The Vermont Statutes Online
Subchapter 004 : WILD ANIMALS DOING DAMAGE(Cite as: 10 V.S.A. § 4829)
§ 4829. Person suffering damage by deer or black bear
(a) A person engaged in the business of farming who suffers damage by deer to the person’s crops, fruit trees, or crop-bearing plants on land not posted against the hunting of deer, or a person engaged in the business of farming who suffers damage by black bear to the person’s cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, or bees or bee hives on land not posted against hunting or trapping of black bear is entitled to reimbursement for the damage, and may apply to the Department of Fish and Wildlife within 72 hours of the occurrence of the damage for reimbursement for the damage. As used in this section, “post” means any signage that would lead a reasonable person to believe that hunting is prohibited on the land.
(b) As used in this section, a person is “engaged in the business of farming” if he or she earns at least one-half of the farmer’s annual gross income from the business of farming, as that term is defined in the Internal Revenue Code, 26 C.F.R. § 1.175-3. (Added 1969, No. 195 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1983, No. 158 (Adj. Sess.), eff. April 13, 1984; 1997, No. 99 (Adj. Sess.), § 10; 2011, No. 54, § 12, eff. May 31, 2011; 2013, No. 78, § 18.)