What is it?

The aim of the Landowner-Hunter Cooperative (LHC) is to establish a working relationship between landowners and hunters: a relationship based on mutual respect, where folks can work together to help keep conservation alive for the benefit of everyone and everything, including the habitat and the animals that live there.

Why is it?

​84% of the total land mass in Vermont is private property. Much of that is posted against hunting and that number is growing. That means less access to wildlife for hunters, and that has consequences.

      As hunting land decreases animal numbers grow and as a result animal-human conflicts increase. There are more deer-related automobile accidents, and every gardener knows what deer can do to a garden in a short period of time.





Whether you are a landowner or a hunter, if you'd like additional information on the program all you need to do is email or call and we'll get the ball rolling. 

      1.  We will supply the Code of Ethics and the field permission card.

      2.  We can connect you with free mapping software made available for everyone by Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources. Most towns are part of it and the maps show roads, trails, and waterways, and in most towns property lot lines.

      3. We will give permission letter ideas to hopeful hunters and look for qualified hunters for landowners willing to give the program a try.  

It is our hope that everyone can work together to keep Vermont wild and maintain the heritage that we were given to foster and protect.

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What does LHC mean for hunters?.

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How will the VBA help?.

Landowner-Hunter Cooperative.

​A VBA initiative to bring landowners and hunters together for common good

523 Westminster West Rd, Putney, Vt  05346   (802) 579-8471  ​info@vermontbowhuntersassociation.org


There are many reasons why landowners post their property, but what if there's a way for landowners to allow some hunting and feel good about the decision to do so. All landowners who participate in this program should know that they are in control.

     1. All hunters who are active in the program agree to and sign an in-depth Code of Ethics, one that goes above and beyond the State mandates. 

     2. They will obey all rules that are asked of them, from parking in designated spots to helping you put up Posted signs.

     3. They will work with you for the betterment of your land and the wildlife that live on it.

     4. You'll know that the people who are on your property are the ones who have permission to be there. The best way to keep unwanted visitors off your land is to allow some to be there. Once it's known that someone has permission to hunt restricted land, trespassing is greatly reduced.

    5.  You'll be keeping a Vermont heritage alive for future generations .

​Vermont has a rich sporting tradition that has been handed down from one generation to another.  Access to the land is an integral aspect of that tradition. Vermont was the first state in the country to adopt a constitutional provision protecting the rights of its citizens to hunt, trap, and fish. As times change, Vermont is changing as well.  People’s attitudes toward hunting have changed, especially as we as a society move further away from our agricultural roots.  .

     ​There are indirect conflicts as well, such as the explosion of the tick population. Twenty years ago ticks were practically nonexistent in the state; now, they cover it, and with their rise in numbers the diseases they bring have also increased.

     Also, without proper management the herds can outgrow their habitat, causing forest destruction and unhealthy animals.

This biggest advantage for the hunter is expanded hunting grounds. But in order to participate in this program, there are some requirements that will need to be followed.

     1.  Sign and adhere to our Code of Ethics and carry a signed field card with you while hunting.

     2.  Agree to any additional requests made by the landowner, for example, where to park and areas that may not be hunted.

     3.  Keep the landowner informed so they know it's you on their property.

     4.  Always remember that you are a guest on the property and the permission can be rescinded at any time.

     5.  You are a part of a group that has special dedication to the sporting tradition and your dedication is helping keep the Vermont hunting tradition alive.