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SAVE THE DATE! Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day: Sunday, September 15, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Hammonasset Beach State Park. This FREE fun-filled event explores Connecticut's fish and wildlife resources and legacy of outdoor traditions, with live animals, demonstrations, fish casting, fly tying, archery, axe throwing, kid's activities, outdoor skills, a photo contest, and more.

Hunting & Trapping Season Information

2019 Hunting & Trapping Seasons
Hunting and Trapping Field Notes
NEW! Archery Deer Hunting Access Permit on Designated Centennial Watershed State Forest Land
Archery hunting for deer will be permitted on approximately 4,390 acres of designated land located in the Centennial Watershed State Forest. Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut, CT DEEP, and The Nature Conservancy jointly manage these lands. The archery hunt, which is part of a deer management program, will take place from September 16 through December 31, 2019. Season framework will follow state regulations. An access permit is required to participate in this program. Access permits will be issued free-of-charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. In order to receive an access permit, you must have a valid 2019 Connecticut archery deer permit and submit a completed access permit application starting June 3, 2019. The Aquarion Water Company will issue the access permits and related materials via U.S. mail. Please complete the application form and send it, along with the required documents, to the Aquarion Water Company. Questions can be directed to the Aquarion Water Company’s Aspetuck Environmental Center at 203-445-7339 or via email to
The Glastonbury Public Shooting Range will be open for public use on weekends from March 30 through December 1, 2019. (Information on time slots and reservations)
ATTENTION: The beaver marsh boardwalk at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington is currently closed for repairs until further notice. Wheelchair access will not be available until the repairs are completed.
Unsold Deer Lottery Permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting March 15, 2019. Unsold lottery permits can be purchased online or at select DEEP offices (79 Elm St, Hartford; Franklin WMA, North Franklin; Sessions Woods WMA, Burlington; Eastern District HQ, Marlborough; Marine HQ, Old Lyme; Western District HQ, Harwinton) until sold out or the season ends. All unsold lottery permits must be purchased at the end of the transaction. (Instructions for purchasing unsold lottery permitsPDF) Please note that Roraback WMA (Area 61) has been changed to a No-lottery Area and is no longer part of the deer lottery for the 2019 hunting season. This change is not reflected in the printed version of the 2019 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide.
WATERFOWL HUNTERS: The general duck season in the Atlantic Flyway is now being set based on the collective status of 4 species (wood duck, ring-necked duck, American green-winged teal, and common goldeneye). This is a vast departure from the way the general duck season has been set since 2000, which was based solely on the status of mallards breeding in the northeastern part of the Continent. This new approach has been in the works since 2012 and will result in a season setting process that better accounts for all duck populations and the status of waterfowl habitat in the Atlantic Flyway (more information).
The mallard has been one of the most abundant duck species in eastern North America for decades. In the past 20 years, however, eastern mallards have been on the decline. As a result of the long-term decline, the 2019-2020 mallard bag limit is being reduced from 4 per day to 2 per day. The 2018-2019 bag limit will remain at 4 mallards per day. Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) about changes to mallard hunting regulations in the Atlantic Flyway for 2019-2020. Brochure (PDF) explaining the changes in the Atlantic Flyway mallard bag limit.
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Discover Outdoor Connecticut Photo Contest:
Enter your favorite wildlife, scenary, and outdoor Connecticut photos in our annual contest! All entries will be on display during Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day on September 15, 2019 at the Meigs Point Nature Center (Hammonasset Beach State Park). Entry deadline is August 16, 2019. (official entry form PDF)
NEW! 2018 Connecticut Wild Turkey Program Report: A summary of wild turkey information, including harvest statistics, for the 2017 spring and fall hunting seasons. (PDF, 27 pages)
2017 Connecticut Deer Program Summary: A summary of white-tailed deer information for 2017, including changes in deer management regulations, harvest statistics, research activities, and population dynamics of Connecticut’s deer population. (PDF, 32 pages)
A painting of a pair of wood ducks by Frank Dolphens, Jr., was selected as the winner for the Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp Art Contest. It will be featured on the 2020 Stamp. See all of the entries for the 2019 contest and learn about upcoming changes on how the stamp image will be selected starting in 2021.
The Connecticut Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife. Our nation’s fish and wildlife are among its most valuable resources. Scientists estimate that one third of all U.S. wildlife species are already imperiled or are vulnerable. Urgent action is needed to protect wildlife. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the solution we need. Learn more about the proposed bipartisan legislation and how you can help support fish and wildlife conservation.

Learn about Connecticut's top predator, how the Wildlife Division is studying our state's bobcat population, and how hunters and trappers can help. Please contact the Division if you find a detached bobcat collar (more details).
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CT NASP is an in-school program typically taught during physical education classes. The program is designed to teach International-style target archery skills with the help of a pre-written curriculum which meets or exceeds national physical education standards. Visit the CT NASP webpage for more information.
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Junior Hunting Webpage: Learn about Junior Hunter Training Days, special events, and more.
Information on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHDV-6) in deer in Connecticut.
Fact sheet on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease from the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative.
Avian Influenza Update: What You Need to Know
Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer: A presentation on chronic wasting disease has been developed, which is ideal for hunting and conservation clubs. If you would like a presenter to visit your club or organization, please email the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge at or, or call 860-399-2513. An informational rack card on CWD (PDF) is available for printing and distribution.
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The DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources celebrated 150 Years of Natural Resource Conservation in Connecticut in 2016. We looked back at our history and also forward to the future of natural resources in our state. Check out our historical timeline Connecticut Bureau of Natural Resources Through the Years and see what it was like "Then and Now."
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Connecticut's Wildlife Action Plan
The final version of the 2015 Connecticut Wildlife Action Plan was approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in January 2016. This plan establishes both a state and national framework for proactively conserving our fish and wildlife, including their habitats, for the next 10 years.
Hunting and Connecticut's Gun Laws: Common questions and answers about how Connecticut's new gun laws may affect hunters.
Connecticut's Young Forest Habitat Initiative
The Wildlife Division, in cooperation with other partners, has initiated the Young Forest Habitat Initiative to help restore important habitats. Projects associated with this initiative include: 1) New England Cottontail Restoration; 2) Shrubland Bird Monitoring; and 3) American Woodcock Habitat Use and Survival.
Ruffed Grouse Research: To obtain distribution and harvest information, the Wildlife Division is asking the public for ruffed grouse sighting and grouse parts. Grouse sightings may consist of actual bird observations or drumming activity. Individuals are also asked to send in grouse wings and tails from hunter harvested or road-killed birds. These items are used to determine the age and sex of grouse, which will assist in assessing productivity and harvest composition. To report grouse sightings and/or donate grouse parts, please contact Michael Gregonis at or 860-418-5957.
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Lead Bullet Fragments in Wild Game
There have been recent concerns about the potential risk of exposure to lead fragments in deer meat harvested with lead ammunition. These considerations have prompted the DEEP, in consultation with the Department of Public Health, to provide additional guidance for hunters and consumers of venison. (read more)

Tree Stand Safety
Improper use of tree stands is one of the most common causes for injuries and death to hunters in the field. For free online instruction on the proper use of tree stands and safety harnesses, go to

Falconry - Information about the sport of falconry in Connecticut.

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Content last updated on August 12, 2019.