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Tagging & Reporting

Hunting Regulations Icon Connecticut Hunting

Tagging and Reporting Instructions

  1. Immediately upon making your kill, complete a Deer/Turkey Harvest Tag. The Harvest Tag must be kept with your deer or turkey until it is processed for consumption. While transporting your kill, you may keep the Harvest Tag in your pocket or wallet. However, if you leave the kill, the completed Harvest Tag must remain with the animal.
  2. All turkeys and deer taken must be reported within 24 hours via the internet at or by telephone at the toll-free number, 1-877-337-4868. To report your deer or turkey, you will need to know the 3-digit number code of the town in which the animal was killed. The table on Town Reporting Codes lists Connecticut’s 169 towns and their identifying numbers. If you killed your deer or turkey on state land, you will also need to know the 3-digit number code of the public hunting area. See the Public Hunting Area tables on pages 4043 to locate the 3-digit number code for each public hunting area and also find out what may be legally hunted on these areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I report my deer and turkey kills and get a kill report confirmation number?

You can report your kill on the Department’s website or by calling the toll free number 1-877-337-4868. After reporting your kill you will be given a confirmation number to write on your Harvest Tag. This confirmation number serves as proof that you have legally reported your kill. You may find that submitting kill reports on the Department’s website is much easier than using the telephone reporting system. The telephone reporting system uses an automated attendant that prompts you to answer a series of questions by pressing the appropriate numbered responses. On the website, you answer questions by using convenient drop-down menus. Other advantages of using the website to report your kill is that you can review reports that you have previously submitted and print out copies of these reports for your records.

Reporting Your Kills by Telephone

Call 1-877-337-4868 (1-877-DEP-HUNT) After a short delay, you will hear an introductory message and instructions on how to report by telephone. Hint: You can skip the introductory message by pressing 1 on your phone.

Reporting Your Kills on the Internet

Go to and look for the link for reporting deer and turkey kills.


Before going on the Internet or calling in to report your kill, you can use this form to make sure you have all of the information you will need to accurately report your kill.


This program allows hunters to donate their game to charitable food organizations. The meat must be processed and refrigerated. Whole deer may also be donated through participating processors.

For information on where you can donate, call one of the following Hunters for the Hungry contacts:

Bob Crook

Bob Jean

John Michelotti

Guy Rosato
New Milford

Warren Speh
North Stonington

Share your harvest with
those in need!

Turkey Identification Guidelines

Use the chart below to identify the age and sex of your turkey before calling the harvest line.

Fall Turkey

Spring Turkey

Adult Tom

Juvenile Tom or Jake

Adult Hen

Juvenile Hen

Unsure of Sex/Age

Adult Tom

Juvenile Tom or Jake

Bearded Hen

Unsure of Sex/Age

Beard longer than
6 inches

Beard shorter than
6 inches

Beard longer than
6 inches

Beard shorter than
6 inches

Spur longer than ½ inch

Spur shorter than ½ inch

Spur longer than ½ inch

Spur shorter than ½ inch

Outer two wing feathers pointed with no barring

Outer two wing feathers rounded with barring to the tip


Breast feathers

Breast feathers



Tail fan smooth in shape

Middle tail feathers longer
than others