DEEP: Hunting and Trapping

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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
Trapping Season Information
- 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
Corrections to the printed version of the 2016 Connecticut Hunting & Trapping Guide: In the Public Hunting Area table on page 40, muzzleloader deer hunting is permitted at Aldo Leopold Wildlife Management Area in Southbury. In the Public Hunting Area table on page 41, fall archery deer and turkey hunting are NOT permitted at MDC Barskhamsted Reservoir Barkhamsted East Block and Hartland East Block even though it is marked as so in the Guide.
NEW! Deer Harvest Reports (PDF): This table contains the final deer harvest numbers (listed by town) from September 15, 2015, through January 31, 2016. 
Attention Migratory Bird Hunters: The Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations Meeting, which has been held in late July/early August in years past, will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016, from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, in the upstairs conference room at Cabela's, 475 East Hartford Blvd. N., East Hartford.
{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.
{image of deer feeding in winter} NEW! Deer Adaptations to Winter and the Effects of Feeding Deer
Learn about how deer can survive harsh winters, why you should never feed deer during winter, and the difference between feeding and baiting deer.
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NEW! Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest
Wildlife artists are encouraged to enter artwork that depicts a waterfowl species (duck or goose) that occurs in Connecticut. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2017 Connecticut Duck Stamp.
The current Connecticut Duck Stamp print is available now from Crittenden Studio. For more information and to order, visit
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! Junior Hunting Webpage: Learn about Junior Hunter Training Days, special events, and more.
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)
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.
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.
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
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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NEW! Connecticut's Wildlife Action Plan
The final version of the 2015 Connecticut Wildlife Action Plan was submitted to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as of October 2015.
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 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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Stories and News of Interest:

Youth Pheasant Hunting Events Popular this Year Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Northwest CT Fawn Mortality Project Wrap-up Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Survey of Wildlife Agencies Sheds Light on Deer Harvest Reporting Methods Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Winter Feeding of Deer Causes More Harm than Good Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
A Look Back at the 2014 Deer Hunting Season Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
New England Cottontail Status Update Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Forty Years of Connecticut Wild Turkey Biologists Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
The Science Behind Setting Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
2015 Spring Turkey Harvest Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Aerial 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)
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)
Crossbows -- Expanding Opportunities for Hunters  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
CT Waterfowl Association Launches Mentoring Program  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan  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)

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Content last updated on February 3, 2016.