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Licenses and Permits: Online Sportsmen Licensing

Hunting & Trapping Season Information

2018 Hunting & Trapping Seasons

- 2018 Hunting & Trapping Guide - Deer Lottery
- Migratory Bird Hunting Guide
Tagging & Reporting Deer/Turkey
- Fed. Migratory Bird Hunting Regs (pdf)
Replacement Tag Deer Check Stations
- License and Permit Information
Deer/Turkey Harvest Tags (pdf)
- Online Permit-Required Area and Small Game Reporting
Private Land Consent Form
Trapping Season Information
Online Reporting of a Coyote/Fox Taken by Hunting
Junior Hunter Training Days
Bird Hunting Stamps
- Thank a Landowner - Pheasant Hunting
Outdoor Safety Tips
Daily Permits and Vendors for Permit-Required Areas
Field Trial Dates - Hunting Area Maps
- Shooting Ranges - Management Zone Map
Game Bird Harvest Tags (pdf)
Field Trials, Dog Training, Shooting Preserves
NEW! Tally of Archery Deer Season Results by Town
ATTENTION HUNTERS: Newly-acquired state land abutting Roraback Wildlife Management Area in Harwinton (72 acres off Swimming Hole Road and Whetstone Drive) is NOT OPEN for hunting during the 2018 season.
ATTENTION HUNTERS: Until further notice, access to Sucker Brook Flood Control Area in Winchester is temporarily closed/restricted due to emergency repairs. Hunting is allowed outside the construction area and access to the property for hunting purposes should be made from other points. The construction area will be marked with signs and also posted as "No Hunting/No Trespassing" until repairs are completed (approx. 8 months). 
ATTENTION regarding Sunday Archery Deer Hunting -- Due to a new public act and effective October 1, 2018, licensed archery deer hunters can hunt on private land only on Sundays in ALL Deer Management Zones (zone map). Wild turkeys CANNOT be taken on Sunday anywhere in the state.
ATTENTION: Due to a timber harvest in Wyantenock State Forest, the road system in the Woodville Block off of Route 341 in Warren will be closed to the public for the duration of the operation (anticipated to be by the end of 2018). The closure includes the public parking area off of Route 341. Licensed hunters wishing to use the property in the fall can still hike in and hunt, and if the parking area is NOT being used as a primary log landing/staging area for the logging, it may still be possible for hunters to park there. Any updates or changes to this situation will be posted here and on the CT Fish and Wildlife Facebook page. (Map showing timber harvest areas - PDF) (More details)
WATERFOWL HUNTERS: 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.
NEW! 2017 Connecticut Wild Turkey Program Report: A summary of wild turkey information, including harvest statistics, for the 2017 spring and fall hunting seasons. (PDF, 27 pages)
NEW! 2011-2015 Connecticut Wild Turkey Program Five-Year Report: A summary of wild turkey information, including harvest statistics, for the 2011-2015 spring and fall hunting seasons. (PDF, 22 pages)
NEW! 2017 Connecticut Deer Program Summary: A summary of white-tailed deer information for 2017, including changes in deer management regulations, harvest statistics, research activities, and population dynamics of Connecticut’s deer population. (PDF, 32 pages)
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)
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)
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: November 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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NEW! Discover Outdoor Connecticut Photo Contest: View the winning photographs for the first ever photo contest held by the DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources as part of Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day. 
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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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.
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.
Information on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHDV-6) in deer in Connecticut.
Fact sheet on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease from the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative.
Landowners who own a farm or forested land (particularly in Hartford, New Haven, and Fairfield Counties) can be paid up to $20 per acre annually if the land is available for hunting by the public. (Learn more)
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 or, or call 860-399-2513. An informational rack card on CWD (PDF) 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 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

Falconry - Information about the sport of falconry in Connecticut.

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Content last updated on November 14, 2018.