DEEP: Hunting and Trapping

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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
Trapping Season Information
Junior Hunter Training Days
NEW REGULATIONS (Effective July 1, 2016)
- Thank a Landowner - Pheasant Hunting NEW updates for 2017
Outdoor Safety Tips
Daily Permits and Vendors for Permit-Required Areas New updates for 2017 (PDF)
- Field Trial Dates - Hunting Area Maps
- Shooting Ranges - Management Zone Map
Game Bird Harvest Tags (pdf)
Field Trials, Dog Training, Shooting Preserves
ATTENTION PHEASANT HUNTERS (as of NOVEMBER 9): We will be making an effort to stock pheasants at Higganum Meadows WMA in Haddam for this weekend (Nov. 11) and next weekend (Nov. 18). Wet conditions prohibited the stocking of pheasants in the previous week. 
As of November 2, 2017, downed power lines and trees at Naugatuck State Forest Mount Sanford Block have been repaired/cleared. Pheasant stocking activities have resumed.
NEW! Daily Permits will be needed to hunt small game and pheasants on Saturdays from Oct. 21 - Nov. 18 at Cromwell Meadows WMA, Durham Meadows WMA, Housatonic River WMA, and Simsbury WMA, and from Oct. 21 - Nov. 11 at Nathan Hale State Forest, Naugatuck State Forest (Hunter's Mtn. Block), and Skiff Mountain WMA.
ATTENTION: Stone's Ranch Military Reservation in East Lyme WILL NOT be open in 2017 for deer and turkey hunting due to reduced resources at the facility. The military reservation may potentially be open to public hunting in fall 2018.
Glastonbury Public Shooting Range will be open from April 1, 2017 through November 26, 2017. (More details)
NEW! Information on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHDV-6) in deer in Connecticut.
Fact sheet on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease from the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative.
NEW! Tally of the Archery Deer Hunting Season Results
2017 Connecticut Hunting and Fishing Day: Thanks to all who supported and attended this special event to celebrate Connecticut's hunters and anglers.
NEW! 2016 Connecticut Deer Program Summary: A summary of white-tailed deer information for 2016, including changes in deer management regulations, harvest statistics, research activities, and population dynamics of Connecticut’s deer population. (PDF, 32 pages)
NEW! 2016 Connecticut Wild Turkey Program Report: A summary of wild turkey information, including harvest statistics, for the 2016 spring and fall hunting seasons. (PDF, 27 pages)
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) * This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number 69-3A75-16-504.
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: November 2017.
Learn about Connecticut's top predator, how the Wildlife Division is surveying our state's bobcat population, and how hunters and trappers can help!
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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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World renowned and Connecticut artist Chet Reneson's depiction of a pair of surf scoters  flying at the mouth of the Connecticut River with the Saybrook Jetty and Lighthouse in the background was selected as the winner of DEEP's 2017-2018 Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest. The image will be featured on the 2018 Connecticut Duck Stamp. Conservation Edition Prints are now available in a limited quantity. View a slideshow of the artwork submitted for the contest held in 2017.
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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.
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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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.
Connecticut's Young Forest Habitat Initiative
The Wildlife Division, in cooperation with other partners, has initiated the Young Forest Habitat Initiative to help restore important habitats. Projects associated with this initiative include: 1) New England Cottontail Restoration; 2) 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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Content last updated on November 13, 2017.