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Deer Lottery

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State Land & Controlled Hunt Lottery

Season Dates

  • Nov. 18 – Nov. 27Lottery “A” Season
  • Nov. 28 – Dec. 8Lottery “B” Season

Bag Limits 1 Either Sex on State Land Areas; variable on Controlled Hunt Areas

Hunting Hours ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.

License & Permits Firearms hunting license and a state land lottery permit or a controlled hunt area lottery permit. Only one of these permit types may be bought each year. Lottery permits for state land and controlled hunt areas may be applied for starting January 1st. Persons rejected for a Lottery Permit may obtain a State Land No-Lottery Permit.

Legal Firearms 12, 16, or 20 gauge breech loading shotgun loaded with single soft alloy projectile ammunition. Rifled or smoothbore barrels allowed. Shotgun must not be capable of holding more than 3 shells. Muzzleloading rifle or shotgun, .45 caliber minimum. Single projectile loaded from muzzle end. Telescopic sights and shotgun converters are permitted.

Special Conditions

DEER LOTTERY APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

A lottery is conducted to award a limited number of permits for deer hunting on certain state lands and Controlled Hunt areas. To hunt these areas you must apply for a deer lottery permit.

Starting January 1, lottery permit applications can be submitted online, or at select DEEP locations (79 Elm St, Hartford; Franklin WMA, North Franklin; Sessions Woods WMA, Burlington; Eastern District HQ, Marlborough; Marine HQ, Old Lyme; Western District HQ, Harwinton).

ADULT licensed firearms hunters over the age of 17 can apply individually or as a group. The maximum number of hunters in a group is four. Applicants may apply for up to six areas and can designate a preference for either the “A” or “B” season.

Upon submission of your application, you will know instantly whether you are successful. If successful, the permit for the area and season will automatically be added to your “shopping cart.” If you apply as a group, the associated permit will also be added to each group member’s “shopping cart.” The permit may be purchased at the time of selection or at a later date. Each group member is responsible for purchasing their own permit. All permits must be purchased by June 30. If a permit is not purchased by that date, it will be forfeited.

YOUTH licensed firearms hunters (12 through 17 years old) can only apply individually. All youths will apply by means of a separate lottery program called Youth Lottery Permits. Applicants can apply and receive their area of choice, unless quotas are filled. Youth permits are purchased at the end of the transaction. We recommend that the adult hunter participate in the lottery first before purchasing the Youth Lottery Permit. This will ensure that the youth and adult receive a permit for the same area. All sales are final and DEEP is unable to switch hunting areas or refund fees.

Select lottery permits not purchased by June 30 will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting July 15. Unsold lottery permits can be purchased online or at DEEP offices up until sold out or the season ends. All unsold lottery permits must be purchased at the end of the transaction.

For more information about deer lottery permits, check the Department’s website at

www.ct.gov/deep/DeerLottery

Lottery Questions: Email michael.gregonis@ct.gov or call the Deer Program at 860-424-3011.

lottery “a” Season areas

area

Location

Town(s)

quota

Acres

Area 7

Pootatuck SF

New Fairfield

53

1,103

Area 8

Paugussett SF

Newtown

97

1,947

Area 9

Naugatuck SF

Oxford, Beacon Falls*

207

4,154

Area 27

Camp Columbia SF

Morris

22

470

Area 51

Yale Forest^

Union*

230

7,700

Area 53

NU-Maromas (Co-op)

Middletown

70

1,400

Area 54

NU-Skiff Mt. (Co-op)

Sharon

35

710

*and adjacent town or towns

lottery “a” and “b” Season areas

Area

Location

Town(s)

quota

Acres

Area 26

Trout Brook Valley SP

Easton

15

330

Area 28

Naugatuck SF Quillinan Reservoir Block

Ansonia

25

511

Area 52

Bristol Water Co.^^

Harwinton

75

4,500

Area 56

Centennial Watershed SF^^

Easton, Weston*

170

3,450

Area 58

MDC Nepaug Resevoir
Valentine Block** ^

New Hartford*

53

1,075

Area 59

MDC Nepaug Resevoir Pine Hill Block** ^

New Hartford

16

325

Area 60

Tankerhoosen WMA

Vernon

20

449

Area 61

Roraback WMA

Harwinton

99

1,975

*and adjacent town or towns

**Special Requirements: To apply for Areas 58 and 59, hunters must be at least 18 years of age. Hunters selected for the MDC Nepaug Reservoir Areas 58 and 59 will be required to attend a mandatory pre-hunt meeting, pass a background check conducted by MDC, and sign a waiver of liability before receiving access for hunting.

^No access during Junior Hunter Training Days.

^No access during Junior Hunter Training Days except for junior hunters who have been awarded a permit for this area.

Check the DEEP’s website for the latest information about hunting, fishing and trapping in Connecticut. Our website also has information, fact sheets, and stories about all of Connecticut’s wildlife.

www.ct.gov/deep/hunting

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