DEEP: Hunting and Trapping

Hunting and Trapping

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Licenses and Permits: Online Sportsmen Licensing System
 
 

Hunting and Trapping Season Information

 
 
 
 
Field Notes/Current Notices
 
Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge (federal land): Hunting and fishing information for the Conte NWR, including a printable permission slip for hunters to print and carry with them when hunting on Refuge lands, can be found at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Silvio_O_Conte/visit/hunting.html. (This information is not included in the 2019 and 2020 CT Hunting and Trapping Guides.)

ATTENTION MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTERS: Waterfowl hunting will be temporarily closed through May 31, 2020, in the area of Calf Pasture Beach, Taylor Farm Park, and Veterans Park in Norwalk. This temporary closure shall apply from a distance 250 feet into Long Island Sound perpendicular to the shoreline, beginning at the easterly boundary of Taylor Farm Park and extending to the westerly boundary of Calf Pasture Beach, and include the Norwalk River from the Washington Street Bridge to a line extending from the westerly boundary of Calf Pasture Beach to the easterly terminus of Neptune Avenue.

Junior Pheasant Hunter Training Day Events: Special events for junior pheasant hunters will be held at various sportsmen's clubs throughout the state on Junior Pheasant Hunter Training Day (October 12, 2019) and additional dates in the fall. Graduates of the Conservation Education/Firearms Safety (CE/FS) Program between the ages of 12 and 15 years old and who possess a valid Junior Hunting License are eligible to apply for a "no charge" Mentored Hunt.

Daily Permits: Daily permits will no longer be required for waterfowl hunters hunting on or near NU-Kings Island Coop. Area. Please be respectful of other hunters and do not leave any litter on or near the island. Permits for East Windsor-Enfield Area are ONLY available online. (More about Daily Permits and Vendors for Permit-Required Areas)
 
Daily Permits at Sessions Woods: Online permits to use the waterfowl blind at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington will not be available for the 2019-early 2020 waterfowl hunting seasons because the boardwalk is currently closed for repairs until further notice. Wheelchair access will not be available until the repairs are completed.
 
Unsold Deer Lottery Permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting March 15, 2019. Unsold lottery permits can be purchased online or at select DEEP offices (79 Elm St, Hartford; Franklin WMA, North Franklin; Sessions Woods WMA, Burlington; Eastern District HQ, Marlborough; Marine HQ, Old Lyme; Western District HQ, Harwinton) until sold out or the season ends. All unsold lottery permits must be purchased at the end of the transaction. (Instructions for purchasing unsold lottery permitsPDF) Please note that Roraback WMA (Area 61) has been changed to a No-lottery Area and is no longer part of the deer lottery for the 2019 hunting season. This change is not reflected in the printed version of the 2019 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide.
 
WATERFOWL HUNTERS: The general duck season in the Atlantic Flyway is now being set based on the collective status of 4 species (wood duck, ring-necked duck, American green-winged teal, and common goldeneye). This is a vast departure from the way the general duck season has been set since 2000, which was based solely on the status of mallards breeding in the northeastern part of the Continent. This new approach has been in the works since 2012 and will result in a season setting process that better accounts for all duck populations and the status of waterfowl habitat in the Atlantic Flyway (more information).
 
The mallard has been one of the most abundant duck species in eastern North America for decades. In the past 20 years, however, eastern mallards have been on the decline. As a result of the long-term decline, the 2019-2020 mallard bag limit is being reduced from 4 per day to 2 per day. The 2018-2019 bag limit will remain at 4 mallards per day. Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) about changes to mallard hunting regulations in the Atlantic Flyway for 2019-2020. Brochure (PDF) explaining the changes in the Atlantic Flyway mallard bag limit.
 
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Content last updated on December 6, 2019.