A new law in Vermont allows bowhunters to carry a handgun for self-defense—but not for taking game—for the first time. Previously, Vermont law and hunting regulations prohibited the carrying of a firearm while engaged in bowhunting or dog training. House Bill 129, an NRA-supported bill introduced by state Representative Patrick Brennan (R-Chittenden-9-2) changed that, allowing bowhunters and dog trainers to carry a handgun for self-defense while engaged in those outdoor activities.
With the passage of The Sportsmen’s Act of 2013 in Vermont, the number of states that still do not permit bowhunters to carry firearms for protection is down to 16.
In a press release issued last week, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminded bowhunters that handguns may not be used to take game while archery deer hunting.