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Grouse & Woodcock Hunting Seasons Coming Up

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2003
Media Contact: John Hall 802-241-3711

WATERBURY, VT -- A quiet walk down a hidden woods road, bright fall foliage coloring the canopy overhead and the crisp, cool air of an early morning – these are just some of the elements of a great Vermont upland gamebird hunting experience. Hoping to hear the dramatic, sometimes unnerving, sound of a flushing grouse is, of course, another reason hunters try to get out into Vermont woodlands every chance they get during October and November.

Vermont’s hunting season for ruffed grouse or "partridge," is September 27 - December 31 this year. The daily limit is 4 grouse with a two-day possession limit of 8.

The Vermont woodcock hunting season is October 4 - November 2. The daily limit is 3 woodcock with a possession limit of 6.

Woodcock are often found in alders along brooks and near beaver ponds as well as in new growth small timber where old fields are reverting to forest. Ruffed grouse also frequent the same habitat, and they are particularly fond of the apples they find under wild apple trees.

For more information on hunting in Vermont, be sure to get a copy of the Hunting Guide Map and Digest of Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Laws available from over 400 license agents statewide and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501. Tel. 802-241-3700. Website (


For Further Information please contact: John Hall at 802-241-3700 or email to




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