DEEP: Hunting and Trapping


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Licenses and Permits: Online Sportsmen Licensing

Hunting & Trapping Season Information

2015 Hunting & Trapping Seasons

- 2015 Hunting & Trapping Guide - Deer Lottery
- Migratory Bird Hunting Guide - Tagging & Reporting Deer/Turkey
- Fed. Migratory Bird Hunting Regs (pdf) - Replacement Tag Deer Check Stations
- License & Permit Information - Deer/Turkey Harvest Tags (pdf)
- Online Permit-Required Area and Small Game Reporting - Online Reporting of a Coyote/Fox taken by Hunting
- Junior Hunter Training Days - Pheasant Hunting
- Outdoor Safety Tips - Hunting Area Maps
- Field Trial Dates - Management Zone Map
- Shooting Ranges - Sunrise/Sunset Times
- Snapping Turtle Regulations - Game Bird Harvest Tags (pdf)
Field Trials, Dog Training, Shooting Preserves
NEW! Sunday 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.
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’s Licensing System or at DEEP offices until sold out or when the season ends. (Instructions for purchasing unsold lottery permitspdf) 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)
NEW! DEEP is offering the opportunity for firearms deer hunting at two new areas: Mohawk State Forest Ziegler/Johnson Tract and Aldo Leopold Wildlife Management Area.
NEW! Avian Influenza Update: What You Need to Know
2015 Hunting and Fishing Licenses Are Now On Sale!
New for 2015: License fees for 16 and 17-year-olds are reduced by 50%, as well as fees for tags, stamps, and permits. Licenses can be purchased on the on-line sportsmen licensing system, at participating town clerks and sporting goods stores, and DEEP offices.
NEW! Glastonbury Public Shooting Range is open for the 2015 Season:
Reservations can now be obtained through the Online Sportsmen Licensing System for shooters 18 and older. Reservation requests can also be made one week in advance by calling the Range Reservation line at 860-424-3737 or by sending an email to Requests can be made on Mondays from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM. (More details)
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SAVE THE DATE! Connecticut Hunting & Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the Wildlife Division's Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington.
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New! Firearms Accreditation Courses - Firearms Accreditation courses are available only to experienced hunters who have previously held a resident or non-resident firearms hunting license in any jurisdiction (state or Canadian Province) that is a member of the IHEA (International Hunter Education Association).

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 is available for printing and distribution.

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Provide Input on CT's Wildlife Action Plan
NEW! The final draft of the 2015 Connecticut Wildlife Action Plan is ready for review. Public input will be accepted by DEEP through August 21, 2015.
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Winning Artwork chosen for the Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest   Wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter's depiction of three Atlantic brant was selected as the winner of DEEP's 2015-2016 Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest. The image will be featured on the 2016 Connecticut Duck Stamp.
The current Connecticut Duck Stamp print is available now from Crittenden Studio. For more information and to order, visit
Hunting and Connecticut's Gun Laws: Common questions and answers about how Connecticut's new gun laws may affect hunters.
2013 Connecticut Deer Program Summary: A summary of white-tailed deer information for 2013, including changes in deer management regulations, harvest statistics, research activities, and population dynamics of Connecticut’s deer population. (PDF, 30 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.
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 860-424-3011.
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

Falconry - Information about the sport of falconry in Connecticut.

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Ariel Excitement in Connecticut  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Jeffrey Klinefelter Wins 2015 CT Duck Stamp Art Contest  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Deer Research Update, Winter 2015  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Specially Trained EnCon Canine Detects First Illegal Possession of Fish  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Recent Connecticut Deer Program Activities  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Hunter Complaints Up -- Deer Numbers Down?  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
High Counts for the 2015 Midwinter Waterfowl Survey  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Invasive Trees at Charles Island Are Both Good and Bad  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
CE/FS Instructor Recognized for Milestone Accomplishment  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
From the Woods to the Web: Hunters Providing Valuable Data  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Waterfowl Training Day a "Honking" Success  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Be a Mentor to a New Hunter!  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
CT's Ruffed Grouse Project Enters Third Year  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
A Challenging Spring for Wild Turkey Hunters  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Results for the 2014 Breeding Waterfowl Survey  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Crossbows -- Expanding Opportunities for Hunters  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Annual Wood Duck Nest Box Checks Completed  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Record Deer Harvest in 2013 by Bowhunters  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
CT Waterfowl Association Launches Mentoring Program  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Ducks Marked with Nasal Saddles  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
CT Remains National Leader in Deer Hunting Safety  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Cold Weather Benefited 2014 Midwinter Waterfowl Survey  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Saltmarsh Restoration & Wintering Black Ducks  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Monitoring Wild Turkey Populations in CT  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
DEEP Receives Federal Grant to Restore Coastal Habitats  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Moose on the Move  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
CT and the Regional New England Cottontail Initiative  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)
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Migratory Gamebird Management Throughout the Years  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)

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Content last updated on August 21, 2015.