|Junior Hunter Access Permits:
Junior hunters and their adult mentors can apply for Seasonal Permits to use the following Permit-Required Areas: East Windsor/Enfield, Hebron, NU- Maromas, NU-Skiff Mountain, Quinnipiac River State Park, Stanley Works, and Woodstock. These permits allow licensed junior hunters and their accompanying adult licensed hunter to hunt small game on the designated Permit-Required Hunting Area without having to obtain the normal daily permits required of other hunters on these areas.
NEW! 2015 Junior Pheasant Hunts: Pheasant hunting events are being held for junior hunters to hunt with a certified hunter safety instructor or experienced hunter, as well as with well-trained bird dogs with their handlers. Graduates of Connecticut’s Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Program that are between the ages of 12 and 16 years old and who possess a valid 2015 Junior Hunting License are eligible to participate. Visit the Junior Hunting Page for more information.
2014 Connecticut Deer Program Summary
: A summary of white-tailed deer information for 2014, including changes in deer management regulations, harvest statistics, research activities, and population dynamics of Connecticut’s deer population. (PDF, 30 pages)
NEW! Sunday Archery Deer Hunting:
Effective October 1, 2015, archery deer hunters can hunt on Sundays on private land only in Deer Management Zones 1, 4b, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 (zone map
). Deer Management Zones 2, 3, and 4a are NOT
open to Sunday archery deer hunting. Hunting must take place at least 40 yards away from blazed hiking trails.
NEW! Yale Forest Permit-Required Hunting Area: The vendor where season permits can be obtained has changed to JT's Fly Shop, 664 Buckley Highway in Union (860-684-1575). Their fall hours are Mon.-Fri. 7:00 AM-6:00 PM; Sat. 7:00 AM-4:00 PM; and Sun. 7:00 AM-1:00 PM.
What to Do If You Harvest a Deer with a Neck Collar
Over the past four winters, DEEP Wildlife Division researchers have captured and placed neck collars on over 150 white-tailed deer in northwestern Connecticut, specifically in the towns of Canaan, Cornwall, North Canaan, Salisbury, and Sharon. Some of the collared deer have moved from the initial towns of capture into Colebrook, Goshen, and Norfolk.
The marked deer may have a leather or nylon brown-colored collar; ear tags may or may not be present. Hunters should know that it is both completely legal and safe to harvest and consume these animals. The Wildlife Division asks that if hunters come across a collared deer during the upcoming hunting season, that they should hunt as they normally do – intentionally targeting collared deer or passing on them biases the mortality data. We also ask that if you do harvest a collared deer, please contact us using the phone number on the collar, or at 860-418-5921. We would like to collect the collar and jawbone from the animal if possible.
Unsold Lottery Deer Permits Available July 15
Select lottery permits not purchased by June 30 will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting July 15. Unsold lottery permits can be purchased through the Online Sportsmen Licensing System
or at DEEP offices until sold out or when the season ends. (Instructions for purchasing unsold lottery permits
) Several of the deer lottery areas have specific deadlines including: MDC Nepaug Reservoir Pine Hill and Valentine Blocks – August 1; Bristol Water Company – August 15; Centennial State Forest – August 15; and Yale Forest – August 31. Permits for these specific areas will not be available after the listed deadlines. All unsold lottery permits must be purchased at the end of the transaction. Hunters also are reminded that only adult hunters are eligible to apply for any MDC deer lottery permits. (More information on the deer lottery