2020 hunting licenses must be purchased to hunt or fish until then

Free Vermont state-recognized tribal citizen hunting and fishing licenses will become available in January 2021, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

The department issued a reminder that state-recognized tribal citizens must purchase 2020 licenses if they want to go hunting and fishing before January, and that they may obtain a free, permanent license when those become available in January.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the department may issue to a certified citizen of a Native American Indian tribe recognized by the state, upon application and receipt of a current and valid tribal identification card, a free, permanent fishing license or, if the applicant qualifies for a hunting license, a free, permanent combination hunting and fishing license. Additional licenses, permits and add-on tags are not included.

Applicants must provide the following:

• Abenaki Hunting and Fishing License Tribal Certification form certified

by the appropriate tribal official

• Copy of current and valid tribal identification card

• Vermont Sporting License Application

• Proof of a previous hunting license from any state or province of Canada, or hunter safety card if requesting a hunting and fishing combination license.

If the applicant has held a hunting license previously but is unable to locate a copy, a license affidavit form may be included with the license application.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife will provide the information and forms on its website,, in mid-December.

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