DEEP: Tagging and Reporting Deer and Turkey Harvests

2014 Season Tagging and Reporting
Deer and Turkey Harvests

 
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  1. Immediately upon making your harvest, complete a Deer/Turkey Harvest Tag (pdf). The Harvest Tag must be kept with your deer or turkey until it is processed for consumption. While transporting your kill, you may keep the Harvest Tag in your pocket or wallet. However, if you leave the kill, the completed Harvest Tag must remain with the animal.

  2. Deer hunters are NO longer required to bring their deer to a check station. During the entire season, deer harvests must be reported via the Department's website or by calling 1-877-337-4868 within 24 hours.

  3. All turkeys and deer taken during other periods must be reported within 24 hours via the DEEP's website or by telephone at the toll-free number, 1-877-337-4868 (1-877-DEP-HUNT).

  4. If you report by telephone, you will need to know the 3-digit number code of the town in which the animal was harvested. A table in the Hunting and Trapping Guide lists Connecticutís 169 towns and their identifying number codes. The Town Number Code Table (pdf) is also available on the DEEP's website. If you harvested your deer or turkey on state land, you will also need to know the 3-digit number code of the public hunting area. Tables in the Hunting and Trapping Guide also list the 3-digit number codes for all of the public hunting areas. The Public Hunting Area Number Code Tables (pdf) are also available on the DEEP's website.

  5. After reporting via the internet or by telephone, you will be given a confirmation number to write on your Harvest Tag. This confirmation number will serve as proof that you have legally reported your harvest.

  6. At any time, you can log on to Connecticut's Online Hunter Harvest Reporting System to review the reports you have previously submitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I get copies of the Deer/Turkey Harvest Tags?

  2. Won't the paper Deer/Turkey Harvest Tags get easily lost or destroyed in the field?

  3. How do I know how many and what kind of deer or turkey I can harvest with my permit?

  4. What keeps an illegal hunter from copying and using as many harvest tags as they want?

  5. How do I report my deer and turkey harvests and get report confirmation numbers?

  6. What happens if I can't figure out how to report my harvest and get a confirmation number?

  7. I have a Landowner Permit. Do I also have to use the new tagging and reporting system?

  8. What does the 3-digit number town code mean?

  9. What does the 3-digit number public hunting area code mean?

  10. I hunt deer in Zones 11 and 12. How do I get my Replacement Antlerless and Earn-a-Buck Tags?

  11. How do I use and report on my Replacement Antlerless and Earn-a-Buck Tags?

1. Where can I get copies of the Deer/Turkey Harvest Tags?
Deer/Turkey Harvest Tags (pdf) are on the DEEP's website and in the Hunting and Trapping Guide. You may photocopy or print Harvest Tags as needed. Handwritten versions of these harvest tags may also be used. Handwritten versions must also be signed and include your Conservation ID Number, your name, date and time of kill, town of kill, and the type of permit and tag that you used.
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2. Won't the paper Deer/Turkey Harvest Tags get easily lost or destroyed in the field?
While transporting your game in the field, Deer/Turkey Harvest Tags do not have to be attached to the carcass. You can keep your completed tag in your pocket or wallet while transporting your game. However, if you leave the animal in the woods or at a vehicle, the Harvest Tag must remain with the animal. At these times, it is recommended that you place the Harvest Tag in a plastic bag and secure it to the animal.
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3. How do I know how many and what kind of deer or turkey I can harvest with my permit?
The bag limits for each permit type will print out on your license. The number and types of deer or turkey you can harvest with each  permit is also listed below and is printed in the annual Hunting and Trapping Guide.
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Deer Permits Bag Limits
Archery Permit Statewide: 2 Either Sex and 2 Antlerless
January - Zones 11, 12: 1 Either Sex and 1 Antlerless
Private Land Shotgun/Rifle Permit
Statewide (except Zone 4a):  1 Either Sex and 1 Antlerless
Zone 4a: 1 Either Sex
Zone 7: 1 Addional Antlerless
Zones 11, 12: 2 Additional Antlerless
State Land Lottery Permit 1 Either Sex
Lottery Controlled Hunt Permit - Area 51 1 Either Sex and 1 Antlerless
Lottery Controlled Hunt Permit - Area 52 1 Either Sex and 1 Antlerless
Lottery Controlled Hunt Permit - Area 53 1 Either Sex
Lottery Controlled Hunt Permit - Area 54 1 Either Sex
Lottery Controlled Hunt Permit - Area 56 2 Either Sex and 2 Antlerless
Lottery Controlled Hunt Permit - Area 58 2 Either Sex and 2 Antlerless
Lottery Controlled Hunt Permit - Area 59 2 Either Sex and 2 Antlerless
No-Lottery "A" Permit 1 Either Sex
No-Lottery "B" Permit 1 Either Sex
Private Land Muzzleloader Permit
Statewide (except Zone 4a):  1 Either Sex and 1 Antlerless
Zone 4a: 1 Either Sex
Zone 7: 1 Addional Antlerless
Zones 11, 12: 2 Additional Antlerless
State Land Muzzleloader Permit 1 Either Sex
Landowner Permit 1 Either Sex and 1 Antlerless
Turkey Permits Bag Limits
Spring Private Land Permit 3 Bearded Turkeys
Spring State Land Permit 2 Bearded Turkeys
Spring Landowner Permit 3 Bearded Turkeys
Private Land Fall Firearms Permit 2 Either Sex Turkeys
State Land Fall Firearms Permit 1 Either Sex Turkeys
Fall Firearms Landowner Permit 2 Either Sex Turkeys
Fall Archery Permit 2 Either Sex Turkeys
Fall Archery Landowner Permit 2 Either Sex Turkeys
4. What keeps illegal hunters from copying and using as many harvest tags as they want?
Within 24 hours of making a kill, a hunter must write a kill report confirmation number on their Harvest Tag. If a Harvest Tag does not contain a valid report confirmation number, the hunter is in violation of regulations and may be prosecuted. Environmental Conservation Police will be able to check the Hunter Reporting database to see if a hunter has properly reported their harvest and how many animals were harvested under each permit. The Department knows that the vast majority of our sportsmen are honest and ethical. There are of course always some individuals who may try to abuse the system. If this abuse is discovered, these individuals will be charged with a violation.
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5. How do I report my deer and turkey harvests and get report confirmation numbers?
You can report your harvest on the Departmentís website or by calling the toll free number 1-877-337-4868. After reporting your harvest, you will be given a confirmation number to write on your Harvest Tag. This confirmation number serves as proof that you have legally reported your kill. You may find that submitting reports on the Departmentís website is much easier than using the telephone reporting system. The telephone reporting system uses an automated attendant that prompts you to answer a series of questions by pressing the appropriate numbered responses. On the website, you answer questions by using convenient drop-down menus. Other advantages of using the website to report, are that you can review reports that you have previously submitted and print out copies of these reports for your records. (Submit a Harvest Report Online)
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6. What happens if I can't figure out how to report my harvest and get a confirmation number?
If you have trouble using the online or telephone reporting system, try again at a later time. If you still can not successfully submit a report, call 860-642-7239 or 860-675-8130  for assistance Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
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7. I have a Landowner Permit. Do I also have to use the new tagging and reporting system?
Yes. All kills using a Landowner Permit must use the new tagging and reporting system.
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8. What does the 3-digit number town code mean?
To report your harvest, you will need to enter a 3-digit number that represents the town where you made the kill. A table listing the 3-digit number code for each town is in the Hunting and Trapping Guide and is also available on the department's website. Town Number Code Table (pdf)
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9. What does the 3-digit public hunting area code mean?
If you made your harvest on state land, you will need to enter a 3-digit number that represents the public hunting area where you made the kill. Tables listing the 3-digit number code for each public hunting area are in the Hunting and Trapping Guide and are also available on the department's website. Public Hunting Area Number Code Tables (pdf)
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10. I hunt deer in Zones 11 and 12. How do I get my Replacement Antlerless and Earn-a-Buck Tags?
Immediately upon making your harvest of an antlerless deer, complete a Deer/Turkey Harvest Tag (pdf). Then, report your harvest online or by telephone at the toll-free number, 1-877-337-4868 (1-877-DEP-HUNT). Write the report confirmation number on your Harvest Tag and then bring your antlerless deer and properly completed tag to one of the participating Replacement Tag Check Stations. The check station operator may reissue you a replacement tag only after these steps have been completed. 
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11. How do I use and report on my Replacement Antlerless and Earn-a-Buck Tags?
Immediately upon making your kill, punch out and remove the circles on the tag which indicate the month and the day. Then, report your harvest online or by telephone at the toll-free number, 1-877-337-4868 (1-877-DEP-HUNT). Write the report confirmation number on your tag. If you used a replacement antlerless tag and want another tag, bring your antlerless deer, tag, and report confirmation number to one of the participating Replacement Tag Check Stations
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