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Public Hunting Areas – Litchfield – Hartford Counties

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The following areas are open to public hunting. The key to the left specifies what type of hunting is permitted. Lottery deer hunting areas are listed elsewhere in this guide. Special tags, stamps, and permits are needed when hunting some species. Consult season descriptions for the species you are hunting. Consult firearms restrictions. Maps for many of these areas are available on the DEP’s website (www.ct.gov/dep).

Key
● Hunting Permitted
▲ Designated Deer Bowhunting Only Area
AB No-Lottery A and B Seasons
B No-Lottery B Season only
❍ Daily Permit Required
✱ Special Conditions Apply, see below.

Litchfield – Hartford Counties

Wildlife Management Areas

Town(s)

Acres

Barber Pond WMA

Bloomfield,Windsor

75

Cedar Swamp WMA

New Hartford, Torrington

278

East Twin Lakes Water Access Area

Salisbury

98

AB

Goshen WMA

Goshen

967

Housatonic River WMA

Kent

556

Newgate WMA

East Granby

451

Simsbury WMA

Simsbury

223

AB

Robbins Swamp WMA

Canaan

1,569

Roraback WMA HANDICAP.EPS

Harwinton

1,975

Suffield WMA

Suffield

195

State Forests

Town(s)

Acres

AB

Algonquin State Forest

Colebrook

668

AB

American Legion State Forest

Barkhamsted

1,037

B

Camp Columbia State Forest

Morris

600

AB

Centennial Watershed State Forest (Canaan Block)*

Canaan

146

 

 

Enders State Forest (Worthen Parcel)*

Granby

377

AB

Housatonic State Forest (including former Wickwire parcel)

Sharon, etc.

11,284

AB

Mattatuck State Forest

Watertown

4,673

AB

Nassahegon State Forest

Burlington

1,227

AB

Nepaug State Forest

New Hartford

1,367

AB

Paugnut State Forest

Torrington

1,644

AB

Peoples State Forest

Barkhamsted

2,942

AB

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

Litchfield

179

AB

Tunxis State Forest

Hartland, etc.

9,518

B

Wyantenock State Forest

Cornwall, etc.

4,083

State Parks

Town(s)

Acres

John Minetto State Park

Torrington

715

Mount Riga State Park

Salisbury

315

Sunnybrook State Park (west of Newfield Rd.)

Torrington

444

State-Leased and Other Public Access Areas

Town(s)

Acres

CT Light & Power (borders Newgate WMA)

East Granby

180

MDC – Greenwoods Pond

New Hartford

400

AB

MDC – Colebrook Reservoir/Hogback Dam

Colebrook, Hartland, etc.

4,159

Dog Training & Field Trial Areas (Closed to hunting during events)

Town(s)

Acres

Flaherty Field Trial Area (Pelton’s Pasture)*

East Windsor

498

Nod Brook Management Area*

Avon, Simsbury

137

Flood Control Areas

Town(s)

Acres

Black Rock Lake (state and federally owned)

Thomaston, Watertown

400

Bloomfield Flood Control Area (Site 1)

Bloomfield

325

Bloomfield Flood Control Area (Site 2)

Bloomfield

300

AB

Hancock Brook Lake (federally owned)

Plymouth

707

Mad River Dam Flood Control Area

Winchester

517

Northfield Brook Lake (federally owned)

Thomaston

208

Sucker Brook Flood Control Area

Winchester

64

Thomaston Dam (federally owned)

Thomaston, Harwinton, etc.

850

Whiting River Flood Control Area

North Canaan

49

Wood Creek Flood Control Area

Norfolk

111

Permit-Required Areas (Daily Permit required to hunt small game and waterfowl)

Town(s)

Acres

Bristol Fish & Game Association*

Harwinton, Plymouth

1,663

B

NU-Skiff Mtn. Coop WMA*

Sharon

710

Sessions Woods WMA ▲ HANDICAP.EPS

Burlington

777

Stanley Works Coop WMA

Kent, Cornwall

1,100

Suffield Sportsmen’s Assoc.*

Suffield, East Granby

1,164

Access Descriptions & Special Conditions

Camp Columbia State Forest: A portion of Camp Columbia State Forest is a Designated Deer Bowhunting Only Area.

Centennial Watershed State Forest – Canaan Block: The 146 acre parcel of the forest west of Old North Road is open to hunting. All other areas of Centennial Watershed SF in Canaan are closed to hunting.

Enders State Forest – Worthen Parcel: Designated Deer Bowhunting Only Area.  Access and parking from Rte 20/Fox Rd. gate only.  Portions closed to all hunting

Flaherty Field Trial Area: Turn east from Rte. 5 opposite East Windsor High School. Shooting and non-shooting field trial area.

Nod Brook Management Area: Avon, Simsbury between Farmington River and railroad tracks, off Rte. 10, approximately 1 mile north of Rte. 10/Rte. 44 junction in Avon. Shooting and non-shooting field trial area. Closed during events.

Black Rock Lake: Portions of area open to hunting through cooperation of the Army Corps of Engineers. Firearms hunting on federal land limited to shotgun ammunition only.

Bloomfield Flood Control Areas 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. Open during the pheasant season only. Site 3 is no longer open to hunting.

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.

Thomaston Dam: Open to hunting through cooperation of the Army Corps of Engineers. Firearms hunting limited to shotgun ammunition only. Waterfowl or small game hunting prohibited between March 30 and the third Saturday in October. Target or trap shooting prohibited.

Bristol Fish & Game Permit-Required Area: Special restrictions apply. See vendor for details.

NU-Skiff Mtn. Coop WMA: Sharon (east and west of Skiff Mtn. Road). Leased from Northeast Utilities.

Sessions Woods WMA: Area open to fall bowhunting for deer or turkey by permit. Portions open for firearms turkey hunting by daily permit. Permits issued in accordance with the procedures used for other Permit-Required Hunting Areas. Waterfowl hunting by daily permit in designated blind only. Handicapped hunters are given preference in the distribution of waterfowl hunting permits. Permits available at the Sessions Woods office on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Suffield Sportsmen’s Assoc. Permit-Required Area: From North Street, Windsor Locks, north to Massachusetts state line, east to the Connecticut River, and south to Russel Road, East Granby.

 

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