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Introduced by   Representative Deen of Westminster

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Fish and wildlife; licenses; hunting and fishing guides

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require that hunting and fishing guides obtain a license from the department of fish and wildlife.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 4280 is added to read:


(a)  As used in this section, ”Guide” means a person who offers services for hire, part or all of which include directing, instructing, or aiding another in fishing, hunting, camping, hiking or white water canoeing.

(b)  No person shall act as a guide without first obtaining a license under this section. Employees of children's camps shall be exempt from the requirement of this subsection.

(c)  A qualified person may obtain a license as a guide under this section by applying to the commissioner.

(d)  The board shall adopt rules that define "qualified person," establish procedures for applying for a guide license and prescribe the license fees.  At a minimum, a qualified person shall be at least 18 years of age, shall hold a valid hunting or fishing or combination license and shall furnish such proof as the rules shall require of skill in the use, management and handling of such boats or canoes as are customarily used in fishing and hunting, and shall be a competent person under all circumstances to be a guide for hunting or fishing parties.  Resident fees shall be reasonably related to the costs of administering the program.  Nonresident fees may be higher than resident fees.

(e)  The commissioner shall maintain a register of all persons licensed as Vermont guides.

(f)  Any licensed guide who violates any provision of this part, knowingly allows a client to violate a provision of this part or who makes any false statement in the application for a license shall forfeit the license obtained under this section for at least one year.

(g)  Any person guiding without a valid guide license shall pay a penalty of $500.00 and forfeit his or her fishing and hunting licenses for two years.


Any person who has acted as a hunting and fishing guide prior to passage of this act does not need to supply proof to the commissioner of skills required under section 4280 of Title 10 in order to receive a guide license.  However, the person must be at least 18 years of age, hold a valid hunting or fishing license and certify that he or she has received any training that the commissioner may require of other applicants for a license.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont