News: 2021 Hunting Lottery Announced for Bluffside Farm in Newport

Woman in camouflage aims her bow and arrow.

September 13, 2021 

The lottery for the 2021 archery hunting season at Bluffside Farm is open, the Vermont Land Trust announced today. Applications are due September 24.

As in years past, the Vermont Land Trust will host archery deer hunting at Bluffside, by permission only. All hunting will be archery-only because of the Newport City ordinance banning firearms.

This year, archery deer hunting will be allowed during three periods: October 16 to November 12, November 13 to November 28, and November 29 to December 15. These will be the only dates during which hunting will be permitted, and all rules will apply.

Bluffside Farm has become a popular area for walking and will continue to be open to pedestrians during hunting season. VLT requires that all hunters carry written permission and hunt only in the designated portions of the property, away from neighboring houses.

Visitors should be mindful that hunters may be present during the designated periods and wear proper safety attire; VLT will also post reminders at the property.

Bluffside Farm is located at 171 Scott Farm Road in Newport, Vermont. The Vermont Land Trust purchased the farm in 2015 and opened it to the public. In addition to hunting, the land is available for walking, skiing, outdoor education, and community gardening.

A new recreation path on Bluffside Farm is now open, adding to the existing trails the community has enjoyed for years. An official opening is being planned for this fall; more details will be coming soon.

More information and the lottery application are available at, or call (802) 745-6303 with questions. The deadline for applications is September 24.


Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department