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Hunting on Conservancy-Owned Lands

Without top predators a growing deer herd can impact forest regeneration. Hunters today perform this ecological role. Learn more about the impacts of white-tailed deer in northeastern forests.

Most of our preserves are open for hunting, for a list of those where we require permission, please see our list of Conservancy lands. We encourage hunters to obtain the current Vermont Digest of Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Laws published by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. You can also download a copy of our Hunting & Fishing Handout.

Verbal Permission: On most Conservancy-owned lands, verbal permission is NOT required to hunt. On some lands, you will need permission. There are 2 Critical Lands Managers. See our Natural Area Hunting Spreadsheet for which manager to call for each property.

  • Written Permission: On the Helen W. Buckner Memorial Preserve in West Haven, the Lower Poultney River Natural Area and Shaw Mountain Natural Area in Benson, written permission is required. Please contact the Conservancy’s Critical Lands Manager for Southern Vermont, Murray McHugh at or 802-884-8165 x23
  • Hunting Exceptions or Restrictions
  • LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area in Shelburne Bow hunting is allowed but no rifle discharge for safety reasons. The preserve is located next to a school and housing.
  • Barr Hill Natural Area in Greensboro No hunting allowed by deed restriction on the entire Barr Hill property.
  • High Pond Natural Area On certain parts of this preserve located in the towns of Brandon/Pittsford/Hubbardton/Sudbury, only deer hunting is allowed. 
  • Atlas Timberlands Property The Nature Conservancy in Vermont and the Vermont Land Trust co-own the 26,162-acre Atlas Timberlands, which are managed for timber production and ecological conservation. Hunting, fishing, trapping and other uses are permitted. No advance permission is required.
  • On Public Lands Most land protected by The Nature Conservancy has been transferred to public agencies such as the VTFWD, VTFPR, and GMNF. The public agencies that own and manage most of these lands generally allow hunting in accordance with state laws. Please obey regulations for specific locations.


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