Vermont hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for the New Year are now available online at the Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).
“Many people like to purchase new licenses for themselves, friends or relatives before January 1,” said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry. “Whether you want to give a license as a gift or purchase it for yourself, we want to make it as easy as possible with our new online licensing system.”
If you are purchasing a license for someone else, you must have the license recipient answer the questions and provide the information on the application, but you can assist them and use your own credit card to make the purchase.
“While you are there, consider signing up in “Join Our Mailing List” to receive Vermont Fish and Wildlife news, and you can also purchase a 2013 Fish and Wildlife calendar,” added Berry.
Printed copies of the 2013 Hunting, Fishing & Trapping LAWS and GUIDE are available from license agents. The department’s website will soon have a link to an online version.
A nationwide survey revealed that Vermonters ranked second only to Alaskans in enjoying fish and wildlife resources recreationally in 2011. Sixty-two percent of Vermonters went fishing, hunting or wildlife watching, or enjoyed a combination of these activities, while 64 percent of Alaskans did the same.
Vermont led the New England states in hunting and fishing with 26 percent of residents participating in one or the other, or both.
The funds created when hunters and anglers purchase Vermont licenses, about $6 million annually, are matched with $7 to 9 million each year in federal excise tax dollars on hunting and fishing equipment as well as boating fuels to underwrite most of the fish and wildlife conservation work done by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.