This page has Harvest Tags that deer and turkey hunters must use to identify their kills. Photocopies or handwritten versions of these Harvest Tags may also be used. Handwritten versions of these tags must also be signed and include your Conservation ID#, your name, date of kill, time of kill, town of kill and the permit/tag type used. Additional copies of these Harvest Tags are available on the DEP’s website, www.ct.gov/dep/hunting.
Immediately upon harvesting a deer or turkey, complete and sign a Harvest Tag and keep it with the carcass at all times. Deer taken from Nov. 16 through Nov. 19 (except Landowner Permits), must be taken to a deer check station. Deer or turkeys taken during all other times must be reported within 24 hours via the internet at www.ct.gov/dep/hunting or by calling the toll-free number, 1-877-337-4868. After reporting your harvest, you will be given a report confirmation number to write on the tag. Keep the tag, completed with all information, with the carcass until it is cut up for consumption.
Lead Bullet Fragments in Wild Game
There have been recent concerns about the potential risk of exposure to lead fragments in deer meat harvested with lead ammunition. These considerations have prompted the DEP, in consultation with the Department of Public Health, to provide additional guidance for hunters and consumers of venison. If you would like additional information concerning the health risks of exposure to lead, contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health at www.ct.gov/dph or call 860-509-7740.