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PERMIT-REQUIRED HUNTING AREAS

Access to Permit-Required Hunting Areas is regulated by agreement with private landowners, towns, state agencies, water companies, universities, non-profits, and cooperating sportsmen’s clubs. Most Permit-Required Hunting Areas are open to the public from the third Saturday in October through the last day of February for small game and waterfowl hunting by special permit and are subject to certain restrictions. Hunting during any other period requires landowner permission unless specifically noted in this guide as open. Access to some DEEP-owned lands is also regulated through a permit system. Hunting on these DEEP-owned areas requires a special permit from the third Saturday in October through the first Saturday in December, unless otherwise posted. Maps describing each Permit-Required Area are available from permit vendors and the DEEP website (www.ct.gov/deep/Hunting). All Permit-Required Hunting Areas are posted with yellow plastic signs designating the properties under agreement. Note: Some areas are only accessible with a permit issued directly from the entity that owns or manages the property.

Daily Permits and Mandatory Survey: Permittees are required to submit a hunter survey when using these areas. Hunter surveys are attached to the permit or are available online.

Vendors Issuance of Daily Permits: Vendors issuing daily permits are required by the Division to issue permits as follows:

  • Permits must be issued free-of-charge to any persons holding valid hunting licenses and who are not eligible for “season” permits.
  • Each permit is valid for one licensed sportsman (unless it is a goose field or waterfowl blind permit) for a specified time frame and location.
  • Issue daily permits on a first-come, first-served basis only. Issue the specified number of daily permits for any specific day. Once that number is reached, no more permits can be made available for that day.
  • Issue a separate permit for a licensed junior hunter. Junior hunters may hunt on Permit-Required areas when accompanied by a licensed person at least 18 years of age.
  • A person may obtain permits for himself and no more than one other person at any one time (Exception: An adult may obtain a permit for himself and two licensed junior hunters). Personal appearance is not required but a valid hunting license (or a photocopy of the license) of the person to whom the permit is to be issued must be presented.
  • The vendor retains the “Department Copy” stub of the permit. The remainder of the permit is to be given to the permittee.
  • Permits cannot be issued for a day more than two days (excluding Sunday) from the date of request (see Table). The only exception to this rule involves permits for “opening day.” Permits for the third Saturday in October, must be issued, if requested, beginning the prior Tuesday.

Date of Request Days for Which a Permit May Be Issued

Monday Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday

Tuesday Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday

Wednesday Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

Thursday Thursday, Friday, or Saturday

Friday Friday, Saturday, or Monday

Saturday Saturday, Monday, or Tuesday

Sunday Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

Online Issuance of Permits: Daily permits for some Permit-Required Hunting Areas can be obtained for free online. These permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one online permit can be obtained per selected hunting date.

Junior Access Permits: Season permits for junior hunters may be available for certain Permit-Required Hunting Areas. Check the DEEP’s website (www.ct.gov/deep/hunting) for further information and permit applications.

Firearms Restrictions: Rifles of any caliber or shotgun ammunition larger or heavier than #2 shot and hunting with any pistol or revolver of any caliber are prohibited on permit-required hunting areas, except by landowners, lineal descendants, and regular employees. Waterfowlers hunting from a boat, blind or stationary position may use up to and including BB size steel shot. Rifles, pistols or shotguns without regard to caliber or shot sizes may be used for legal hunting during the period from the last day in February to the third Saturday in October, only if written permission is obtained from the landowner. During firearms deer seasons, deer hunters with the proper permits and written landowner permission are also exempt from these firearms restrictions.

Respect landowners’ rights.

Visit Sessions Woods

341 Milford Street (Route 69), Burlington, CT
For more information, call 860-424-3011

Learn About Connecticut’s Wildlife

  • Exhibit Area
  • Self-guided hiking trails
  • Demonstrations of wildlife management techniques
  • Beaver marsh, observation tower, waterfall

Sportsmen helped pay for the DEEP Wildlife Division’s acquisition of the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area through Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act funds. The exhibits, trails and educational programs at Sessions Woods show citizens how to have a positive impact on Connecticut’s wildlife and other natural resources.

Permit-Required Area Permit Vendors – State-owned, State-leased, and State-managed Lands

Online permits are available through the DEEP’s sportsmen licensing site at: www.ct.gov/deep/SportsmenLicensing

WESTERN CONNECTICUT

  • Bristol Fish and Game­ Association­ (1,663 acres)
    Hunting closes the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

    • City True Value Hardware
      750 Farmington Avenue (Rte. 6)
      Bristol, CT: 860-582-7166
    • Online Permitting Available
  • Meriden Rod and Gun Club (1,364 acres)
    • Fishing Factory II
      1426 Meriden-Waterbury Road (Rte. 322)
      Southington, CT: 860-621-8145
    • Online Permitting Available
  • NU-Skiff Mountain Cooperative WMA (710 acres)
    • Backcountry Outfitters
      5 Bridge St.
      Kent, CT: 860-927-3377
    • Online Permitting Available
  • Pequonnock Valley (176 acres)
    Hunting on Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sat. only from Oct. 21 through the third Saturday in December.

    • Online Permitting Only
  • Quinnipiac River State Park (340 acres)
    Daily permits not required before third Saturday in October or after first Saturday in December.

    • Uncle B’s Bait & Tackle
      854 South Colony Rd.
      Wallingford, CT: 203-294-1180
    • Online Permitting Available
  • Sessions Woods WMA (771 acres)
    • Sessions Woods WMA
      341 Milford St. (Rte. 69)
      Burlington, CT: 860-424-3011
  • Seymour Fish and Game Club (195 acres)
    • Oxford Town Clerk (Mondays through Thursdays)
      46 Oxford Rd.
      Oxford, CT: 203-888-2543
    • Online Permitting Available
  • Stanley Works Cooperative WMA (1,100 acres)
    • Backcountry Outfitters
      5 Bridge St.
      Kent, CT: 860-927-3377
    • Northwest Lumber-Hardware
      26 Kent Rd.
      Cornwall Bridge, CT: 860-672-4000
    • Online Permitting Available
  • Suffield Sportsmen’s Association (1,164 acres)
    • Suffield Hardware
      114 Mountain Road (Rte. 168)
      Suffield, CT: 860-668-0268
    • Online Permitting Available
  • Trout Brook Valley (327 acres)
    • Greiser Store
      299 Center Rd. (Rte.136)
      Easton, CT: 203-268-9551
    • Online Permitting Available; however, a parking pass is also needed from the vendor.
  • Wallingford Town Owned Area (840 acres)
    Hunting on Mon., Wed. and Sat. only from Oct. 21, 2017 through
    Feb. 28, 2018.

    • Uncle B’s Bait & Tackle
      854 South Colony Rd.
      Wallingford, CT: 203-294-1180
    • Online Permitting Available

EASTERN CONNECTICUT

  • Bolton Area (238 acres)
    • Online Permitting Only
  • East Windsor-Enfield Area (1,530 acres)
    • Yankee Bait and Tackle
      88 Main St.
      Enfield, CT: 860-741-5994
    • Online Permitting Available
  • Hebron Area (454 acres)
    • Online Permitting Only
  • Higganum-Haddam Rod and Gun (33 acres)
    • Online Permitting Only
  • Lebanon Coop. Mgmt. Area (214 acres) Goose Field Permits
    • Franklin Swamp WMA
      391 Rte. 32
      North Franklin, CT: 860-418-5957
  • Lebanon Coop. Mgmt. Area Marsh Permits
    (Small game and waterfowl)

    • Online Permitting Only
  • Norwich Fish & Game (700 acres)
    • Online Permitting Only
  • NU-Kings Island Coop. Area (158 acres)
    Waterfowl hunting only; special restrictions apply.

    • Yankee Bait and Tackle
      88 Main St.
      Enfield, CT: 860-741-5994
  • NU-Maromas Coop. Area (1,400 acres)
    • Online Permitting Only
  • Stone’s Ranch Military Reservation (1,600 acres)
    • Online Permitting Only for deer and turkey hunters (Limited availability on weekdays only. Check the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting for specific dates.)
  • Woodstock Landowners (363 acres)
    • Woodstock Valley Country Store
      1484 Route 171
      Woodstock, CT: 860-974-1639
    • Online Permitting Available
  • Yale Forest (7,700 acres)
    Open for small game, waterfowl, and turkey hunting with a season permit. This area is not open for Junior Hunter Training Days.

    • JT’s Fly Shop
      664 Buckley Hwy.
      Union, CT: 860-684-1575

Hunting Opportunities for persons with disabilities

Connecticut laws provide special provisions for hunters with disabilities as do many programs administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Questions concerning special permits should be directed to the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011.

CGS Sec. 26-29b: provides a free hunting license to individuals who have permanently lost the use of a limb. Note, this law does not pertain to permits and stamps that have to be purchased to hunt some types of game.

CGS Sec. 26-74: allows a person to obtain a special permit to hunt legally from an all-terrain vehicle so long as they do not possess or shoot a loaded hunting implement while the vehicle is in motion. Note: 4-wheel drive trucks, vans, SUV’s, etc. are not considered all-terrain vehicles. Eligible persons must be paraplegic or suffer from the loss of or the loss of the use of both lower extremities and be unable to walk without the assistance of a brace, cane, crutch, prosthetic device, or be confined to a wheel chair. Application deadlines are February 15 and August 15.

State Land Access: Designated portions of state forests and wildlife management areas are accessible to disabled hunters with DEEP permits granted under CGS Sections 26-74 and 23-11 for use of all-terrain vehicles for hunting. Prior to access, approval by the unit/forest manager in charge of the specific area will be required.

Improved Access Hunting Areas

There are several public hunting areas throughout the state which have been made more accessible for physically disabled sportsmen. In the listing of public hunting areas, these areas are denoted by the universal handicapped symbol. A brochure detailing the hunting opportunities for sportsmen with disabilities may be obtained by contacting the American Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinators at the Wildlife Division’s Eastern District office (860-424-4144; 209 Hebron Rd., Marlborough, CT 06447) or Western District office (860-424-3032; P.O. Box 1550, Burlington, CT 06013).

STATE-LEASED HUNTING AREAS

Firearms Restrictions: Rifles of any caliber or shotgun ammunition larger or heavier than #2 shot and hunting with any pistol or revolver of any caliber are prohibited on state-leased hunting areas, except by landowners, lineal descendants, and regular employees. Waterfowlers hunting from a boat, blind or stationary position may use up to and including BB size steel shot. Rifles, pistols or shotguns without regard to caliber or shot sizes may be used for legal hunting during the period from the last day in February to the third Saturday in October, only with written permission from the landowner. During firearms deer seasons, deer hunters with the proper permits and written landowner permission are also exempt from these restrictions.

Deer and Turkey Hunting: Deer and turkey hunting on private state-leased lands requires valid private land permits and consent forms signed by the individual private landowner.

DOG TRAINING & FIELD TRIAL AREAS

Hunting is permitted on these areas when field trial events are not scheduled. During field trials these areas are closed to all other uses. Check the DEEP website, www.ct.gov/deep/hunting, for a listing of scheduled events.

Dog Training Areas

The following areas have been established as Dog Training Areas where hunting dogs may be trained with the use of live birds. Game birds may not be shot on these areas except during the open hunting season.

Only artificially propagated game birds (pheasants, chukar partridge, quail, ducks) and pigeons of either sex may be liberated. All birds liberated shall be full winged and capable of maintaining normal flight and shall be in a condition suitable to maintain themselves in the wild. No birds or animals are to be shot except during the open season; use of blank cartridges will be permitted.

  • Nod Brook Wildlife Management Area
  • Flaherty Field Trial Area
  • Pease Brook Wildlife Management Area

Field Trial Areas

The following areas have been established as state-regulated Field Trial Areas. Field trial clubs sanctioned by AKC, NAVHDA or CASDFTA may obtain permits to use these areas for field trials.

  • Nod Brook Wildlife Management Area
  • Flaherty Field Trial Area
  • Mansfield Field Trial Area (State-leased)
  • Sugarbrook Field Trial Area

Dates for state land and state-leased areas are scheduled in December of the preceding year. Any group wishing to use one of the above listed areas should contact Laurie Fortin at 860-424-3963 or laurie.fortin@ct.gov in the month of December.

Please Report Sightings of this Beetle

The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) has been discovered attacking trees in the United States. Tunneling by beetle larvae girdles tree stems and branches. Repeated attacks lead to dieback of the tree crown and, eventually, death of the tree. The ALB probably travelled to the United States inside solid wood packing material from China.

The ALB has one generation per year. Adult beetles are usually present from July to October, but can be found later in the fall if temperatures are warm. Adults usually stay on the trees from which they emerged or they may disperse short distances to a new host to feed and reproduce.

Adult beetles are ¾ to 1¼ inches long, with a shiny jet black body and mottled white spots on the back. The long antennae are 1½ to 2½ times the body length with distinctive black and white bands on each segment. The feet have a bluish tinge.

For more information regarding the
ALB, visit the DEEP Forestry Division’s website
at www.ct.gov/deep/forestry.

To report any suspected findings, contact:

Deputy State Entomologist Dr. Victoria Smith
(203) 974-8474 or

CT State Entomologist Dr. Kirby Stafford
(203) 974-8485

TREE STAND SAFETY RULES

Serious injury or death can occur to a hunter who improperly uses a tree stand for hunting. If you use a tree stand, follow these safety rules.

  • Always use a full-body safety harness or fall-restraint system.
  • Only use equipment that is in good condition.
  • Avoid hunting from heights greater than 15 feet.
  • Maintain a short tether between you and the tree.
  • Always use a haul line to raise and lower your hunting equipment.

Special Junior Hunting Events

The Connecticut DEEP Wildlife Division, along with volunteer instructors from the Conservation Education/Firearms Safety (CE/FS) Program and several Connecticut sportsmen’s clubs, dog clubs, and other organizations, held special junior pheasant hunter training day events in fall 2016. Some of the events allowed junior hunters to learn from and hunt with certified volunteer CE/FS instructors over well-trained bird dogs with their handlers. All of the events were a huge success, and thanks to the efforts of the mentors and well-trained hunting dogs with their handlers, junior hunters were able to harvest their first pheasant.

Look for more of these types of events for junior hunters in 2017. Check out the Junior Hunter webpage on the DEEP website (www.ct.gov/deep/JuniorHunter) to learn about special events and activities, see photos from events, and obtain more information for junior hunters.

THE HUNTER’S PLEDGE

Hunting provides unique challenges and rewards. However, the future of this great tradition depends on each hunter being responsible and ethical.

Therefore, as a hunter, I pledge to:

  • Show respect for the laws.
  • Show respect for other hunters.
  • Show respect toward landowners and always obtain permission to hunt on private land.
  • Show respect for non-hunters.
  • Show respect for the land and wildlife resources.
  • Familiarize myself with the areas where I plan to hunt and know the activities that occur there.
  • Wear at least 400 square inches of fluorescent orange when required for hunting.
  • Dress appropriately and be prepared for any sudden weather changes.
  • Call out “Hunter here!” loudly to make my location known if I see another hunter.
  • Take responsibility for my actions while hunting.

The following areas are open to public hunting. The key to the left specifies what type of hunting is permitted. Special stamps and permits are needed when hunting some species. Consult season descriptions for the species you are hunting. Some portions of these properties may be closed to hunting. Obey all postings. Maps for many of these areas are available on the DEEP website (www.ct.gov/deep/hunting; select “Public Hunting Areas” from the left menu). It is recommended that you check the Public Hunting Area Map on the DEEP website for the most current hunting area information as changes or updates may occur after this guide is printed.

Access: Public hunting areas marked by an asterisk (*) have notes at the end of this section. Important notes are highlighted in red.

Small Game

Waterfowl

Pheasants

Fall Archery Deer/Turkey

Spring and Fall Firearms Turkey

Muzzleloader Deer

Deer Lottery Area #

No-Lottery Shotgun Deer

Western Connecticut – Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield & New Haven Counties

● Hunting Permitted ▲ Designated Fall Deer/Turkey Bowhunting Only Area

 Archery ONLY ▲/● or /● Some Sections Open to Archery ONLY (see map)

AB No-Lottery A and B Seasons ❍ Daily/Season Permit Required

B No-Lottery B Season Only

F Fall Firearms Turkey Hunting ONLY ✱ Special Conditions Apply

(▲ and  areas are open for archery hunting during the shotgun and muzzleloader deer seasons)

Wildlife Management Areas, State Forests and State Parks

CODE

Town(s)

Acres

62

Aldo Leopold WMA

308

Southbury 553

AB

Algonquin State Forest

201

Colebrook 668

AB

American Legion State Forest

202

Barkhamsted 1,037

Barber Pond WMA

203

Bloomfield,Windsor 72

Bennett’s Pond State Park

309

Ridgefield 460

▲/●

27A

B

Camp Columbia State Forest (Includes Deer Bowhunting Only areas – see map)

207

Morris 600

Cedar Swamp WMA

208

New Hartford, Torrington 278

56

Centennial Watershed State Forest

310

Easton, Weston, 3,478

AB

Centennial Watershed State Forest (Canaan Block)

209

Canaan 146

Centennial Watershed State Forest – Monroe Parcel (Garder Rd.)

311

Monroe 93

Centennial Watershed State Forest – Monroe Parcel (Hattertown Rd.)

310

Monroe 34

Centennial Watershed State Forest (formerly Bpt. Hydr.) – Shelton Parcel

311

Shelton 178

Charles E. Wheeler WMA

312

Stratford, Milford, Orange 625

Collis P. Huntington State Park

313

Bethel, Newtown, Redding 1,040

East River Marsh WMA

314

Guilford 147

East Swamp WMA

315

Bethel 85

East Twin Lakes Water Access Area

211

Salisbury 98

Enders State Forest (Worthen Parcel ONLY)

332

Granby 352

Flaherty Field Trial Area Closed during field trials -Dog Training Area

212

East Windsor 512

George C. Waldo State Park

316

Southbury 150

AB

Goshen WMA

213

Goshen 967

Great Harbor WMA

317

Guilford 176

Housatonic River WMA

215

Kent 556

AB

Housatonic State Forest

216

Sharon, etc. 11,284

John A. Minetto State Park

217

Torrington 576

AB

Mattatuck State Forest

219

Watertown 4,673

Mohawk State Forest – Clark Pond Tract – ARCHERY ONLY

341

Cornwall 120

63

Mohawk State Forest – Ziegler/Johnson Tract

342

Goshen 329

Mount Riga State Park

222

Salisbury 315

AB

Nassahegon State Forest

223

Burlington 1,140

AB

Naugatuck State Forest

319

Oxford, Beacon Falls, etc. 4,503

Naugatuck State Forest (Great Hill Block)

320

Seymour 238

▲/●

28

Naugatuck State Forest*(Quillinan Reservoir Block) (Includes Deer Bowhunting Only areas)

321

Ansonia, Seymour 597

AB

Nepaug State Forest

224

New Hartford 1,367

Newgate WMA

225

East Granby 451

Nod Brook Management Area Closed during field trials -Dog Training Area

226

Avon, Simsbury 137

AB

Paugnut State Forest

229

Torrington 1,701

▲/●

AB

Paugussett State Forest (Includes Deer Bowhunting Only areas – see map)

322

Newtown 2,010

AB

Peoples State Forest

230

Barkhamsted 3,108

AB

Pootatuck State Forest

324

New Fairfield 1,103

Quinnipiac River Marsh WMA

325

North Haven 563

AB

Robbins Swamp WMA

231

Canaan 1,569

61

Roraback WMA

232

Harwinton 1,975

Simsbury WMA

234

Simsbury 365

Suffield WMA

236

Suffield 195

Sunnybrook State Park (west of Newfield Rd.)

237

Torrington 444

AB

Topsmead State Forest (north and west of Rte. 118)

239

Litchfield 179

AB

Tunxis State Forest

240

Hartland, etc. 10,162

F

Wooster Mountain State Park (Fall firearms turkey hunting only)

328

Danbury 444

AB

Wyantenock State Forest

243

Cornwall, etc. 4,083

State-Leased, Flood Control and Other Public Access Areas

CODE

Town(s)

Acres

Black Rock Lake (state and federally owned)* Closed March 30–3rd Sat. Oct.

204

Thomaston, Watertown 400

Bloomfield Flood Control Area (Site 1)

205

Bloomfield 325

52

Bristol Water Company

329

Bristol 4,319

F

CT Light & Power (borders Newgate WMA)

210

East Granby 180

/●

/●

/●

Great Swamp Flood Control Area (Incl. Bowhunting Only areas – see map)

318

Ridgefield 341

AB

Hancock Brook Lake (federally owned)*

214

Plymouth 707

Mad River Dam Flood Control Area

218

Winchester 463

64A

MDC Barkhamsted Reservoir – Barkhamsted East Block

343

Barkhamsted 2,856

65B

MDC Barkhamsted Reservoir – Hartland East Block

344

Hartland 1,426

AB

MDC – Colebrook Reservoir/Hogback Dam

220

Colebrook, Hartland, etc. 4,459

MDC – Greenwoods Pond

221

New Hartford 400

58

MDC Nepaug Reservoir – Valentine Block

330

New Hartford 1,057

59

MDC Nepaug Reservoir – Pine Hill Block

331

New Hartford 431

66

MDC Nepaug Reservoir – Sweetheart Mt. Block – Archery Only

345

Barkhamsted 345

Northfield Brook Lake (federally owned)

227

Thomaston 201

Sucker Brook Flood Control Area

235

Winchester 152

F

Thomaston Dam (federally owned)*

238

Thomaston, Harwinton, etc. 850

Whiting River Flood Control Area

241

North Canaan 49

Wood Creek Flood Control Area

242

Norfolk 111

Permit-Required Areas (Daily Permit required to hunt ❍ Seasons)

CODE

Town(s)

Acres

Bloomfield FC (Site 2)* 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb. – Town Permit

206

Bloomfield 300

Bristol Fish and Game 3rd Sat in Oct–Sat After Thanksgiving

4

Harwinton, Plymouth 1,663

Centennial Watershed State Forest* Permit required from Aquarion

310

Easton, Weston, etc. 4,089

East Windsor – Enfield Area 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

6

East Windsor, Enfield 1,176

Meriden Rod & Gun Club 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

14

Meriden, Cheshire 1,364

NU – Kings Island Coop WMA*

262

Enfield, Suffield 174

54A

B

NU-Skiff Mtn. Coop WMA 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

228

Sharon 724

Pequonnock Valley – Only open M/W/F/Sat from 3rd Sat. in Oct.–Sat before Christmas

323

Trumbull 162

Quinnipiac River State Park 3rd Sat in Oct. – 1st Sat. in Dec.

326

North Haven 323

Scantic River State Park* 3rd Sat in Oct. – 1st Sat. in Dec. (E. Windsor/Enfield)

268

East Windsor, etc. 589

Sessions Woods WMA ▲ – Permits avail. on site M–F 8:30–4:00

233

Burlington 771

Seymour Fish & Game Club 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

19

Oxford 94

Stanley Works Coop WMA 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

27

Kent, Cornwall 1,100

Stewart B. McKinney NWR – Great Meadows Marsh* Federal permit required Stratford 165

Suffield Sportsmen’s Assoc. 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

22

Suffield, East Granby 659

26

Trout Brook Valley State Park – Parking pass required

327

Easton 300

Wallingford Town Owned Area Only open M/W/Sat – 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

24

Wallingford 822
Black Rock Lake: Portions of area open to hunting through cooperation of the Army Corps of Engineers. Firearms hunting limited to shotgun ammunition only. Firearms hunting prohibited between March 30 and the third Saturday in October. Target or trap shooting prohibited.

Bloomfield Flood Control Area Site 2: Site 2 is leased to the town of Bloomfield and a special permit from the town clerk is required to hunt small game under special restrictions. Only open from the third Saturday in October until the end of February. Site 3 is no longer open to hunting.

Centennial Watershed State Forest: Easton, Weston, Monroe, Newtown, Trumbull. Portions open to deer bowhunting by special access permits only. Access permits available from the Aquarion Water Company’s Aspetuck Environmental Center, 714 Black Rock Road (Rte. 58), Easton. Consult the DEEP’s website (www.ct.gov/deep/hunting) for updated information.

Hancock Brook Lake: Open to hunting through cooperation of the Army Corps of Engineers. Firearms hunting limited to shotgun ammunition only. Target or trap shooting prohibited.

Naugatuck State Forest – Quillinan Reservoir Block: No access or parking from Deerfield Lane or Ansonia Nature Center property. Area west of Clinton Road has been designated as a Deer Bowhunting Only area. Closed to waterfowl hunting.

NU-Kings Island Coop WMA: Special restrictions apply. Waterfowl hunting only. Area may be closed before the end of the waterfowl season. Access at Parsons Road boat launch.

Scantic River State Park: Three parcels open to bowhunting for deer or turkey. Two of the three parcels open for small game, waterfowl, and spring turkey bowhunting (see area map). From the third Saturday in October through the first Saturday in December, a daily permit for the East Windsor/Enfield Permit-Required Area is required to hunt small game and waterfowl.

Stewart B. McKinney NWR: Permits are available by calling the Visitor Services Manager at 860-399-2513.

Thomaston Dam: Open to hunting through cooperation of the Army Corps of Engineers. Firearms hunting limited to shotgun ammunition only. Firearms hunting prohibited between March 30 and the third Saturday in October. Target or trap shooting prohibited.

The following areas are open to public hunting. The key to the left specifies what type of hunting is permitted. Special stamps and permits are needed when hunting some species. Consult season descriptions for the species you are hunting. Some portions of these properties may be closed to hunting. Obey all postings. Maps for many of these areas are available on the DEEP website (www.ct.gov/deep/hunting; select “Public Hunting Areas” from the left menu). It is recommended that you check the Public Hunting Area Map on the DEEP website for the most current hunting area information as changes or updates may occur after this guide is printed.

Access: Public hunting areas marked by an asterisk (*) have notes at the end of this section. Important notes are highlighted in red.

Small Game

Waterfowl

Pheasants

Fall Archery Deer/Turkey

Spring and Fall Firearms Turkey

Muzzleloader Deer

Deer Lottery Area #

No-Lottery Shotgun Deer

Eastern Connecticut – Middlesex, New London, Tolland & Windham Counties

● Hunting Permitted ▲ Designated Fall Deer/Turkey Bowhunting Only Area

 Archery ONLY ▲/● or /● Some Sections Open to Archery ONLY (see map)

AB No-Lottery A and B Seasons ❍ Daily/Season Permit Required

B No-Lottery B Season Only

S Spring Turkey Hunting ONLY ✱ Special Conditions Apply

(▲ and  areas are open for archery hunting during the shotgun and muzzleloader deer seasons)

Wildlife Management Areas, State Forests and State Parks

CODE

Town(s)

Acres

AB

Assekonk Swamp WMA

272

North Stonington 693

AB

Babcock Pond WMA – Waterfowl Hunting Blind

244

East Haddam, Colchester 1,500

AB

Barn Island WMA

273

Stonington 1,017

AB

Bartlett Brook WMA

274

Lebanon 684

Bear Hill WMA

275

Bozrah 357

S

Beaver Brook State Park (Spring turkey hunting only)

276

Windham 402

Bigelow Hollow State Park

277

Union, etc. 515

Bishops Swamp WMA

245

Andover 719

Black Pond WMA

337

Middlefield 94

▲/●

AB

Cockaponset State Forest (Incl. Deer Bowhunting Only areas – see map)

246

Haddam, etc. 17,186

Cromwell Meadows WMA

247

Cromwell, Middletown 504

Durham Meadows WMA

248

Durham 515

AB

Eightmile River WMA

249

East Haddam, Lyme 309

AB

Franklin Swamp WMA

278

North Franklin 684

Higganum Meadows WMA (off Clarkhurst Road)

251

Haddam 256

Higganum Reservoir

252

Haddam 147

Killingly Pond State Park

281

Killingly 174

AB

Kollar WMA

253

Tolland 896

AB

Larson Lot WMA

254

Colchester 240

Little River Fish and Wildlife Area

283

Hampton 49

Lord’s Cove WMA

284

Lyme 265

AB

Meadow Brook WMA

339

Colchester 269

Menunketesuck WMA Archery Only (Formerly Chapman’s Pond WMA)

338

Clinton, Westbrook 153

AB

Meshomasic State Forest

257

Portland, etc. 9,198

Messerschmidt Pond WMA

258

Deep River, Westbrook 439

AB

Millers Pond

259

Durham, Haddam 265

AB

Mohegan State Forest

285

Scotland, etc. 962
Mono Pond

260

Columbia 284

▲/●

AB

Natchaug State Forest (Includes Deer Bowhunting Only areas – see map)

286

Eastford, etc. 12,759

AB

Nathan Hale State Forest Mgmt. Area

261

Andover, Coventry 1,455

▲/●

AB

Nehantic State Forest (Includes Deer Bowhunting Only areas – see map)

287

East Lyme, etc. 4,222

AB

Nipmuck State Forest

288

Union, etc. 9,543

Nott Island WMA

289

Lyme 82

▲/●

AB

Nye Holman State Forest* (Includes Deer Bowhunting Only Area)

264

Tolland, etc. 786

▲/●

AB

Pachaug State Forest (Includes Deer Bowhunting Only areas -see map)

290

Voluntown, etc. 26,470

AB

Pease Brook WMA – Dog Training Area

291

Lebanon 313

Plum Bank WMA Old Saybrook 168

Pomeroy State Park

292

Lebanon 203

AB

Quaddick State Forest

293

Thompson 574

AB

Quinebaug River WMA

294

Canterbury, Plainfield 1,646

Quinebaug River WMA (Aspinook Pond)

295

Canterbury 27

Ragged Rock Creek WMA

265

Old Saybrook 202

Raymond Brook Marsh WMA

266

Hebron 199

AB

Red Cedar Lake (Camp Mooween)

296

Lebanon 577

Roger Tory Peterson Wildlife Area (formerly Great Island WMA)

279

Old Lyme 504

AB

Rose Hill WMA

297

Preston, Ledyard 691

Ross Marsh WMA

298

Killingly, Sterling 277

Ross Pond State Park

299

Killingly 314

Salmon River Cove and Haddam Neck WMA

267

East Haddam, Haddam 121

AB

Salmon River State Forest (including Holbrook Pond)

300

Colchester, etc. 6,980

Selden Neck State Park (Selden Island)

301

Lyme 562

AB

Shenipsit State Forest

269

Stafford, etc. 7,583

AB

James V. Spignesi WMA

302

Scotland 524

AB

Sugarbrook Field Trial Area Closed During Field Trials

303

Plainfield 200

AB

Talbot WMA

304

Scotland 504

60

Tankerhoosen WMA

334

Vernon 498

AB

Wangunk Meadows (off Rte. 17a)

270

Portland 637

AB

Wopowog WMA

271

East Hampton, Haddam 465

AB

Zemko Pond WMA

307

Salem 457

State-Leased, Flood Control and Other Public Access Areas

CODE

Town(s)

Acres

AB

Ellithorpe Flood Control Area

250

Stafford 411

Mansfield Hollow Lake (excluding State Park)

255

Mansfield, Chaplin, etc. 2,012

Mansfield State-Leased Field Trial Area Closed During Field Trials

256

Mansfield 236

AB

Silvio O. Conte NWR – Salmon River Division (federal land)

333

Haddam 285

AB

West Thompson Dam (federal land)

305

Thompson 1,095

Permit-Required Areas (Daily Permit required to hunt ❍ Seasons)

CODE

Town(s)

Acres

Bolton Area 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

2

Bolton 238

Harkness Memorial State Park* ▲ (Verkade Property) – Park permit required

280

Waterford 157

Hebron Area 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

11

Hebron 454

Higganum – Haddam Rod & Gun Club 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

9

Haddam 33

Lebanon Coop Mgmt. Area*

282

Lebanon, Colchester 214

Norwich Fish & Game Assoc. (South) 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

17

Norwich 700

53A

B

NU – Maromas Coop WMA 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

263

Middletown 1,585

Stone’s Ranch Military Reservation*

336

East Lyme 1,600

Woodstock 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

25

Woodstock 363

51A

Yale Forest (owned by Yale University)* Parking pass required

306

Eastford, Union, Ashford 7,700
Harkness Memorial State Park: A portion of the park north of Rte. 213 (former Verkade property) is designated as a Deer Bowhunting Only area. Special access permits are required. Inquire at Park Manager’s Office.

Lebanon Cooperative Management Area: Hunting only in area located south of Old Rte. 2 (Norwich Ave.). Area owned by the Dept. of Agriculture and leased for farming.

Nye Holman State Forest: Sections adjacent to field archery range in Tolland are closed to all firearms hunting and are designated Deer Bowhunting Only areas. Youth camping area is closed to all hunting.

Stone’s Ranch Military Reservation: 1,600 acres only open to deer and turkey hunting via a special daily access permit available online (information at www.ct.gov/deep/Hunting). Closed to hunting during specific days as determined by the State Military Department. Single access point only off of Stone’s Ranch Road.

Yale Forest Permit-Required Area: Area open from September 1 through February 28 for small game, waterfowl, and turkey hunting by seasonal access permit. Parking passes are also required. See vendor for details.