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Wildlife Division Email: deep.wildlife@ct.gov

Licenses and Permits: Online Sportsmen Licensing

Hunting & Trapping Season Information

 2013 Shotgun/Rifle Deer Harvest    See Harvest by Town
Total
Harvest
Private
Land
State
Land
Adult
Does
Young
Does
Adult
Bucks
Button
Bucks
8 or More
Points
4,3393,6446951,5023172,106391746
as of Thursday, December 12, 2013
 2013 Archery Deer Harvest    See Harvest by Town
Total
Harvest
Private
Land
State
Land
Adult
Does
Young
Does
Adult
Bucks
Button
Bucks
8 or More
Points
5,7695,0487212,3774412,489425782
as of Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Reported Deer and Turkey Harvest on Public Lands:  
NEW! 2013 Deer Hunter Survey: If you had deer hunting permits in Connecticut during the 2013 season, please complete this online survey: 2013 Deer Hunter Survey
2014 Deer Lottery: Starting January 1st, Lottery permit applications can be submitted online (online application instructions pdf), or at select DEEP locations (79 Elm St, Hartford; Franklin WMA; Sessions Woods WMA, Burlington; Eastern District HQ, Marlborough; Marine HQ, Old Lyme; Western District HQ, Harwinton). Licensed firearms hunters can apply individually or as a group.  The maximum number of hunters in a group is four.  Applicants may apply for up to six areas and can designate a preference for either the A or B season. (more info)
Online Issuance of Daily Permits for Small Game Hunting: Daily permits for hunting small game on some Permit-Required Hunting Areas can be obtained for free online. These permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one online permit can be obtained per selected hunting date. Consult the Map of Permit-Required Area Locations to see which areas have online permitting. Online permits can be obtained on the Sportsmen's Licensing Website. Instructions for Online Purchases (pdf)
If you obtain an online daily permit for small game or waterfowl hunting, you are required to report your hunting activity (whether you hunted or not) within 48 hours from the day the permit was valid. Submit Report Online
Hunting and Connecticut's Gun Laws: Common questions and answers about how Connecticut's new gun laws may affect hunters.

2012 Connecticut Deer Program Summary
A summary of white-tailed deer information for 2012, including changes in deer management regulations, harvest statistics, research activities, and population dynamics of Connecticuts deer population. (PDF, 30 pages)

2010-2011 Connecticut Wild Turkey Program Summary
A summary of wild turkey information, including harvest statistics for the spring (2011) and fall (2010) hunting seasons. (PDF, 22 pages)
Young Forest and Shrubland Initiative
The Wildlife Division in cooperation with other partners has initiated the Young Forest and Shrubland Initiative to help restore important habitats. Projects associated with this initiative include: 1) New England cottontail restoration, 2) upland shrubland bird monitoring, and 3) American woodcock habitat use and survival.
Continuing 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 860-642-7239.
{Winning artwork for 2014 CT Duck Stamp} Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest
Artists are invited to enter an original piece of artwork that depicts a Connecticut waterfowl species for the next Duck Stamp Art Contest. The winning entry will be featured on the 2015 Connecticut Duck Stamp. Deadline Extended: Artwork must be submitted by March 31, 2014.
Frequently Asked Questions
Information about hunting, licensing, safety and education requirements for obtaining hunting and trapping licenses.
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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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Stories and News of Interest
Saltmarsh Restoration & Wintering Black Ducks  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Monitoring Wild Turkey Populations in CT  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
A Look Back at the 2012 Deer Hunting Season  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
DEEP Receives Federal Grant to Restore Coastal Habitats  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Fawn Mortality Research Project Enters a Second Year  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Moose on the Move  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
2013 Spring and 2012 Fall Wild Turkey Harvest  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
CT and the Regional New England Cottontail Initiative  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Hunting Is Lowering Deer Numbers in Fairfield County  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Trail Cameras: Keeping An Eye on the Woods!  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Mating Season Movements of CT Cervids  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
WSFR Past, Present, and Future  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Waterfowl Hunter Water Survival Tips  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Restoring the Wild Turkey to Connecticut  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
The Wood Duck Success Story  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
An Alternative Approach to Monitoring CT's Deer Population  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Celebrating 75 Years of Partnership for American Wildlife  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Migratory Gamebird Management Throughout the Years  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
CT's Role in Restoring the New England Cottontail  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
2010 Deer Program Summary (PDF)
2009-2010 Turkey Program Summary (PDF)

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Content last updated on March 27, 2014.