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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

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Title 10 : Conservation and Development

Chapter 113 : Game

Subchapter 007 : Retrieval and Use of Covered Wild Animals

(Cite as: 10 V.S.A. § 4924)
  • § 4924. Exceptions

    The requirements of sections 4922 and 4923 of this title shall not apply:

    (1) when the failure to retrieve, the failure to salvage, or the failure to retain the covered wild animal is beyond the control of the person due to:

    (A) theft of the covered wild animal by another person;

    (B) unavoidable loss in the field to a wild animal;

    (C) lack of legal access to property where a wounded or dead covered wild animal is located, including when signage on the property would lead a reasonable person to believe that hunting is prohibited on the land; or

    (D) other circumstances that prevent salvage, retrieval, or retention;

    (2) in order to defend a person or property, including defense of property authorized under this part or rules adopted under this part;

    (3) when the covered wild animal is sick or diseased;

    (4) to a State, federal, or municipal law enforcement officer or employee when the law enforcement officer or employee is acting within the course of the officer’s or employee’s employment; or

    (5) when following generally accepted hunting or trapping practices for retrieval of a covered wild animal when a practice is:

    (A) set forth under this part or rules adopted under this part; or

    (B) approved as a best practice by the Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife. (Added 2021, No. 110 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. May 11, 2022.)