DEEP: Discover Outdoor CT

Discover Outdoor Connecticut

Join the Force for the Resource
This FREE event is sponsored by the DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources
Saturday, September 22, 2018
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Franklin Swamp Wildlife Management Area, 391 Route 32, North Franklin (directions) Parking will be on-site.
This fun-filled event explores Connecticut's fish and wildlife resources and legacy of outdoor traditions, with live animals, demonstrations, archery, fish casting, fly tying, shooting clays, kid's activities, outdoor skills, a photo contest, and more. Bring a picnic lunch and stay for a few hours or the whole day!
SAVE THE DATE and check back often to see the list of activities planned for this family-friendly, free event to discover outdoor activities in Connecticut.
Activities (more will be added)
{Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy}
Live 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 features Christine Peyreigne, the youngest falconer in Connecticut, with a red-tailed hawk, barred owl, American kestrel, and a Cooper's hawk.
Outdoor Skills Clinics by L.L. Bean 
Representatives from L.L. Bean will provide clinics on hiking, backpacking, knot tying, water filtration, and kayaking. {Christine}
Field Dog Demonstrations:
See various breeds of hunting dogs and watch them in action. Jennifer Broome from Quinebaug Kennels (located in Canterbury, CT) will be giving bird dog demonstrations throughout the day.
Outdoor Connecticut Photo Contest:
Stay tuned for details and how to enter your favorite Outdoor Connecticut photos!
Food will not be available for sale during the event, but you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. Tables will be provided.
All Day Activities for All Ages
  • {Backyard fishing activity} 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.
  • Shooting Clays: Volunteer instructors from Connecticut's Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Program will guide you through safe firearms handling and shooting at clay targets. 
  • Hunting and Fishing Tips: Visit with experts who will give you some great tips on hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. {TIP Trailer}
  • WHAMM Program: Wetland Habitat and Mosquito Management marsh restoration equipment.
  • Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education Trailer: Explore the 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.
  • Moose & Turkey Calling Demonstration: Practice calling and test your skills.
  • Fish Fry and Venison Cooking Samples {Shooting a dart gun}
  • Dart Gun Range
  • Outdoor Skills: Learn about various skills for enjoying the outdoors.
Just for Kids
  • Wildlife and Nature Craft Activities
  • Face Painting
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Wildlife quiz
  • Live animals
  • And, much more!
{archery} {Hunting Dog} {Barn Owl}
Who Will Be There (more will be added)
  • Christine's Critters
  • Connecticut Falconers Association
  • CT Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Instructors
  • CT Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Instructors
  • CT DEEP - EnCon Police
  • CT DEEP - Forestry
  • CT DEEP - Inland Fisheries
  • CT DEEP - Marine Fisheries
  • CT DEEP - Wildlife
  • Delta Waterfowl
  • Kayak Fishing Country
  • K9 Search and Rescue  
  • Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
  • L.L. Bean
  • Quinebaug Kennels (Jennifer Broome)
  • South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
{Kid} {Hunting Dogs} {Tying flies}
Why We Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day
Discover Outdoor Connecticut
Day is being held on National Hunting and Fishing Day. 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.
Each new hunter and angler created helps fund conservation. Every time someone buys firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, motorboat fuel, or fishing tackle, they contribute to habitat conservation and science-based wildlife management through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program.
Visit the National Hunting and Fishing Day website to learn the history of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
Content last updated on June 13, 2018.