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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 www.ct.gov/deep/hunting 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 Hunting Area Codes or Wildlife Management Areas, State Forests & State Parks to locate the 3-digit number code for each public hunting area and also find out what may be legally hunted on these areas.

How do I report my deer and turkey kills and get a 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, 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 harvest reports online is easier than using the telephone reporting system. The telephone reporting system uses a live attendant that will ask you a series of questions to obtain harvest information. On the website, you answer questions by using convenient drop-down menus. Other advantages of using the website are that you can review reports you have previously submitted and print out copies of these reports.

Reporting by Telephone: Call 1-877-337-4868 (1-877-DEP-HUNT)
Reporting on the Internet: Go to www.ct.gov/deep/hunting and look for the link for reporting deer and turkey harvests.

Harvest Report Information

Before reporting your harvest, use this form to make sure you have all of the information you need to accurately report your harvest.

Number of Hours Hunted

Hours

Number of Deer Observed

Fawns Does Bucks

Conservation ID#

(5 or 6 digits on license)

4-Digit Year of

Your Birth

(e.g. 1960)

PERMIT TYPE/SEASON

(e.g. Archery Deer, Spring Turkey, etc.)

2-Digit Month of Kill

(01 to 12)

2-Digit Day of Kill

(01 to 31)

3-Digit Town Code

(see table on Town Reporting Codes)

3-Digit Public Hunting Area Code

if applicable

(see tables on Hunting Area Codes or Wildlife Management Areas, State Forests & State Parks)

Land Type

(Private or State)

Tag Type

(e.g. Antlerless, Either Sex, etc.)

TYPE OF HUNTING IMPLEMENT

(e.g. Rifle, Shotgun, Bow, etc.)

Age/Sex Description

See Turkey Age/Sex
Description Questions on next page.

Number of Points

(00 to 24) if applicable

Look Up and Watch Out! for Overhead Hazards

Several years of storms, drought, and insect infestations have severely damaged a significant number of Connecticut’s trees. A “hazard tree” has a structural defect that makes it likely to fail in whole or in part. Such a tree can fall without warning!

Follow these guidelines to manage risks associated with hazard trees:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid dense patches of dead or distressed trees.
  • Be particularly watchful when it is windy or when branches are covered with snow.
  • Look up while on trails.
  • Avoid parking, picnicking, camping, hiking, and hunting in areas where dead trees or dead limbs could fall.

Turkey Identification Guidelines

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

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

n/a

Breast feathers
black-tipped

Breast feathers
buff-tipped

n/a

n/a

Tail fan smooth in shape

Middle tail feathers longer
than others

What to Do When Approached By an Environmental Conservation Police Officer

Each year, Connecticut Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police Officers check thousands of hunters, anglers, boaters, and visitors at our state parks, wildlife management areas, and forests. A compliance check by an EnCon Police Officer is an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to have positive interactions with officers while enjoying all the outdoor recreation opportunities Connecticut has to offer. EnCon Police Officers can help explain laws and also provide information about outdoor opportunities and conditions in your area.

EnCon Police Officers are concerned with enforcement of Connecticut laws and regulations that are intended to keep people safe, protect personal property, and conserve the State’s natural resources. There are a few actions you can take to ensure your experience with an EnCon Officer is positive for both you and the officer.

The way hunters should handle their firearms when approached by a law enforcement officer differs from how they should handle them for safety purposes in other circumstances.

When Hunting:

EnCon Officers are concerned with firearms safety and compliance with hunting regulations when checking hunters. When approached by an officer, you are expected to follow all basic firearms handling rules.

  • Control the muzzle – keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  • Do not attempt to load or unload your firearm while being approached by an EnCon Officer.
  • Comply with all instructions directed to you by the EnCon Officer.

Connecticut’s EnCon Police Officers want each interaction with an outdoor enthusiast to be a pleasant experience. Please be polite and courteous. By promptly complying with all requests as directed by the officer, you can help ensure a safe, pleasant, and productive experience. Take advantage of the opportunity to ask the officer questions. EnCon Officers are an excellent source of information about Connecticut laws and regulations, and the surrounding area. They can assist in making your outdoor experience in Connecticut more enjoyable.