More of Vermont’s disabled veterans now have increased hunting and fishing license benefits thanks to legislation signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin on May 5, 2014.
“Vermont’s veterans deserve our thanks for all they have given to their state and their country,” said Governor Shumlin. “Making more disabled Vermonters eligible for free hunting and fishing licenses is one way to offer them the recognition they deserve.”
Act 116 (H.589) provides that a Vermont resident who is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and who is 60 percent disabled (used to be 100 percent) as a result of a service-connected disability may receive a free fishing, hunting, or combination hunting and fishing license, which will include all big game licenses, except for a moose permit, with certification by the veterans’ administration.
The legislation also has a reciprocity provision for veterans from other states.
Fish & Wildlife urges people to call their licensing office for more information 802-828-1190.
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