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Wildlife Division Email: deep.wildlife@ct.gov

Licenses and Permits: Online Sportsmen Licensing

Hunting & Trapping Season Information

2016 Hunting & Trapping Seasons

- 2016 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
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Trapping Season Information
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NEW! BIRD HUNTING STAMPS
- Junior Hunter Training Days - Pheasant Hunting
- Outdoor Safety Tips - Hunting Area Maps
- Field Trial Dates - Management Zone Map
- Shooting Ranges - Sunrise/Sunset Times
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Snapping Turtle Regulations
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Game Bird Harvest Tags (pdf)
Field Trials, Dog Training, Shooting Preserves
 
Corrections to the printed version of the 2016 Connecticut Hunting & Trapping Guide:
  • Aldo Leopold Wildlife Management Area in Southbury: Muzzleloader deer hunting is permitted (see Public Hunting Area table on page 40).
  • MDC Barskhamsted Reservoir - Barkhamsted East Block, Sweetheart Mountain, and Hartland East Block: Fall archery deer and turkey hunting are NOT permitted (see Public Hunting Area table on page 41).
  • Centennial Watershed State Forest - Shelton Parcel (formerly Bridgeport Hydraulic): Small game, waterfowl, and archery turkey hunting are NOT permitted. Only archery deer hunting is allowed at this area. (see Public Hunting Area table on page 40).
  • Naugatuck State Forest: Open to pheasant hunting (see page 40).
  • Meriden Rod and Gun Club: Open to pheasant hunting with a daily permit (see page 41).
  • Seymour Fish and Game Club: Open to pheasant hunting with a daily permit (see page 41).
 
NEW! Legislation that became effective on July 1, 2016 established the Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp (which replaces the Pheasant Stamp and turkey permits) and made changes to the Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp. The Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp is required to hunt any resident game birds in Connecticut, including pheasants, ruffed grouse, partridge, quail, AND wild turkey. The Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp is required for anyone hunting waterfowl, rails, snipe, woodcock, and crows. These new changes are not in the printed version of the 2016 Hunting & Trapping Guide.
 
NEW! 2015 Connecticut Deer Program Summary: A summary of white-tailed deer information for 2015, including changes in deer management regulations, harvest statistics, research activities, and population dynamics of Connecticut’s deer population. (PDF, 31 pages)
 
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Save the Date! Connecticut Hunting & Fishing Day on September 10 was a huge success. Over 750 people attended the event at the Wildlife Division's Franklin Wildlife Management Area. If you missed it, don't worry! Saturday, September 24 at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington is a second event from 10AM-4PM. This FREE event features activities for all ages, including target shooting; hunting dog demonstrations; archery; children’s crafts and activities; fishing demonstrations; and more! Equipment vendors, sporting clubs, fish & wildlife exhibits, and conservation organizations will also be present.
 
Stone's Ranch Military Reservation: The Stone's Ranch Military Reservation in East Lyme is available for deer and turkey hunting by daily permit. Daily access permits will be issued through the on-line sportsmen licensing system on a first-come, first-served basis. All hunters will be required to check-in and out with military personnel at a single access control point and must have the appropriate valid state land firearms or archery deer permit and, if hunting turkeys, a fall archery turkey permit or Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp. Any deer or turkey taken on the property must be reported (Tagging & Reporting Deer/Turkey). Use 336 as the public hunting area code for this property. Continuation of the program in the future is contingent upon all hunters following the site-specific rules and strict adherence to all hunting laws and regulations. Rules, Maps and Instructions for Stone's Ranch Permits (pdf). Permits can be obtained for the following season dates:  
   
Archery Deer: Sept. 15, Oct. 11, Oct. 13, Oct. 15 State Land No-Lottery Shotgun B: Nov. 29
Youth Deer Hunter Training Days: No dates provided State Land Muzzleloader: Dec. 7, Dec. 14
State Land No-Lottery Shotgun A: Nov. 16, Nov. 22 Archery Deer and Turkey: Dec. 21
 
What to Do If You Harvest a Deer with a Neck Collar
DEEP Wildlife Division researchers have captured and placed neck collars on over 150 white-tailed deer in northwestern throughout Connecticut. 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.
 
Chronic Wasting Disease Testing in White-tailed Deer
The Wildlife Division is collecting deer heads for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing from ALL Deer Management Zones during the 2016 hunting season. In an attempt to make data collection easier, hunters should fill out a Deer Head Collection Tag to accompany heads. Arrangements can be made to have heads picked up by emailing either william.embacher@ct.gov or andrew.labonte@ct.gov, or calling 860-424-3011. (More information on CWD)
 
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)
 
NEW! CT DEEP and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) have partnered with Responsive Management to conduct a statewide study in Connecticut about residents’ opinions on wildlife and wildlife-related activities.
 
State residents may receive a phone call from Responsive Management asking them to participate in a brief telephone survey about wildlife; selection of residents for participation is random to maintain a scientifically valid study. If you receive a call at home or on your cell phone, please consider participating in the study to assist the Department and AFWA in better understanding residents’ opinions on wildlife.
 
If you have any questions about the study, please contact the DEEP-Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011 or email deep.wildlife@ct.gov.
 
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 permitspdf) Several of the deer lottery areas have specific deadlines including: MDC Pine Hill (59A, 59B) and Valentine Blocks (58A, 58B) – August 15; Bristol Water Company (52A, 52B) – August 31; Centennial State Forest (56A, 56B) – August 31; Trout Brook Valley State Park (26A, 26B) – Sept. 30, and Yale Forest (51A)  – Sept. 30. 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. Permits are not available for the following areas: 28A, 28B, 60A, 63A, 64A, 65B, and 66. (More information on the deer lottery) Please note: Over the counter sales of unsold deer lottery permits for 12-17 year old hunters will open on August 1, 2016.
 
Glastonbury Public Shooting Range Open for 2016 Season: The range will be open every Saturday and Sunday from April 2 through November 27. Reservations should be obtained through DEEP's Online Sportsmen Licensing System or by calling the Range Reservation line at 860-424-3737. Reservations are no longer being accepted through email. (more details)
 
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NEW! Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest Winner Announced!
Wildlife artist Mark Thone's painting of canvasbacks at the mouth of the Thames river is the winner of DEEP's 2016-2017 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation (Duck) Stamp contest. It will be featured on the 2017 CT Duck Stamp. View a slideshow of the artwork submitted for the contest.
{BNR 150th Anniversary Logo} NEW! Join us in celebrating 150 Years of Natural Resource Conservation in Connecticut! Throughout 2016, we will look back at our history and also look ahead to the future of natural resources in our state. Follow along with the celebration and participate in special events to be held year-long. Check out our historical timeline: Connecticut Bureau of Natural Resources Through the Years.
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Junior Hunting Webpage: Learn about Junior Hunter Training Days, special events, and more.
 
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. Landowners hunting with a bow during the "Free Landowner Deer Season" on properties located within Deer Management Zones 1, 4b, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 may also hunt on Sundays. Archery deer hunting on Sundays must take place at least 40 yards away from blazed hiking trails.
 
Avian Influenza Update: What You Need to Know
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 Nathan_Ingebretsen@fws.gov or Shaun_Roche@fws.gov, or call 860-399-2513. An informational rack card on CWD is available for printing and distribution.

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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.
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 michael.gregonis@ct.gov 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 www.hunterexam.com/treestandSafety.

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Content last updated on September 16, 2016.