DEEP: Hunting and Fishing Day


Connecticut Hunting and Fishing Day
Sponsored by the DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources

The 2017 Connecticut Hunting and Fishing Day was held on September 23 at a new venue: Cabela's in East Hartford. A large and enthusiastic crowd took advantage of a variety of free and fun fish, wildlife, and outdoor-related activities throughout the day! The event attracted over 1,000 individuals and lots of families from 95 Connecticut towns and even from New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
The DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources appreciates the participation of all of the groups, presenters, volunteers, and attendees at this event to celebrate the contributions of Connecticut's hunters and anglers. A special thank you is extended to Cabela's for providing their support, free parking, and several fantastic door prizes.
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Why We Celebrate
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.
Del DelMastro
ďDelĒ DelMastro started bowhunting small game animals, using a recurve bow, at the age of 15. He switched over to a compound bow in the 1970s and continued hunting the woods of Connecticut. In the early 1990s, Del became one of Connecticutís first pro-staff sponsored bowhunters, and is currently a pro-staffer with Cabelaís. He has hunted internationally for various species of wildlife, and is a senior member of the Pope and Young Club and Senior Archery instructor for the Connecticut Conservation/Education Firearms Safety Program.
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Alex Wetherell
Alex Wetherell, 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, he 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, qualifed for and won the TBF Semi-National, and qualifed for the National Championship on Table Rock Lake in Missouri.
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Live Birds of Prey and Waterfowl:
The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy brought ducks, hawks, and owls for a live presentation. Christine Peyreigne of Christine's Critters , the youngest falconer in Connecticut, brought a red-tailed hawk, barred owl, American kestrel, and Cooper's hawk.  
Backyard Fishing Game: Kids who caught a tagged fish won one of 160 Zebco fishing poles donated by Cabela's.
Field Dog Demonstrations: Jennifer Broome from Quinebaug Kennels (located in Canterbury, CT) gave bird dog demonstrations throughout the day.
Just for Kids Activities: Wildlife and nature crafts; build a bluebird nestbox; build a tool kit with Home Depot; paint a wooden duck; face painting; scavenger hunt; and so much more!
BB Gun Range
Archery Shooting
Fly Tying and Fly Casting
Live Action Simulated Hunting Range
Hunting and Fishing Tips
Wetland Habitat and Mosquito Mangement Program    
Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education Trailer
Portable Saw Mill
Moose Calling Demonstration and Competition
Live Music by Con Doty and Life Station Earth
Trapping Demonstration
Taxidermy and Decoy Carving Demonstrations
Sportsmen and Conservation Organizations
Dart Gun and Blow Pipe Ranges
Tip Trailer
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  • Adapt Outdoors, LLC
  • Boy Scouts of America Troop #29 (Waterford)
  • Boy Scouts of America Troop #1027 (Winsted)
  • Buck Gardner Game Calls
  • Casting for Recovery
  • Con Doty and Life Station Earth (live music)
  • CT Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Instructors
  • CT Canine Search and Rescue
  • CT Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation
  • CT Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Instructors
  • CT DEEP - EnCon Police
  • CT DEEP - Forestry
  • CT DEEP - Inland Fisheries
  • CT DEEP - Kellog Environmental Center, Project WILD
  • CT DEEP - Marine Fisheries
  • CT DEEP - Support Services
  • CT DEEP - Wildlife
  • CT Falconer's Association
  • CT Fly Fishermanís Association
  • CT Fur Harvesterís Association  
  • CT Nuisance Wildlife Control Operatorís Association
  • CT Trappers Association
  • CT Waterfowl Association/Duck Stamp Committee
  • Delta Waterfowl, Connecticut Chapter
  • Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Dynamic Outdoor Concepts: Conquer the Call
  • Fishing Northeast
  • Flaherty Field Trial Association
  • Groton Sportsmenís Club Grinders Youth Clay Shooting Team
  • Higganum-Haddam Sportsmen's Club
  • High Rock Junior Shooting Club
  • High Rock Shooting Association
  • Kayak Fishing Country
  • Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
  • Lyman Hall High School Agricultural
  • Science and Technology
  • Metacon Gun Club
  • Metropolitan Shooterís Inc.
  • Mossberg Firearms
  • Northwest CT Sportsmanís Council
  • Putnam Fish and Game Club
  • Quinebaug Kennels, Canterbury, CT (Jennifer Broome)
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - Connecticut River Chapter
  • Ruffed Grouse Society - Nutmeg Chapter
  • Shooting Sports Academy
  • Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
  • Snake Meadow Club
  • Sned's Taxidermy
  • South Central CT Regional Water Authority
  • Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge
  • Tanglefree Waterfowl
  • Thames Valley Trout Unlimited Chapter
  • The Home Depot of North Windham
  • The Home Depot of West Hartford
  •  The Hook and Arrow
  • Trophy Room Taxidermy
  • Trout Unlimited, Farmington Valley Chapter
  • Trout Unlimited, Northwest CT Chapter  
  • UCONN Forestry Extension
  • Unity College
  • Vernís Flint and Steel
  • Wild Edge, Inc.  
  • Ye Olde Newgate Coon Club
Special Thanks to Our Donors Who Support Hunting and Fishing Day
Connecticut Waterfowl Association Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Dynamic Outdoor Concepts
(Conquer the Call)
The Home Depot
Friends of Sessions Woods Wild Edge, Inc.
Mossberg Firearms Anderson's Family Farm
Smith & Wesson
{Cabela} {Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation logo} {Friends of Sessions Woods logo} {Image of Purina company logo.}   
{The Home Depot logo} {Smith and Wesson logo} {Mossberg Logo} {Connecticut Waterfowlers Association logo}
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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 October 26, 2017.