Sunday, March 29, 2015

VT Fish & Wildlife Propose New Rules For Public Shooting Ranges

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is proposing to new rules for its public shooting
ranges.A press release says the rule proposal will address potential noise, safety, and usage issues with the 
goal of developing more ranges for the public.

Specific rule changes include:
  • Require all users 15 years of age and older to have a valid Vermont hunting, fishing or combination license 
  • unless attending an event or training sponsored by the department.
  • Prohibit use of any fireworks, pyrotechnics, or any other explosive targets, including tannerite.
  • Prohibit firing more than six rounds per magazine.
"The intent of this proposal is to resolve public safety or noise complaints, and to develop range rules that allow
for co-existence between range users and neighbors," said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter.  "Creating
this balance will ensure future outdoor recreational shooting areas are successful."

A public hearing is scheduled at the Statehouse on April 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed rules.
 A public informational meeting will also be held at the Hartland Recreational Center on April 29 from
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


  1. This looks like another backdoor maneuver by the Democrats to hit the tax payers with more fees (Taxes) i.e. “Valid Vermont hunting, fishing, or combination license. What if you want to take a guest with you to the range?
    Joe McDonald

  2. Makes no sense to me. What if a person is there only for target shooting and never hunts? Why would they need a hunting license? I've never hunted and never will, but I might want to do some target shooting. It's like telling a person they can't go bowling unless they have a hunting license.