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Public Land: Hunting and Fishing in Vermont

February 17, 2013
Public Land: Hunting and Fishing in Vermont - 0

Vermont's nearly 500,000 acres of publicly-owned land represent about 10 percent of the entire state.

Pine Mountain Wildlife Management Area

• 2,274 acres 

• Deer, turkey, grouse, bear and small-game hunting

• Native brook trout fishing in streams

Cornwall Swamp Wildlife Management Area

• 1,566 acres

• Good waterfowl hunting, deer and turkey hunting

• Bass, pike and pickerel fishing in Otter Creek

Camel's Hump State Park

• 20,000 acres

• Fishing and hunting in designated areas

• Primitive camping allowed throughout area  

Green Mountain National Forest

• 416,000 acres

• Excellent trout fishing on streams -- some Atlantic salmon available

• Deer, bear and moose hunting

Gifford Woods State Park

• Extensive trail system for access

• Good deer, moose and grouse hunting

• Fishing for trout on area streams

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Green Mountain National Forest

Photo credit: flickr


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About Open Country

Hunters and anglers across the nation consistently list one challenge as their primary obstacle to spending more time in the field: Access.

Outdoor Life's Open Country program aims to tackle that issue head on and with boots on the ground. The program highlights volunteer-driven efforts to improve access along with habitat improvements to make existing public lands even better places to hunt and fish. The program's goal is to substantially increase sportsman's access across the country by promoting events that make a difference.

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Event Calendar

  • June 1: Red Oak Planting in Gwinn Forest Management Unit
  • June 7: Pinegrass Restoration, Willamette River (Eugene, OR REMF Chapter). Contact.
  • June 7-8: Lower Deschutes River Thistle Cut (OR Foundation for North American Wild Sheep and OR Fish and Wildlife). Contact.
  • June 13-15: Prairie City Aspen Habitat Enhancement (Oregon Hunters Association, Capitol Chapter) Contact: 503-399-1234
  • June 21: Smith Ridge Meadows (Eugene, OR Chapter RMEF). Contact.