Hunters Anglers and Trappers Association of Vermont Incorporated is a tax exempt organization located in Colchester, Vermont. Donations to Hunters Anglers and Trappers Association of Vermont Incorporated are tax deductible.


Fishing Events and Programs

From how-to fishing clinics to recognizing anglers who catching “exceptionally-sized” fish, the department has many fishing events and programs happening throughout the year.

Composting and Bears: Adjusting to Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law
Bears in Vermont are already thinking about winter, and are currently in search of easy calories to fatten up. Residential trash bins, bird feeders, pet food, and beehives can become bear attractants if not properly secured. Composting in bear country may also be an issue, and many residents wonder how to compost without enticing curious bears. 
While food scraps left outside in trash cans or composters may attract hungry bears, Vermonters can take a few measures to minimize conflicts, according to Forrest Hammond, bear project leader with Vermont Fish & Wildlife.
“With more Vermonters choosing to compost, we want to help them prevent any potential problems with bears,” said Hammond.  “People can effectively reduce the chances of bears causing damage to their property and protect the bears as well.”


Hunter Ed Courses Available Now, Not Later
If you haven’t completed a Vermont hunter education course but want to before hunting seasons, this is the time to act according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
“Vermont’s volunteer instructors of hunter education courses are scheduling their courses now on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website,” said Nicole Meier, hunter education specialist.  “The courses have started and will continue for a few weeks, and fewer courses will be available by October because many instructors will be hunting.”
The list of upcoming course is updated on the website as new courses are added, and course news is included on the Vermont Hunter Education Program Facebook page.  For more information, class dates, and information about free hunting seminars, check out our Hunter Education registration page by clicking here…


Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont, but their reproductive success is monitored annually by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with a little help from “citizen scientists” who report the number and size of turkey families they see during August.  
Fish & Wildlife is again asking the public for help.  If you see a group of young turkeys in Vermont during August, the department wants you to go to the turkey brood survey on its website by clicking here… You can record where and when you observed the number of adult and young turkeys, or poults.