DEEP: Hunting and Trapping

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Wildlife Division Email: deep.wildlife@ct.gov

Licenses and Permits: Online Sportsmen Licensing

Hunting & Trapping Season Information

2017 Hunting & Trapping Seasons

- 2017 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 and 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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BIRD HUNTING STAMPS
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Junior Hunter Training Days
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NEW REGULATIONS (Effective July 1, 2016)
- Thank a Landowner - 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
 
The Glastonbury Public Shooting Range will be open from April 1, 2017 through November 26, 2017 (the range will be closed on April 15-16, Sept. 16, and Oct. 8). Rules and requirements have changed for the 2017 season. (More details)
 
NEW this year! Unsold Deer Lottery Permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting March 15, 2017. Unsold lottery permits can be purchased online or at select DEEP offices up until sold out or the season ends. All unsold lottery permits must be purchased at the end of the transaction. (Instructions for purchasing unsold lottery permitspdf)
 
Landowners who own a farm or forested land (particularly in Hartford, New Haven, and Fairfield Counties) can be paid between $3 - $20 per acre annually if the land is available for hunting by the public. (Learn more)
 
NEW! WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS
Sign up to receive Wildlife Highlights, a free electronic newsletter for anyone interested in Connecticut's wildlife and the outdoors! View an archived copy of the most recent edition: April 2017.
 
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SAVE THE DATE! Connecticut Hunting and Fishing Day, Saturday, September 23, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Cabela's (475 East Hartford Blvd. N., in East Hartford). This FREE event is a cooperative effort between the DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources and Cabela's. Lots of fun activites for the whole family are planned. Stay tuned for details.
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CT NASP is an in-school program typically taught during physical education classes. The program is designed to teach International-style target archery skills with the help of a pre-written curriculum which meets or exceeds national physical education standards. Visit the CT NASP webpage for more information.
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NEW! Artists are invited to enter the contest by submitting an original piece of artwork that depicts a waterfowl species (duck, goose, or brant) that occurs in Connecticut. The winning entry will be featured on the 2018 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp. View a slideshow of the artwork submitted for the contest held in 2016.
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The DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources celebrated 150 Years of Natural Resource Conservation in Connecticut in 2016. We looked back at our history and also forward to the future of natural resources in our state. Check out our historical timeline Connecticut Bureau of Natural Resources Through the Years and see what it was like "Then and Now."
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Junior Hunting Webpage: Learn about Junior Hunter Training Days, special events, and more.
 
Final Tally of the Deer Hunting Season Results
 
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)
 
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.

Falconry - Information about the sport of falconry in Connecticut.

Submit Sighting Reports
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 Report a Moose Sighting
 Report Turkey Brood Sightings

 
Wildlife News Wildlife Publications & Forms Wildlife Offices
     

Stories and News of Interest:

2015 Deer Season a Tough One for Many Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Celebrating 150 Years of Natural Resource Conservation Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
A History of Wildlife Conservation in Connecticut Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
From "Special Protectors" to EnCon Police Officers Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
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)
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)
Aerial Excitement in Connecticut  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Deer Research Update, Winter 2015  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)
Crossbows -- Expanding Opportunities for Hunters  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
CT Waterfowl Association Launches Mentoring Program  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
WSFR Past, Present, and Future  Connecticut Wildlife (PDF)
Waterfowl Hunter Water Survival Tips  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 April 21, 2017.