DEEP: Hunting and Trapping

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Wildlife Division Email: deep.wildlife@ct.gov

Licenses and Permits: Online Sportsmen Licensing

Hunting & Trapping Season Information

2018 Hunting & Trapping Seasons

- 2018 Hunting & Trapping Guide - Deer Lottery
- Migratory Bird Hunting Guide
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Tagging & Reporting Deer/Turkey
- Fed. Migratory Bird Hunting Regs (pdf)
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Replacement Tag Deer Check Stations
- License and Permit Information
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Deer/Turkey Harvest Tags (pdf)
- Online Permit-Required Area and Small Game Reporting
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Private Land Consent Form
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Trapping Season Information
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Online Reporting of a Coyote/Fox Taken by Hunting
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Junior Hunter Training Days
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Bird Hunting Stamps
- Thank a Landowner - Pheasant Hunting
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Outdoor Safety Tips
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Daily Permits and Vendors for Permit-Required Areas
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Field Trial Dates - Hunting Area Maps
- Shooting Ranges - Management Zone Map
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Game Bird Harvest Tags (pdf)
Field Trials, Dog Training, Shooting Preserves
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Archery Deer Hunting Access Permit on Designated Centennial Watershed State Forest Land
Archery hunting for deer will be permitted on approximately 4,390 acres of designated land located in the Centennial Watershed State Forest. Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut, CT DEEP, and The Nature Conservancy jointly manage these lands. The archery hunt, which is part of a deer management program, will take place from September 15 through December 31, 2018. Season framework will follow state regulations. An access permit is required to participate in this program. Access permits will be issued free-of-charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. In order to receive an access permit, you must have a valid 2018 Connecticut archery deer permit and submit a completed access permit application. The Aquarion Water Company will issue the access permits and related materials via U.S. mail.  Please complete the application form and send it, along with the required documents, to the Aquarion Water Company. Questions can be directed to the Aquarion Water Company’s Aspetuck Environmental Center at 203-445-7339 or via email to watershed@aquarionwater.com.
 
Unsold Deer Lottery Permits are currently available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Unsold lottery permits can be purchased online or at select DEEP offices 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)
 
NEW! The Glastonbury Public Shooting Range will be open for public use on weekends from April 7 through November 25, 2018. (Information on time slots and reservations)
 
NEW! WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS
Sign up to receive Wildlife Highlights, a free electronic newsletter for anyone interested in Connecticut's wildlife and the outdoors! View an archived copy of the most recent edition: July 2018.
 
NEW! 2018 Advanced Hunter Education: 2018 dates are now scheduled for the free Advanced Hunter Education seminars and clinics, which is offered by the CE/FS Program. Through these events, hunters will expand on the knowledge and skills of waterfowl hunting, hunter marksmanship, small game hunting, venison processing, and wild turkey hunting.
 
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SAVE THE DATE! Discover Outdoor Connecticut: Saturday, September 22, 2018. 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. Sponsored by the DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources. Stay tuned for more details.
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NEW! The Connecticut Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife. Our nation’s fish and wildlife are among its most valuable resources. Scientists estimate that one third of all U.S. wildlife species are already imperiled or are vulnerable. Urgent action is needed to protect wildlife. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the solution we need. Learn more about the proposed bipartisan legislation and how you can help support fish and wildlife conservation.
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NEW! Wild Turkey Brood Survey
Find out how you can help the DEEP Wildlife Division with the annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey between June 1 and August 31. 
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Wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter's depiction of buffleheads  flying over Barn Island Wildlife Management Area was selected as the winner of DEEP's 2018-2019 Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest. The image will be featured on the 2019 Connecticut Duck Stamp. View a slideshow of the artwork submitted for the contest held in 2018.
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Learn about Connecticut's top predator, how the Wildlife Division is studying our state's bobcat population, and how hunters and trappers can help. Please contact the Division if you find a detached bobcat collar (more details).
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CT NASP is an in-school program typically taught during physical education classes. The program is designed to teach International-style target archery skills with the help of a pre-written curriculum which meets or exceeds national physical education standards. Visit the CT NASP webpage for more information.
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Junior Hunting Webpage: Learn about Junior Hunter Training Days, special events, and more.
 
Tally of the Deer Hunting Season Results (archery, landowner, shotgun/rifle, and muzzleloader) 
 
Information on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHDV-6) in deer in Connecticut.
Fact sheet on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease from the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative.
 
2016 Connecticut Deer Program Summary: A summary of white-tailed deer information for 2016, including changes in deer management regulations, harvest statistics, research activities, and population dynamics of Connecticut’s deer population. (PDF, 32 pages)
 
2016 Connecticut Wild Turkey Program Report: A summary of wild turkey information, including harvest statistics, for the 2016 spring and fall hunting seasons. (PDF, 27 pages)
 
Landowners who own a farm or forested land (particularly in Hartford, New Haven, and Fairfield Counties) can be paid between $3 - $20 per acre annually if the land is available for hunting by the public. (Learn more) * This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number 69-3A75-16-504.
 
Avian Influenza Update: What You Need to Know

Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer: A presentation on chronic wasting disease has been developed, which is ideal for hunting and conservation clubs. If you would like a presenter to visit your club or organization, please email the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge at Nathan_Ingebretsen@fws.gov or Shaun_Roche@fws.gov, or call 860-399-2513. An informational rack card on CWD is available for printing and distribution.

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The DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources celebrated 150 Years of Natural Resource Conservation in Connecticut in 2016. We looked back at our history and also forward to the future of natural resources in our state. Check out our historical timeline Connecticut Bureau of Natural Resources Through the Years and see what it was like "Then and Now."
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Connecticut's Wildlife Action Plan
The final version of the 2015 Connecticut Wildlife Action Plan was approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in January 2016. This plan establishes both a state and national framework for proactively conserving our fish and wildlife, including their habitats, for the next 10 years.
Hunting and Connecticut's Gun Laws: Common questions and answers about how Connecticut's new gun laws may affect hunters.
Connecticut's Young Forest Habitat Initiative
The Wildlife Division, in cooperation with other partners, has initiated the Young Forest Habitat Initiative to help restore important habitats. Projects associated with this initiative include: 1) New England Cottontail Restoration; 2) Shrubland Bird Monitoring; and 3) American Woodcock Habitat Use and Survival.
Ruffed Grouse Research: To obtain distribution and harvest information, the Wildlife Division is asking the public for ruffed grouse sighting and grouse parts. Grouse sightings may consist of actual bird observations or drumming activity. Individuals are also asked to send in grouse wings and tails from hunter harvested or road-killed birds. These items are used to determine the age and sex of grouse, which will assist in assessing productivity and harvest composition. To report grouse sightings and/or donate grouse parts, please contact Michael Gregonis at michael.gregonis@ct.gov or 860-418-5957.
Frequently Asked Questions
Information about hunting, licensing, safety and education requirements for obtaining hunting and trapping licenses.
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Lead Bullet Fragments in Wild Game
There have been recent concerns about the potential risk of exposure to lead fragments in deer meat harvested with lead ammunition. These considerations have prompted the DEEP, in consultation with the Department of Public Health, to provide additional guidance for hunters and consumers of venison. (read more)

Tree Stand Safety
Improper use of tree stands is one of the most common causes for injuries and death to hunters in the field. For free online instruction on the proper use of tree stands and safety harnesses, go to www.hunterexam.com/treestandSafety.

Falconry - Information about the sport of falconry in Connecticut.

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Content last updated on July 11, 2018.