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State of Connecticut Contacts

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Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Katie S. Dykes, Commissioner

79 Elm Street Hartford, CT 06106-5127
www.ct.gov/deep

Bureau of Natural Resources

Richard Jacobson, Chief

Wildlife Division

Jenny Dickson, Director

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact us at 860-418-5910 or deep.accommodations@ct.gov if you: have a disability and need a communication aid or service; have limited proficiency in English and may need information in another language; or if you wish to file an ADA or Title VI discrimination complaint.

This guide is intended to provide a summary of the most pertinent laws and regulations concerning hunting and trapping, and to provide information on these opportunities in Connecticut. No attempt has been made to employ the exact wording of laws and regulations, nor to provide their complete listing. For legal purposes the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies and the General Statutes of Connecticut must be consulted. A listing of the General Statutes of Connecticut can be found on the Connecticut General Assembly website at www.cga.ct.gov and information on state regulations is at https://eregulations.ct.gov.

Directory of Services

For additional information the following DEEP offices may be contacted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note that the DEEP – Licensing Permit Sales Office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Note that the Sales Office closes at noon before major holidays and may close early during periods of severe weather.

Wildlife Division 860-424-3011

Division of Env. Cons. Police 860-424-3012

Licensing and Revenue 860-424-3105

Fisheries Division (Inland) 860-424-FISH

Fisheries Division (Marine) 860-434-6043

State Parks Division 860-424-3200

Forestry Division 860-424-3630

DEEP Home Page www.ct.gov/deep

CT Fish and Wildlife Facebook Page www.Facebook.com/CTFishandWildlife

Field Services

Questions concerning hunting, trapping, fishing, boating, camping, recreational use of state lands, forestry, and law enforcement may be directed to one of the following field offices (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Eastern Area Headquarters 860-295-9523

Western Area Headquarters 860-485-0226

Office of Boating Safety (Old Lyme) 860-434-8638

Marine Patrol (Old Lyme) 860-434-9840

24 Hour Emergency Numbers

Report a Violation 1-800-842-4357

DEEP-Emergency Dispatch 860-424-3333

Connecticut Bird Hunting Stamps Are for the Birds!

The Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp is required to hunt pheasants, wild turkey, quail, partridges, and ruffed grouse. All revenue from the sale of Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamps is deposited into a non-lapsing, dedicated fund to provide a stable funding source for game birds and their habitat.

The Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp Program is a great example of how conservation works—concerned citizens paying into a program that was formed to protect and enhance vital habitat. All revenue from the sale of Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamps goes into a dedicated account that is used solely for wetland habitat management and acquisition or for improving hunter access. Over 3,145 acres of critical wetlands have been protected in Connecticut using stamp funds. These wetlands benefit not only waterfowl, but also a multitude of other wildlife species like herons, egrets, fish, and amphibians.

Migratory bird hunters are required to purchase a Connecticut stamp to participate in migratory bird hunting seasons. Other licensed hunters are encouraged to purchase a Connecticut Duck Stamp (even if they do not participate in the migratory bird hunting seasons) to show their support for the conservation and purchase of wetland habitats. Hunters can purchase stamps for $17 each wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold: participating town clerks, participating retail agents, DEEP License and Revenue (79 Elm Street in Hartford), and through the Online Sportsmen Licensing System (www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing).

Do your part for wetland conservation —
buy a Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp!