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Wildlife Division Email: deep.wildlife@ct.gov

Licenses and Permits: Online Sportsmen Licensing

Hunting & Trapping Season Information

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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).
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Hunters: Help Is Needed for a Deer Population Study - The Wildlife Division is continuing to collect incisors from deer harvested in Deer Management Zones 1 and 5. To the left is a list of towns from which we would like to obtain samples. The entire two front incisors should be removed from the lower jaw and placed in a ziploc bag. Mail the teeth with a completed Deer Head/Incisor Collection Tag to DEEP Deer Program, 391 Route 32, North Franklin, CT 06254.
 
Tooth samples requested from the following towns:
Deer Management Zone 1 Towns
Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, Litchfield, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Warren
Deer Management Zone 5 Towns
Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Scotland, Sterling, Thompson, Windham, Woodstock
 
Deer heads for CWD testing requested from ALL Connecticut towns.
Chronic Wasting Disease Testing:
The Wildlife Division is also collecting heads for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing from ALL Deer Management Zones. In an attempt to make data collection easier, hunters should fill out a Deer Head/Incisor Collection Tag to accompany teeth and/or heads. Arrangements can be made to have heads/incisors picked up by emailing either william.embacher@ct.gov or andrew.labonte@ct.gov, or calling 860-642-7239.
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Deer Head Measurements: The Wildlife Division is asking hunters to take a measurement (in centimeters) from the rear edge of the nostril opening to the front corner of the eye and include this measurement when reporting their deer harvest (see diagram). This measurement information will help biologists determine ages of harvested deer. Thank you for your assistance.
Stone's Ranch Military Reservation: The Stone's Ranch Military Reservation in East Lyme, is available for deer and turkey hunting by daily permit. When available, daily access permits will be issued through the on-line sportsman's 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, archery deer, and/or archery turkey permit. 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. A Small Game Daily Permit Report is not required for hunters using this area. 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 and Turkey: 9/15-11/18 State Land No-Lottery Shotgun B: 11/29-12/9
Youth Deer Hunter Training Days: 11/8-11/15 State Land Muzzleloader: 12/10-12/23
State Land No-Lottery Shotgun A: 11/19-11/28
Archery Deer and Turkey: 12/24-12/31
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NEW! Accepting Entries for the Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest
The DEEP Wildlife Division is currently accepting entries for the contest to select the image for the 2016 Connecticut Duck Stamp. All entries must be received in person or postmarked on or before April 15, 2015.
State Land Shotgun Deer Hunting - The state land deer lottery selection process is now closed but  unsold lottery permits are still available on a first-come, first-served basis to hunters who have not yet purchased a state land shotgun deer permit. These permits can be purchased on-line or at DEEP OfficesInstructions for Online Purchases (pdf)

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)

Hunting and Connecticut's Gun Laws: Common questions and answers about how Connecticut's new gun laws may affect hunters.
New! 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 michael.gregonis@ct.gov or 860-642-7239.
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, 2014.