DEEP: Hunting and Trapping

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Wildlife Division Email: deep.wildlife@ct.gov       {Find Us on Facebook}  

Licenses and Permits: Online Sportsmen Licensing

Hunting & Trapping Season Information

2019 Hunting & Trapping Seasons

- 2019 Hunting & Trapping Guide - Deer Lottery
- Migratory Bird Hunting Guide
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Tagging & Reporting Deer/Turkey
- Fed. Migratory Bird Hunting Regs (PDF)
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Replacement Tag Deer Check Stations
- License and Permit Information
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Deer/Turkey Harvest Tags (PDF)
- Online Permit-Required Area and Small Game Reporting
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Private Land Consent Form
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Trapping Season Information
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Online Reporting of a Coyote/Fox Taken by Hunting
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Junior Hunter Training Days
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Bird Hunting Stamps
- Thank a Landowner - Pheasant Hunting
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Outdoor Safety Tips
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Daily Permits and Vendors for Permit-Required Areas
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Field Trial Dates - Hunting Area Maps
- Shooting Ranges - Management Zone Map
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Game Bird Harvest Tags (pdf)
Field Trials, Dog Training, Shooting Preserves
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NEW! 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)
 
NEW for Junior Turkey Hunter Training Week: Two daily permits per day will be available for junior hunters to hunt turkeys on April 13-20 (excluding Sunday, April 14) at Trout Brook Valley in Easton and Sessions Woods WMA in Burlington. The permits will be issued through the Online Sportsmen Licensing System starting on April 8, 2019. The permits for junior hunter training week are available under the tab labeled OTHER and are listed under JUNIOR HUNTER TRAINING DAYS. A licensed junior hunter must be accompanied by an adult mentor (18 years or older) with a 2019 Connecticut Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp (more about junior hunter training days).
 
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.
 
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)
 
WATERFOWL HUNTERS: 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.
 
NEW! WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS
Sign up to receive Wildlife Highlights, a free electronic newsletter for anyone interested in Connecticut's wildlife and the outdoors! View an archived copy of the most recent edition: April 2019.
 
NEW! 2018 Tally of Deer Season Results by Town
 
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)
 
{2019 CT Duck Stamp}
Artists are invited to enter the contest by submitting an original piece of artwork that depicts a waterfowl species (duck, goose, or brant) that occurs in Connecticut. The winning entry will be featured on the 2020 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp.
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NEW! 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.
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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.
 
Landowners who own a farm or forested land (particularly in Hartford, New Haven, and Fairfield Counties) can be paid up to $20 per acre annually if the land is available for hunting by the public. (Learn more)
 
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 Nathan_Ingebretsen@fws.gov or Shaun_Roche@fws.gov, 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 michael.gregonis@ct.gov 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 www.hunterexam.com/treestandSafety.

Falconry - Information about the sport of falconry in Connecticut.

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Content last updated on April 9, 2019.