DEEP: Hunting and Trapping

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Hunting & Trapping Season Information

2018 Hunting & Trapping Seasons

- 2018 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
Private Land Consent Form
Trapping Season Information
Online Reporting of a Coyote/Fox Taken by Hunting
Junior Hunter Training Days
Bird Hunting Stamps
- Thank a Landowner - Pheasant Hunting
Outdoor Safety Tips
Daily Permits and Vendors for Permit-Required Areas
Field Trial Dates - Hunting Area Maps
- Shooting Ranges - Management Zone Map
Game Bird Harvest Tags (pdf)
Field Trials, Dog Training, Shooting Preserves
Unsold Deer Lottery Permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting March 15, 2018. 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)
NEW! Migratory Bird Hunting Season Regulations Meeting: Saturday, March 31, 2018; 2 PM - 4 PM at the Franklin Swamp Wildlife Management Area, 391 Route 32, in North Franklin. The meeting provides interested parties an opportunity to comment on the proposed hunting season regulations for the 2018-2019 migratory bird seasons. DEEP will present proposed regulations and take all public comments. Final hunting season dates will be formulated shortly after the comments are compiled and evaluated. Hunters are reminded that DEEP accepts comments on the migratory bird hunting regulations year round; however, this meeting serves to finalize the regulations and is held immediately after the federal frameworks are set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 
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Information on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHDV-6) in deer in Connecticut.
Fact sheet on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease from the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative.
NEW! 2018 Advanced Hunter Education: 2018 dates are now scheduled for the free Advanced Hunter Education seminars and clinics, which is offered by the CE/FS Program. Through these events, hunters will expand on the knowledge and skills of waterfowl hunting, hunter marksmanship, small game hunting, venison processing, and wild turkey hunting.
Tally of the Deer Hunting Season Results (archery, landowner, shotgun/rifle, and muzzleloader) 
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)
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.
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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Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp dollars deliver results for wildlife and habitat! Migratory bird hunters are required to purchase a Connecticut stamp for $17 to participate in migratory bird hunting seasons. Other licensed hunters and nonhunters are encouraged to purchase a Connecticut Duck Stamp to show their support for the conservation and acquisition of wetland habitats. Conservation Edition Prints of Connecticut artist Chet Reneson's depiction of a pair of surf scoters are now available in a limited quantity.
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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

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

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Content last updated on March 8, 2018.