DEEP: Field Notes

Field Notes and What's New

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The Wildlife Division is looking to expand hunting opportunities on private lands throughout the state, mostly focusing on Hartford, New Haven, and Fairfield Counties. Landowners who own farm or forested land can be paid up to $20 per acre annually if the land is made available for hunting by the public. Landowners will have the ability to choose which types of hunting are allowed on their lands; access will be controlled; and the landowner will be protected from liability. This is a unique opportunity to help promote wildlife population management, support the local economy, reduce wildlife conflicts, and get paid to do it! For more information, please contact DEEP Wildlife Division biologist Laurie Fortin at laurie.fortin@ct.gov or 860-424-3963.
Hunters Using Woodville Block of Wyantenock State Forest: Be aware of road closures and possible closure of the parking area off of Route 341 due to a timber harvest.
 
A new DEEP timber harvest was initiated in late August 2018 at the Woodville Block of Wyantenock State Forest, off of Route 341 in Warren. FOR SAFETY REASONS, THE ROAD SYSTEM IN THIS BLOCK OF FOREST WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE DURATION OF THIS OPERATION (approx. end of 2018). This includes the public parking area off of Route 341. Licensed hunters wishing to use the property during the fall hunting seasons can still hike in and hunt, and IF the parking area is NOT being used as a primary log landing/staging area for the logging, it may still be possible for hunters to park there. (Map showing timber harvest areas
 
The harvest totals 71 acres, and approximately half of the area will be clearcut for early successional habitat and forest regeneration that will heavily favor oak species. One objective is to create new habitat for New England cottontails and migratory birds that require early successional habitat, the most lacking vegetation stage in Connecticut. Selection cutting on the remaining acreage will begin to convert the area to uneven-aged management, with smaller canopy openings and many large trees left throughout the area. This portion was designed partly to meet the habitat needs of the cerulean warbler, a Connecticut species of special concern that has been known to occur in the Woodville Block, a rare documentation for interior forests in our state.
 
Private landowners create recreational opportunities by granting outdoor users access to their property. This access is a privilege, so please remember to take time every year to extend your appreciation to private landowners who offered you access for fishing, hunting, hiking, or wildlife watching opportunities on their properties. If you have been recreating on local land trust or other private non-profit conservation lands, be sure to include those groups on your thank you list as well. Following are some suggestions for hunters, anglers, and other outdoor users when thanking private property owners who allow access for outdoor recreation:
  • Express your appreciation thoughtfully and personally. If you are mentoring a new or junior hunter, angler, birder, or naturalist, include him or her in the process of thanking the landowner.
  • Consider providing the landowner with some of your fish or game harvest, or share images or a list of the wildlife you saw on their property.
  • Send a personal note or card thanking the landowner for the opportunity to use his or her land. Consider giving a small gift, such as a gift certificate, gift basket, or a subscription to Connecticut Wildlife magazine. In the case of a non-profit landowner, make a donation to their organization.
  • Offer to help with tasks around the property, or identify, clean up, and properly dispose of any illegal dumping that has occurred.
  • Document and report suspicious or illegal activities on the property to the DEEP Environmental Conservation Police at 1-800-842-HELP (24 hours, toll-free) or deep.EnConPolice@ct.gov.
 
 
Content last updated on August 30, 2018.