100, and that includes one Buck deer and one Bear tag.  No extra tags to buy or drawings to enter.

Have fun!

 

Regulations have changed!  Make sure you read the new Vermont Fish&Wildlife info.  What used to be the "normal" bear season, Sept 1 until mid Nov, is now Sept 1 until Nov 15 and is called the "Early Season", AND now requires a $15 (out of state) extra fee.  The "regular season" is now Nov 16 until Nov 24, and is called the "Late Season" - the fee for this is included in the regular hunting license.  

It is a bummer, but my son and I got two years of hunting with the old license.  We are planning to pay the extra this year to continue bear hunting. 

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Huh, hadn't seen the recent

Huh, hadn't seen the recent change.  I just hunted there this fall, and for my $100, I got both tags.  Is that new for this year?  Even still, $115 total to hunt bear and deer?  Still cheap compared to most places......

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New for 2013

Yes, it is new for 2013.  You still get both tags (bear and deer) for the $100 general hunting license.  The bear tag that comes with the hunting license is for the one week "late season", but now you have to pay extra for the bear "early season" - which is when pretty much everyone actually hunts for bear.  Still seems like a good deal for a beautiful state to hunt in!

 

http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/Calendar_of_events.cfm?eventcat=hunt&da...

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I have hunted in Vermont

I have hunted in Vermont since 1953.  That's 61 years and I have never seen a bear that I could shoot.  My buddy got one about 20 years ago however.

It's a nice state however and with a drilling you could hunt grouse and bear when the weather is good.

 

 

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lol, it is hard hunting bear

lol, it is hard hunting bear in Vermont since you can't hunt over bait.  There are plenty of bears... best way to see them is out of season, then they are everywhere!

 

I went bear hunting two weekends ago... didn't see any, but fresh bear scat was all over the place. 

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