DEEP: Field Notes

Field Notes and What's New

The Wildlife Division recently received a $612,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program to expand the Permit-Required Hunting Program and increase private land hunting opportunities. Under this program, landowners who own farm or forested land can be paid between $3 - $20 per acre annually if the land is made available for hunting by the public.
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The Wildlife Division is looking to expand hunting opportunities on private lands in the following counties: Hartford, New Haven, and Fairfield. Landowners with at least 50 acres are eligible to enroll, though smaller properties may be considered.
This is a unique opportunity to help promote wildlife population management, support the local economy, reduce wildlife conflicts, and get paid to do it!
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.
For more information, please contact Wildlife Division biologist Laurie Fortin at or 860-424-3963.
* This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number 69-3A75-16-504. 
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
Content last updated on February 28, 2018.