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Licenses & Permits

Licenses and permits to hunt and trap in Connecticut are available online, at most town clerks, and at some sporting good stores and DEEP offices. Licenses are valid for a calendar year. To buy licenses online, or for a listing of places that sell licenses, go to: www.ct.gov/deep/hunting

Conservation ID#s: Everyone issued a license has been issued a unique Conservation ID# that should be used every time and every year when purchasing licenses and permits. If you log on to the Online Sportsmen Licensing system, or go to a vendor for your licenses, always use your Conservation ID# as a means of identification. You should write your Conservation ID# down and keep it in a safe place. Your Conservation ID# is your license number.

Hunter Education Requirements: No hunting or trapping licenses will be issued to any person unless proof is provided that they have held a RESIDENT license in the respective sport within the last 5 years OR the person has a certificate indicating successful completion of a Connecticut Conservation Education/Firearms Safety (CE/FS) course (or recognized equivalent) in the respective sport for which they are applying. “Apprentice” or “Mentored” hunting licenses issued in other states do not qualify. Courses are available during most months. To become certified in firearms or bowhunting, a person must be 10 years or older. All bowhunters must show proof when purchasing a small game/deer archery permit that they have completed the CE/FS bowhunting course (since 1982) or its equivalent from another state or country. Certifications from another state or country must specify Bowhunter Education. If you have previously purchased a 2002, or later, Connecticut bowhunting license you have already provided such proof. Obtain course listings by visiting the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting or calling the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011.

Age 65+ Annual Licenses: Firearms hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses are still issued free to residents who meet hunter education requirements. These licenses must be renewed annually.

Hunting by Minors: A person must be 12 years of age or older to hunt. Persons 12 through 15 years of age must be licensed and accompanied by a licensed hunter 18 years of age or older while hunting. A person may not supervise more than 2 minors at one time while hunting. Minors are entitled to their own bag limits. Junior license holders do not have to purchase a new license if they turn 16 years of age during the same calendar year.

Trapping by Minors: There is no minimum age requirement for trapping. Persons under age 16 must purchase a Junior Trapping License.

Free License for Hunters with Disabilities: A person who has permanently lost the use of a limb may be issued a hunting or trapping license free of charge (permits, tags not included). Non-residents are eligible for this free license if their state provides the same privilege to Connecticut residents. Verification of the disability, signed by a licensed physician, must be presented. See Public Hunting Areas for more information. These licenses are available at town clerk and select DEEP offices.

Armed Forces: Any active full-time member of the U.S. armed forces may purchase a Connecticut hunting, fishing or trapping license for the same fees as a resident. Proof of full-time membership during the calendar year must be carried while using the license. These licenses are only issued at DEEP or town clerk offices.

Lost License: At any time, you can log on to the Online Sportsmen Licensing system and reprint your license. You can also go to a licensing vendor or DEEP office to have your license reprinted.

Pheasant STAMPs, waterfowl Stamps & HIP Permits

Pheasant Stamps

  • Valid for Calendar Year
  • Fees: $28 Resident, $28 Non-Resident
    $14 for resident 16 & 17-year-olds

Current firearms hunting license or Small Game and Archery Deer Permit required. Tags are no longer required. When purchased, authorization for pheasant hunting will be printed on your license.

Connecticut Migratory Bird Hunting Authorization

  • Valid for Calendar Year
  • Fees: $13 Resident, $13 Non-Resident
    Junior hunters ages 12-15 are exempt
    $7 for resident 16 & 17-year-olds
  • The actual state stamp no longer needs to be signed or carried while hunting. If you want a copy of the actual stamp mailed to you, answer “yes” to the prompt when selecting the stamp for purchase. Physical stamps can also be purchased by mailing a request with the enclosed fee to DEEP Licensing & Revenue, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

Connecticut Harvest Information Program (HIP) Permit

  • Valid for Calendar Year
  • Fees: $4 Resident, $4 Non-Resident
    $2 for resident 16 & 17-year-olds

Federal Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp

  • Valid from July 1 through June 30
  • Fees: $25 Resident $25 Non-Resident

Available at most Post Offices. Also available by telephone and online. Go to www.fws.gov/
duckstamps
for more information. Stamp must be signed in ink across its face. Junior hunters ages 12–15 are exempt from purchasing a federal stamp.

FISHING/HUNTING GUIDE REGISTRATION

NEW! Anyone providing fishing and hunting guide services in Connecticut needs to register annually with DEEP. Guides can register online using DEEP’s Online Sportsmen Licensing System (www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing), in person at DEEP offices, or at other vendors where hunting and fishing licenses and permits are available. There is a $100.00 fee for this registration.

SNAPPING TURTLE TRAPPING ENDORSEMENT

  • Required when using traps to catch snapping turtles. Available for free online or at DEEP offices.
  • Season Dates: July 15 – September 30
  • Bag Limits: Daily 5, Possession 30, Season 30
  • Size Limit: Minimum 13″ shell length
  • Turtle eggs cannot be taken and turtle nests cannot be disturbed without DEEP authorization.
  • Legal Methods: Hand capture, dip net, turtle hook, floating or non-floating turtle trap, or hook and line.
  • A maximum of 3 turtle traps can be used per individual at any given time, traps must be set in such manner as to allow turtles to surface and breathe and be constructed of 1” minimum mesh size. All traps must have a functional escape hole with minimum diameter of 7.5” to allow passage of fish and smaller turtles. Box-type traps cannot exceed 4’x4’x4’ and hoop-style traps cannot exceed 84”. Traps must be tagged with a plate or tag visible above the water line bearing the Conservation ID# of the trapper. All traps may only be tended by the authorized trapper and must be checked at least once every 24 hours and emptied of catch. Any other wildlife captured must be immediately released at the point of capture.
  • Traps cannot be used on any body of water owned, leased or otherwise under control of the DEEP.
  • Using a hook and line to capture snapping turtles requires a fishing license.

Licenses

Resident

16 & 17 year-old resident

Non-Resident

Firearms Hunting

$19.00

$10.00

$91.00

Firearms Hunting & Inland Fishing

$38.00

$19.00

$110.00

Firearms Hunting & All Waters Fishing

$40.00

$20.00

$120.00

Firearms Hunting & Marine Waters Fishing

$25.00

$13.00

$94.00

Firearms Supersport1 (see below for included items)

$70.00

$35.00

Firearms Supersport with Muzzleloader2
(see below for included items)

$84.00

$42.00

Firearms Supersport Waterfowl3
(see below for included items)

$50.00

$25.00

Junior Firearms Hunting (Ages 12 to 15)

$11.00

$11.00

Age 65+ Annual Hunting License

Free

Archery Deer/Small Game

$41.00

$21.00

$135.00

Archery Deer/Small Game and All Waters Fishing

$65.00

$33.00

Archery Supersport4 (see below for included items)

$82.00

$41.00

Junior Archery Deer/Small Game (Ages 12 to 15)

$19.00

$19.00

Trapping

$34.00

$17.00

$250.00

Junior Trapping (Ages 15 and under)

$11.00

Age 65+ Annual Trapping License

Free

1 Firearms Supersport License: Includes Firearms Hunting, Private Land Deer Shotgun/Rifle, Private Land Spring Turkey, and All Waters Fishing.

2 Firearms Supersport with Muzzleloader License: Includes Firearms Hunting, Private Land Deer Shotgun/Rifle, Private Land Deer Muzzleloader, Private Land Spring Turkey, and All Waters Fishing.

3 Firearms Supersport Waterfowl License: Includes Firearms Hunting, CT Migratory Bird Hunting Authorization (CT Duck Stamp), CT HIP Permit, and All Waters Fishing.

4 Archery Supersport License: Includes Archery Deer/Small Game, Private Land Spring Turkey, and All Waters Fishing. With the Private Land Spring Turkey Permit, you can also use a shotgun if you have a firearms hunting license.

Firearms Deer Hunting Permits

  • A current firearms hunting license is required to purchase firearms deer permits.
  • Lottery permits can be applied for starting January 1. See Deer Lottery for details.
  • No one may purchase both a State Land Lottery Permit and a State Land No-Lottery Permit. If you are rejected for a lottery permit, you may still purchase a State Land No-Lottery Permit.
  • Permit fee for resident 16 & 17-year-olds is $10.

Deer PermitS

Resident

Non-Resident

Opening Day

Info

State Land Lottery (includes Controlled Hunt Areas)

“A” Season

$19.00

$68.00

Nov. 16

Deer Lottery

“B” Season

$19.00

$68.00

Nov. 26

Deer Lottery

State Land No-Lottery

“A” Season

$19.00

$68.00

Nov. 16

Deer Hunting Seasons

“B” Season

$19.00

$68.00

Nov. 26

Deer Hunting Seasons

Private Land Shotgun/Rifle

$19.00

$68.00

Nov. 16

Deer Hunting Seasons

Private Land Muzzleloader

$19.00

$68.00

Dec. 7

Deer Hunting Seasons

State Land Muzzleloader

$19.00

$68.00

Dec. 7

Deer Hunting Seasons

Revolver Deer Endorsement – Fee: $5

Allows persons hunting with a Free Landowner Permit or Connecticut residents hunting with a Private Land Shotgun/Rifle Permit to use a revolver rather than a rifle or a shotgun to hunt deer on private lands of at least 10 acres in size.

Fall Turkey Hunting Permits

  • A current firearms hunting license is required to purchase firearms turkey permits.
  • A current Small Game and Deer Archery Permit is required to purchase a Fall Archery
    Turkey Permit.
  • If you obtain a Landowner Fall Firearms Turkey Permit, you are not eligible to purchase a Private Land Fall Firearms Turkey Permit.
  • If you obtain a Landowner Fall Archery Turkey Permit, you are not eligible to purchase a Private Land Fall Archery Turkey Permit.
  • Permit fee for resident 16 & 17-year-olds is $10.

Fall Turkey PermitS

Resident

Non-Resident

Opening Day

Info

Firearms Private Land

$19.00

$19.00

Oct. 1

Turkey Hunting

Firearms State Land

$19.00

$19.00

Oct. 1

Turkey Hunting

Fall Archery

$19.00

$19.00

Sept. 15

Turkey Hunting

Spring Turkey Hunting Permits

  • A current firearms hunting license or a Small Game and Deer Archery Permit is required to purchase spring turkey permits.
  • If you obtain a Landowner Spring Turkey Permit, you are not eligible to purchase a Private Land Spring Turkey Permit.
  • Permit fee for resident 16 & 17-year-olds is $10.

Spring Turkey PermitS

Resident

Non-Resident

Opening Day

Info

Private Land

$19.00

$19.00

April 27

Turkey Hunting

State Land

$19.00

$19.00

April 27

Turkey Hunting

Landowner Hunting Permits (10 or more CONTIGUOUS acres required)

  • If you obtain a Landowner Spring Turkey Permit, you are not eligible to purchase a Private Land Spring Turkey Permit.
  • If you obtain a Landowner Fall Firearms Turkey Permit, you are not eligible to purchase a Private Land Fall Firearms Turkey Permit.
  • If you obtain a Landowner Fall Archery Turkey Permit, you are not eligible to purchase a Private Land Fall Archery Turkey Permit.

Landowner PermitS

Resident

Non-Resident

Opening Day

Info

Deer

Free

Free

Nov. 1

Deer Hunting Seasons

Fall Firearms Turkey

Free

Free

Oct. 1

Turkey Hunting

Fall Archery Turkey

Free

Free

Sept. 15

Turkey Hunting

Spring Turkey

Free

Free

April 27

Turkey Hunting

Fish and Game Enforcement in Connecticut

DEEP’s Division of Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police is responsible for the enforcement of the State’s wildlife and fisheries laws and to provide public safety and law enforcement services in Connecticut’s state parks and forests and on the State’s waterways. The men and women of the Division are dedicated officers that take pride in their mission that supports the protection and management of the State’s natural resources. In 2015, three of the Division’s K-9 units were trained in the detection of certain species of fish and game. The officers and their Labrador Retriever partners completed three weeks of fish detection training and two weeks of game detection training offered by the Connecticut State Police K-9 Unit. The training is the first of its kind within the New England State Police Administrator Compact (NESPAC.) No fish and game detection training curriculum existed within NESPAC until this training program.

“Fish and game detection canines have been used throughout the country to assist officers in combatting illegal fishing, hunting, and trapping,” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen. “It is a credit to our EnCon officers that were interested in working with their dogs to expand their abilities and usefulness to the agency. These canines and their handlers will be a valuable asset when it comes to protecting the State’s natural resources.”

The officers and their canine partners are Officer Holly Bernier and Saydee, Officer William Logiodice and Ruger, and Officer Karen Reilly and Hunter. They were originally certified in tracking and evidence recovery in June 2012. DEEP obtained the dogs from Connecticut Labrador Rescue Inc., in Haddam.

Through enforcement and education, the Environmental Conservation Police Division will continue to provide public safety and protect the State’s natural resources. We encourage the citizens of Connecticut to take an active role in this mission by reporting fish and game violations to our 24-hour toll-free line at 1-800-842-4357.

Thank you and good luck!

Colonel Kyle Overturf
Director – State Environmental Conservation Police

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