DEEP announces upcoming opening days for hunting season

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced the opening days of the upcoming fall firearms hunting seasons.

Peak hunting occurs during early morning and late afternoon, primarily during the period from mid-October through mid-December.

The fall firearms turkey season opened statewide on Saturday, Oct. 12 and continues through Oct. 31. The regular waterfowl season opens statewide on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Small game hunting season opens on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 a.m., for pheasant, bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse, chukar partridge, and cottontail rabbit. The statewide firearms deer hunting season begins on Wednesday, Nov. 20. A junior hunter training day for pheasants is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 on private land only. A junior hunter training day for waterfowl will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2. New regulations have expanded training days for junior deer hunters, who now have the opportunity to hunt for deer starting Saturday, Nov. 9, and extending through Saturday, Nov. 16.

The 2013 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide and the 2013-2014 Migratory Bird Hunting Guide, which contain additional information on laws, regulations, and season dates, can be obtained at town clerks’ and DEEP Wildlife Division offices, or found at: www.ct.gov/deep/hunting. Maps of state-owned hunting areas and most permit-required hunting areas can be found on the DEEP website.

New this year, DEEP will be offering daily permits for a select group of permit-required areas online. Please check the online Sportsmen Licensing website, www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing, for information.

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