DEEP: Hunting and Fishing Day

Connecticut Hunting & Fishing Day

Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
This FREE event is sponsored by the DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources.
Cabela's has graciously offered their grounds and parking area at 475 East Hartford Blvd. N., in East Hartford, for the event.
There will be plenty of FREE parking at Cabela's.
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The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Divisions of Wildlife, Fisheries, Forestry, Boating, and State Environmental Conservation Police will be present at the event.
Special Guests
Alex Wetherell
Alex, a native of Middletown, Connecticut, has been fishing his entire life. After winning the Junior Bassmaster World Championship when he was just 17, Alex then set his sights on becoming a professional bass fisherman. In 2015, Alex moved closer to that goal when he won the Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Eastern Divisional hosted on the Connecticut River at only 22. This qualified him for the B.A.S.S. National Championship in Louisiana. In 2016, Alex won the TBF State Championship, qualified for and won the TBF Semi-National, and qualified for the National Championship on Table Rock Lake in Missouri.
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"Del" DelMastro
Del started bowhunting small game animals, using a recurve bow, at the age of 15. He switched to a compound bow in the 1970s and continued hunting the woods of Connecticut. In the early 1990s, he became one of Connecticut’s first Pro-Staff sponsored bowhunters, and is currently a pro-staffer with Cabela’s. He has hunted internationally for various species of wildlife and is a senior member of the Pope and Young Club. Del is also Senior Archery instructor for the Wildlife Division's Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Program.
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Activities  (Stay Tuned -- activities are still being added)
  • Birds of Prey and Waterfowl: 

    The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy will be bringing ducks, hawks, and owls. There will also be a presentation of the birds (not in flight).

    Christine's Critters will be featuring Christine Peyreigne, the youngest falconer in Connecticut. She will be bringing a red-tailed hawk, barred owl, American kestrel, and a Cooper's hawk.  
Activities for all ages
  -All Day-
  • BB Gun Range: Target Shooting and Instruction  
  • Archery Shooting: Learn about bowhunting safety and how to effectively hone shooting skills.
  • Fly Tying: Practice your fly tying skills and then head over to practice casting.
  • Fly Casting: Instruction and skills challenge.  Practice your fly casting and explore different casting techniques.
  • Live Action Simulated Hunting Range
  • Field Dog Demonstrations: See various breeds of hunting dogs and watch them in action.  
  • Hunting and Fishing Tips: Visit with experts who will give you some great tips on hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.
  • Forest and Wildland Fire Safety
    Learn about fire safety and equipment.
  • WHAMM Program
    Wetland Habitat and Mosquito Management marsh restoration equipment.
  • CARE Trailer
    Explore CT fisheries education traveling exhibit and see live fish.
  • TIP Trailer
    View the CT law enforcement educational traveling exhibit and explore various wildlife artifacts.
  • Portable Saw Mill
    See how logs from harvested trees are milled.
  • Sportsmen and Conservation Organizations
  • Moose Calling
  • Dart Gun and Blow Pipe Ranges
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Activities for Kids - All Day
  • Wildlife and Nature Craft Activities
  • Build a bluebird box and a workshop kit with Home Depot of North Windham and West Hartford
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Wildlife Quiz
  • Live Animals
  • Backyard Fishing Game
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Who's Coming (Stay Tuned -- more participants will be added)
  • CT Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Instructors
  • CT Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation
  • CT Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Instructors
  • CT DEEP - Boating
  • CT DEEP - EnCon Police
  • CT DEEP - Forestry
  • CT DEEP - Inland Fisheries
  • CT DEEP - Marine Fisheries
  • CT DEEP - Support Services
  • CT DEEP - Wildlife
  • CT Falconer's Association
  • CT Fur Harvester’s Association  
  • CT Trappers Association
  • CT Waterfowlers Association/Duck Stamp Committee
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Dynamic Outdoor Concepts: Conquer the Call
  • Fishing Northeast
  • Flaherty Field Trial Association
  • Home Depot of North Windham
  • Home Depot of West Hartford
  • Kayak Fishing Country
  • Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
  • Lyman Hall High School Agricultural Science and Technology
  • Metropolitan Shooter’s Inc.
  • Putnam Fish and Game Club
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - Connecticut River Chapter
  • Shooting Sports Academy
  • Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
  • Snake Meadow Club
  • Sned's Taxidermy
  • South Central CT Regional Water Authority
  • The Hook and Arrow
  • Trout Unlimited, Farmington Valley Chapter
  • UCONN Forestry Extension
  • Unity College
  • Vern’s Flint and Steel
  • Wildedge, Inc.  
Why We Are Celebrating
Hunters and anglers have been at the forefront of the conservation movement for over 100 years. They showed their support by requesting taxes and special fees on hunting and fishing equipment to help pay for wildlife and fish management, habitat restoration, and other conservation programs through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program.
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Events and activities will be added as Hunting and Fishing Day approaches.
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Slideshow of photos from the 2016 Hunting and Fishing Days held at the Sessions Woods (Burlington) and Franklin Wildlife Management Areas.
Photos from past  Hunting & Fishing Appreciation Days
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Content last updated on July 13, 2017.