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Wildlife Management Areas, State Forests & State Parks

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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. Consult Hunting Laws & Regulations for firearms restrictions. 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 at www.ct.gov/deep/HuntingAreaMaps. 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 (see Public Hunting Areas)

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 1,198

AB

American Legion State Forest

202

Barkhamsted 1,185

Barber Pond WMA

203

Bloomfield, Windsor 70

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 268

56

Centennial Watershed State Forest

310

Easton, Weston 3,479

AB

Centennial Watershed State Forest (Canaan Block)

209

Canaan 164

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

310

Monroe 35

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

311

Shelton 102

Charles E. Wheeler WMA

312

Stratford, Milford, Orange 625

Collis P. Huntington State Park

313

Bethel, Newtown, Redding 1,031

East River Marsh WMA

314

Guilford 249

East Swamp WMA

315

Bethel 76

East Twin Lakes Water Access Area

211

Salisbury 99

Enders State Forest (Worthen Parcel ONLY)

332

Granby 352

George C. Waldo State Park

316

Southbury 149

AB

Goshen WMA

213

Goshen 965

Great Harbor WMA

317

Guilford 176

Housatonic River WMA

215

Kent 490

AB

Housatonic State Forest

216

Sharon, etc. 11,284

John A. Minetto State Park

217

Torrington 576

AB

Mattatuck State Forest

219

Watertown 4,491

Mohawk State Forest – Clark Pond Tract – ARCHERY ONLY

341

Cornwall 120

63

Mohawk State Forest – Ziegler/Johnson Tract

342

Goshen 302

Mount Riga State Park

222

Salisbury 301

AB

Nassahegon State Forest

223

Burlington 1,140

AB

Naugatuck State Forest

319

Oxford, Beacon Falls, etc. 4,175

Naugatuck State Forest (Great Hill Block)

320

Seymour 238

▲/●

28

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

321

Ansonia, Seymour 581

AB

Nepaug State Forest

224

New Hartford 1,364

Newgate WMA

225

East Granby 425

Nod Brook WMA Closed during field trials -Dog Training Area

226

Avon, Simsbury 125

AB

Paugnut State Forest

229

Torrington 1,701

▲/●

AB

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

322

Newtown 2,102

AB

Peoples State Forest

230

Barkhamsted 3,108

AB

Pootatuck State Forest

324

New Fairfield 1,032

Quinnipiac River Marsh WMA

325

North Haven 655

AB

Robbins Swamp WMA

231

Canaan 1,638

61

Roraback WMA

232

Harwinton 1,972

Simsbury WMA

234

Simsbury 373

Suffield WMA

236

Suffield 212

Sunnybrook State Park (west of Newfield Rd.)

237

Torrington 447

AB

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

239

Litchfield 193

AB

Tunxis State Forest

240

Hartland, etc. 10,242

F

Wooster Mountain State Park (Fall firearms turkey hunting only)

328

Danbury 444

AB

Wyantenock State Forest

243

Cornwall, etc. 4,118

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 285

52

Bristol Water Company

329

Bristol 4,319

F

CT Light & Power (borders Newgate WMA)

210

East Granby 207

/●

/●

/●

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

318

Ridgefield 383

AB

Hancock Brook Lake (federally owned)*

214

Plymouth 593

Mad River Dam Flood Control Area

218

Winchester 463

64A

MDC Barkhamsted Reservoir – East Block

343

Barkhamsted, Hartland 4,282

67A

MDC Barkhamsted Reservoir – West Block

346

Barkhamsted, Hartland 3,700

AB

MDC – Colebrook Reservoir/Hogback Dam

220

Colebrook, Hartland, etc. 4,516

MDC – Greenwoods Pond

221

New Hartford 198

58B

MDC Nepaug Reservoir – Valentine/Pine Hill Block

330

New Hartford 1,488

66

MDC Nepaug Reservoir – Sweetheart Mt. Block – Archery Only

345

Canton 500

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 183

Wood Creek Flood Control Area

242

Norfolk 107

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

CODE

Town(s)

Acres

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

206

Bloomfield 365

Bristol Fish and Game 3rd Sat. in Oct.–Sat. after Thanksgiving

4

Harwinton, Plymouth 1,397

Centennial Watershed State Forest* Permit required from Aquarion

310

Easton, Weston, etc. 4,333

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

311

Monroe 93

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 732

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 ▲

233

Burlington 771

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

19

Oxford 91

South Central CT Regional Water Authority* Archery deer hunting ONLY See below 4,327

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

27

Kent, Cornwall 1,464

Stewart B. McKinney NWR – Great Meadows Marsh* Federal permit required Stratford 173

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

22

Suffield, East Granby 659

26

Trout Brook Valley State Park – Call 860-424-3011 for gate combo.

327

Easton 300

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

24

Wallingford 823
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.

South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority: Bowhunting for deer only is allowed each year on 3,233 acres in North Branford, 154 acres in Seymour and Ansonia, 420 acres in Prospect, and 520 acres in Bethany. Details on how to apply are at https://www.rwater.com/conservation-stewardship/deer-and-water-quality.

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. Consult Hunting Laws & Regulations for firearms restrictions. 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 at www.ct.gov/deep/HuntingAreaMaps. 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 (see Public Hunting Areas)

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 699

AB

Babcock Pond WMA – Waterfowl Hunting Blind

244

East Haddam, Colchester 1,513

AB

Barn Island WMA

273

Stonington 1,039

AB

Bartlett Brook WMA

274

Lebanon 687

Bear Hill WMA

275

Bozrah 365

S

Beaver Brook State Park (Spring turkey hunting only)

276

Windham 304

Bigelow Hollow State Park

277

Union, etc. 513

Bishops Swamp WMA

245

Andover 709

Black Pond WMA

337

Middlefield 68

▲/●

AB

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

246

Haddam, etc. 16,456

Cromwell Meadows WMA

247

Cromwell, Middletown 548

Durham Meadows WMA

248

Durham 515

AB

Eightmile River WMA

249

East Haddam, Lyme 311

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

212

East Windsor 506

AB

Franklin Swamp WMA

278

North Franklin 728

Higganum Meadows WMA

251

Haddam 256

Higganum Reservoir

252

Haddam 131

Killingly Pond State Park

281

Killingly 174

AB

Kollar WMA

253

Tolland 896

AB

Larson Lot WMA

254

Colchester 206

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 164

AB

Meshomasic State Forest

257

Portland, etc. 9,384

Messerschmidt Pond WMA

258

Deep River, Westbrook 439

AB

Millers Pond

259

Durham, Haddam 265

AB

Mohegan State Forest

285

Scotland, etc. 937
Mono Pond

260

Columbia 290

▲/●

AB

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

286

Eastford, etc. 12,596

AB

Nathan Hale State Forest Mgmt. Area

261

Andover, Coventry 1,560

▲/●

AB

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

287

East Lyme, etc. 4,348

AB

Nipmuck State Forest

288

Union, etc. 9,546

Nott Island WMA

289

Lyme 80

▲/●

AB

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

264

Tolland, etc. 792

▲/●

AB

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

290

Voluntown, etc. 26,490

AB

Pease Brook WMA – Dog Training Area

291

Lebanon 213

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 1,410

Quinebaug River WMA (Aspinook Pond)

295

Canterbury 20

Ragged Rock Creek WMA

265

Old Saybrook 204

Raymond Brook Marsh WMA

266

Hebron 198

AB

Red Cedar Lake (Camp Mooween)

296

Lebanon 593

Roger Tory Peterson Wildlife Area (formerly Great Island WMA)

279

Old Lyme 625

AB

Rose Hill WMA

297

Preston, Ledyard 792

Ross Marsh WMA

298

Killingly, Sterling 285

Ross Pond State Park

299

Killingly 372

Salmon River Cove and Haddam Neck WMA

267

East Haddam, Haddam 122

AB

Salmon River State Forest (including Holbrook Pond)

300

Colchester, etc. 6,980

Selden Neck State Park (Selden Island)

301

Lyme 563

AB

Shenipsit State Forest

269

Stafford, etc. 7,170

AB

James V. Spignesi WMA

302

Scotland 520

AB

Sugarbrook Field Trial Area Closed During Field Trials

303

Plainfield 192

AB

Talbot WMA

304

Scotland 504

60

Tankerhoosen WMA

334

Vernon 449

AB

Wangunk Meadows (off Rte. 17a)

270

Portland 643

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 438

Mansfield Hollow Lake (excluding State Park)

255

Mansfield, Chaplin, etc. 2,017

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 264

AB

West Thompson Dam (federal land)

305

Thompson 1,272

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 154

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

11

Hebron 466

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

9

Haddam 33

Lebanon Coop Mgmt. Area*

282

Lebanon, Colchester 212

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

17

Norwich 569

53A

B

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

263

Middletown 1,618

Sprague Town Land PR Area Bird hunting and steel shot ONLY

20

Sprague 620

Woodstock 3rd Sat in Oct–End of Feb.

25

Woodstock 200

51A

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

306

Eastford, Union, Ashford 8,404
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.

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 (Public Hunting Areas). Harvest of coyotes and foxes prohibited.

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