REGION – Vermont’s bear hunting season starts Sept. 1. Vermont Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters that they can improve their chances if they scout ahead of time to find fall foods such as wild apples, beechnuts, acorns, and berries – where bears will be feeding.
Vermont has two bear seasons. The early season, which requires a special bear tag, starts Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 10. The late bear season begins Nov. 11 and continues through Nov. 19. A hunter may only take one bear during the year.
Hunters took 697 bears last year in 193 Vermont towns.
VTF&W asks hunters in southern Vermont to avoid shooting bears with yellow ear tags and GPS collars because they are valuable animals in the Deerfield Wind bear study.