Title 10: Conservation and Development
Chapter 105: LICENSES
Sub-Chapter 001: Generally
10 V.S.A. § 4254. Fishing and hunting licenses; eligibility, design, distribution, sale, and issue
§ 4254. Fishing and hunting licenses; eligibility, design, distribution, sale, and issue
(b) Hunting licenses. A resident or nonresident hunting license, combination fishing and hunting license, or archery license may be issued to any person, provided that the applicant prior to issue first presents:
(2) a certificate of satisfactory completion of a hunter safety course, or bow hunter education course as applicable, in another state or a province of Canada which is approved by the Commissioner; or
(3) a hunting license, a combination hunting and fishing license, or archery license, if applicable, issued for this State or any other state or a province of Canada and valid for any license year; or
(4) other satisfactory proof that the applicant has previously held a hunting, or combination hunting and fishing license or archery license, if applicable. A hunting license or archery license may be issued to a person aged 15 or under only with the written consent of the applicant's parent or legal guardian given in the presence of the agent issuing the license.
(c) The Commissioner shall provide for a course of basic instruction in the safe handling of firearms, survival training and first aid training and a course in bow hunter education. For this purpose, the Commissioner may cooperate with any reputable association, organization, or agency, and he or she may designate any person found by him or her to be competent to give such instruction. A person satisfactorily completing the course of instruction shall receive from the instructor a certificate in evidence thereof. No fee shall be charged for a course of instruction provided under this subsection.
(7) Procedures for the audit of all license programs and license agency transactions and the proper retention and inspection of all accounting and inventory records related to the sale or issuance of licenses.
(8) Procedures for the suspension of any license agent or agency, including a town clerk agent, for noncompliance with the provisions of this title, any written agreement between the agent and the Department, or any licensing rule established by the Department.
(9) That for each license, $1.50 of the fee is a filing fee that may be retained by the agent, except for the super sport license for which $5.00 of the fee is a filing fee that may be retained by the agent.
(10) That for licenses and tags issued where the Department does not receive any part of the fee, $1.50 may be charged as a filing fee and retained by the agent.
(f) All persons or businesses who wish to serve as agents shall apply on forms provided by the Department. All applicants who become agents, except town clerks or other municipal or State employees who sell licenses as part of their official duties, shall pay an agency origination fee of $100.00 upon establishment of the agency. Except for the fee collected under subdivision (e)(9) of this section, all license fees collected by an agent are the property of the State of Vermont and shall be promptly paid to the state following the procedures established under subdivision (e)(6) of this section.
(g) All operating license agents, including those in their first year of operation, but not including town clerks, other municipal or State employees who sell licenses as part of their official duties, and point-of-sale agents, shall pay an annual agency operation fee of $35.00. This fee shall be used for the administration of this section and to offset any losses incurred from sales of licenses, in lieu of individual bonding.
(h) If the Board decides to hold a lottery for the purpose of allocating permits to hunt or fish, except for a lottery held pursuant to sections 4081 or 4153 of this title or for water fowl hunting permits for specific areas as defined by the Board by rule, the Department shall require that each resident entering the lottery shall submit a nonrefundable fee of $10.00 and each nonresident entering the lottery shall submit a nonrefundable fee of $25.00 with each application. Proceeds from the sale of applications shall be deposited into the Fish and Wildlife Fund.
(i)(1) If the Board establishes a moose hunting season, up to five moose permits shall be set aside to be auctioned. The moose permits set aside for auction shall be in addition to the number of annual moose permits authorized by the Board. The Board shall adopt rules necessary for the Department to establish, implement, and run the auction process. The Commissioner annually may establish a minimum dollar amount of not less than $1,500.00 for any winning bid for a moose permit auctioned under this subdivision. Proceeds from the auction shall be deposited in the Fish and Wildlife Fund and used for conservation education programs run by the Department. Successful bidders must have a Vermont hunting or combination license in order to purchase a moose permit.
(2) If the Board establishes a moose hunting season, there shall be established a program to set aside five moose permits for Vermont residents who have served on active duty in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States and who have been awarded or are eligible to receive a campaign ribbon for Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. The Department of Fish and Wildlife shall adopt a procedure to implement the set-aside program for veterans who have been awarded or are eligible to receive a campaign ribbon for Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, including a method to award applicants preference points and a method by which veterans who applied for but failed to receive a permit in one hunting season are awarded priority in the subsequent moose hunting season. The procedure adopted under this subdivision shall be consistent with the preference system for the permit auction authorized under subdivision (1) of this subsection. Veterans awarded a moose permit under this subsection must possess a valid Vermont hunting or combination license in order to purchase a moose permit. The Department of Fish and Wildlife shall coordinate with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide notice to eligible veterans of the moose permits set-aside under this subsection. (Added 1961, No. 119, § 1, eff. May 9, 1961; amended 1963, No. 126, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1964; 1967, No. 373 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. March 27, 1968; 1973, No. 169 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1973, No. 173 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1977, No. 111, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1978; 1977, No. 225 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 1, 2, 10, eff. April 12, 1978; 1989, No. 87, § 1, eff. June 6, 1989; 1989, No. 190 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 1993, No. 192 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1997, No. 59, § 42, eff. June 30, 1997; 1997, No. 155 (Adj. Sess.), § 42, eff. Jan. 1, 1999; 1999, No. 30, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2001; 2001, No. 65, § 19, eff. Jan. 1, 2002; 2003, No. 163 (Adj. Sess.), § 13, eff. Nov. 1, 2004; 2005, No. 42, § 1; No. 72, § 11a; 2007, No. 98 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2009, No. 146 (Adj. Sess.), § B11; 2011, No. 128 (Adj. Sess.), § 28; 2013, No. 78, § 7.)