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Public Hunting Areas – Middlesex – Tolland 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.

Middlesex – Tolland Counties

Wildlife Management Areas

Town(s)

Acres

B

Babcock Pond WMA* HANDICAP.EPS

East Haddam, Colchester

1,500

Bishops Swamp WMA

Andover

752

Cromwell Meadows WMA*

Cromwell, Middletown

455

Durham Meadows WMA*

Durham

572

B

Eightmile River WMA*

East Haddam, Lyme

313

Higganum Meadows WMA (off Clarkhurst Road)

Haddam

256

B

Kollar WMA* HANDICAP.EPS

Tolland

911

B

Larson Lot WMA*

Colchester

240

Messerschmidt WMA

Deep River, Westbrook

460

Mono Pond

Columbia

284

Ragged Rock Creek WMA*

Old Saybrook

202

Raymond Brook Marsh

Hebron

199

Salmon River Cove and Haddam Neck*

East Haddam, Haddam

94

B

Wangunk Meadows (off Rte. 17a)

Portland

637

B

Wopowog WMA*

East Hampton, Haddam

475

State Forests

Town(s)

Acres

B

Cockaponset State Forest

Haddam, etc.

17,186

B

Nathan Hale State Forest Mgmt. Area

Andover, Coventry

1,455

B

Meshomasic State Forest

Portland, etc.

9,099

B

Nye Holman State Forest

Tolland, etc.

786

AB

Shenipsit State Forest

Stafford, etc.

7,583

State Parks

Town(s)

Acres

Higganum Reservoir

Haddam

147

B

Millers Pond

Durham, Haddam

280

Scantic River State Park

East Windsor, etc.

589

State-Leased and Other Public Access Areas

Town(s)

Acres

Mansfield Hollow Lake (excluding State Park)

Mansfield, Chaplin, etc.

2,012

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

Town(s)

Acres

Mansfield State-Leased Field Trial Area*

Mansfield

300

Flood Control Areas

Town(s)

Acres

AB

Ellithorpe Flood Control Area

Stafford

400

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

Town(s)

Acres

Bolton Area

Bolton

238

East Windsor – Enfield Area*

East Windsor, Enfield

1,530

Hebron Area

Hebron

454

Higganum – Haddam Rod & Gun Club

Haddam

68

NU – Kings Island Coop WMA*

Enfield, Suffield

158

NU – Maromas Coop WMA*

Middletown

1,400

Access Descriptions & Special Conditions

Babcock Pond WMA: Specially designed trails for the physically disabled. Wheelchair accessible waterfowl hunting blind.

Cromwell Meadows WMA: Cromwell, Middletown (north of Sebethe River, west of railroad tracks). Enter area by turning west from Rte 9 on South Street, Cromwell. Entrance is approximately ½ mile from Rte. 9. No trap or target shooting.

Durham Meadows WMA: North of Rte. 17 one mile south of village.

East Windsor/Enfield-Permit Required Area: Two parcels of Scantic River State Park are included in the Permit-Required Hunting Area.

Eight Mile River WMA: Access from Salem Rd. Park in designated field parking only. No roadside parking. No hunting in Wagner Wildlife Sanctuary.

Great Island WMA: Mouth of Connecticut River. Can be reached by boat only. Take Rte. 156 from Old Lyme, turn right at four corners, after railroad underpass known as Smith’s Neck Road. Continue on hard surface to state boat launching site.

Haddam Neck: Access by boat only.

Holbrook Pond: Drive north on Rte. 85 out of Hebron Center and take second paved road to right.

Kollar WMA: Use River Road or Babcock Road north of I84.

Larson Lot WMA: Shailor Hill Road west of Rte. 149.

Lord’s Cove WMA: Boat access approximately ½ mile on Rte. 156 from Rte. 1 to first town landing most commonly used.

Nott Island: Boat access approximately ½ mile on Rte. 156 from Rte. 1 to first town landing most commonly used.

Ragged Rock Creek WMA: Located on the Connecticut River north and south of Ragged Rock Creek. Reached by boat from state-owned launch in Old Saybrook under Baldwin Bridge.

Salmon River Cove and Haddam Neck: Access by boat only.

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. 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.

Wopowog WMA: East of Rte. 196, ¼ mile north of Rte. 151/Rte. 196 junction.

Cockaponset State Forest: Some sections within the town of Madison are closed to all firearms hunting. These sections have been designated as Deer Bowhunting Only areas. Contact the Wildlife Division for locations. Other areas of the forest that are open to firearms hunting are open for the regular state land bowhunting seasons.

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.

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.

NU-Maromas Coop WMA: North and south of Aircraft Road, and south of River Road (2 parcels). Leased from Northeast Utilities.

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