Connecticut Hunting News

Connecticut DEEP Offers Fall Outdoor Safety Tips

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is offering fall outdoor safety tips for outdoor enthusiasts.  Fall is a beautiful time to be outside, and with a few precautions, it offers different users the opportunity to enjoy the state’s natural wonders.

October 8th to be a "Free Fishing Day" in Connecticut

No fishing license will be required to fish in Connecticut on October 8. Excellent opportunity for anglers to introduce their sport to others.

The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has designated Saturday, October 8th as a "Free Fishing Day" where no fishing license will be required to fish in Connecticut waters. This opportunity will be available to both residents and non-residents and applies to both inland and marine waters.

Connecticut DEEP Begins Fall Trout Stocking

Trout Parks and TMA’s among the areas being stocked
October 8th will be a “Free Fishing” Day- no fishing license required

Connecticut Closes State Parks, Campgrounds in Advance of Hurricane Irene

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that all Connecticut State Parks will close at sunset on Saturday due to the approach of Hurricane Irene and that all state park campgrounds will close at noon on Saturday unless weather conditions dictate an earlier closing.  State Parks and campgrounds will remain closed until further notice.

Connecticut Migratory Bird Hunting Season Dates Set

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced the dates for the 2011-2012 migratory bird hunting seasons, which include seasons for hunting ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, and rails. Specific details on season dates, bag limits, regulations, and other reminders are published in the 2011-2012 Migratory Bird Hunting Guide, which will be available from DEEP and town clerk offices by early September.

Connecticut DEP Merges to Become the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) came to life today, July 1, charged with the dual responsibilities of creating a new energy future for the state and protecting Connecticut's environment and natural resources.

DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said, "With the launch of our new agency, Connecticut is taking a positive step forward to fulfill Governor Malloy's vision of building a sustainable and prosperous economy for the future. We will be a national leader in integrating energy and environmental policy.

Connecticut DEP Investigating Large Cat Sighting

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it is cooperating with the Town of Greenwich Police Department to investigate recent sightings of a large cat in the King Street area of Greenwich. Based on photographs taken of the animal and other evidence it appears that the animal is a mountain lion that has been held in captivity and was released or escaped. There is no native population of mountain lions in Connecticut and the eastern mountain lion has been declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Connecticut Turkey Season Runs Through May 28th

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds hunters that the 2011 Connecticut spring wild turkey hunting season runs through May 28.

This year will mark the 31st consecutive year that sportsmen have hunted turkeys in Connecticut. The statewide turkey population is estimated at approximately 35,000 birds. Healthy and numerous wild turkey populations exist throughout the majority of Connecticut’s woodlands. Last spring, 7,389 hunters took 1,245 bearded turkeys.

2010 Connecticut Deer Season Closes With Near Perfect Safety Record

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)20 announced that with the close of 2010, Connecticut sportsmen enjoyed another safe and productive deer hunting season. More than 64,000 deer hunting permits are issued annually and deer hunters spend nearly 450,000 days afield each year. Two minor incidents were reported, one involving the discharge of a firearm. No firearms-related injuries were reported during the 2008 and 2009 deer hunting seasons.

Connecticut 2011 Hunting Guide Available Online

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection announced that the 2011 editions of the Connecticut Angler's Guide and the Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide will be available online on the agency's web site in early January.