Connecticut Fall Turkey Season Opens October 7

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The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced that Connecticut's 2006-2007 small game hunting season will open at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21 for pheasant, bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse, chukar partridge, crow and cottontail rabbit. The fall firearms turkey season will open statewide on October 7 and continue through October 31. The regular duck season opens on Wednesday, October 18 in both the north and south hunting zones.

The 2006 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide and the 2006-2007 Migratory Bird Hunting Guide, which contain additional information on laws, regulations, and season dates, can be obtained at any town clerk or Wildlife Division office, or they can be found on the DEP website at www.ct.gov/dep. An informational brochure outlining general season dates and hunting hours and offering outdoor safety tips for non-hunters also will be available at all town clerks' offices. Maps denoting many state-owned hunting areas and most permit-required hunting areas may be obtained, free-of-charge, from the DEP Wildlife Division's office at the DEP Headquarters, located at 79 Elm Street in Hartford.

Outdoor Safety

"We are approaching the peak time of year for a variety of hunting activities in Connecticut," said Dale May, Director of the DEP Wildlife Division. "This also is the season for others to enjoy all the splendid outdoor opportunities that our state has to offer, including hiking, biking and enjoying the fall foliage. Thus, it is especially important for all outdoor users to respect the rights of others and be aware of all activities that may be occurring outdoors. Connecticut hunters have an excellent safety record and awareness on the part of non-hunters can help in our efforts to keep hunting safe for everyone."

Fall and winter are popular times to enjoy Connecticut's woodlands. Whether you like to hike, camp, horseback ride, mountain bike, hunt or fish, it is a good idea to observe a few safety precautions while afield.

Basic SAFETY TIPS all outdoor users should follow include:

  • When you use the outdoors, whether for hiking, biking, hunting, fishing or some other activity, let someone know where you plan to be and when you will return;
  • Familiarize yourself with the area you will be using and know the activities that occur there;
  • Ask landowners' permission to hunt, hike, bike or fish on private land;
  • Wear brightly colored clothing;
  • Avoid wearing gray, brown, tan or white when hiking in or near hunting areas;
  • Consider using a bell on your bike or horse during hunting season; and
  • If you see someone hunting, call out to make them aware of your location.

PEAK HUNTING OCCURS IN EARLY MORNING AND LATE AFTERNOON, PRIMARILY DURING THE PERIOD FROM MID-OCTOBER THROUGH MID-DECEMBER.

Hunters should also follow three basic, but important, rules:

  • Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
  • Always keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  • Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it before pulling the trigger.

Sportsmen must observe the fluorescent orange clothing requirements, which specify that a total of 400 square inches be worn above the waist and be visible from all sides from September 1 through the last day in February. Some exceptions do apply; they are listed in the 2006 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide.