September 17, 2021

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds athletes that the 2021 fall archery hunting seasons for deer and turkey will open on Wednesday, September 15 on public and private land.

The fall archery hunting season for deer and wild turkeys ends in late December on private and state lands in areas reserved for archery hunting, and through at the end of January 2021 on private lands in deer management zones 11 and 12. On public lands open to hunting, the archery season runs from September 15 to November 16 and from December 22 at the end of December. Archery deer hunting is permitted on private land on Sundays in all deer management areas. Wild turkeys CANNOT be hunted on Sundays anywhere in the state.

“The outlook for the 2021 hunting season looks good as another mild winter and an increase in deer sightings occurred in most areas last year,” said Andy LaBonte, biologist in the DEEP Wildlife division. “The 2020 Connecticut Deer program summary contains information that will be useful to hunters in the coming season.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in the number of people participating in hunting and other outdoor activities over the past year, which could potentially create more conflict between hunters and non-hunters over the past year. heavily used state land. Although hunters are required to wear fluorescent orange when participating in many types of hunting activities, it is strongly recommended that all users of state land wear a fluorescent orange article during the hunt. hunting season in order to maintain a safe outdoor environment for all.

“On average, Connecticut experienced moderate acorn production in 2021,” said Michael Gregonis, a biologist in the DEEP Wildlife division. “So fall weather conditions could be a factor in the harvest of deer and turkeys.”

“The best hunting opportunities still exist in the southwest corner of the state and in many coastal towns, especially for bow hunters,” LaBonte continued. “Many landowners use the archery deer hunting season as a safe and effective way to reduce deer populations, especially in more developed areas of the state where gun hunting may not be possible. ”

Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp: A Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp was created in 2016, which replaces all turkey permits and the pheasant stamp, and is required to hunt any resident game birds (non-migratory ), including wild turkey, pheasant, ruffed grouse, partridge and quail. The cost of the Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp is $ 28 for adult residents and non-residents and $ 14 for Connecticut hunters ages 12 to 17. to be used exclusively for game birds and their habitat.

Wild turkey hunters planning to hunt in the fall of 2021 will need a 2021 Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp. Landowners (who own 10 or more contiguous acres) can bring turkeys to their property with the Free Landowner Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp or Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp. There is no additional bag limit for turkeys due to the free game bird conservation stamp for landowners.

Harvest Tags: When hunters harvest a deer or turkey, they must complete a harvest tag, sign it, and keep the harvest tag with the animal until it is processed for consumption. Copies of harvest tags and instructions for their use can be found on page 34 of the Connecticut 2021 Hunting and Trapping Guide, as well as on the DEEP website at DEEPHunting.

Report Harvest: Hunters are required to report their harvest of deer and turkeys within 24 hours, either on the DEEP website ( or by calling a toll-free number (1 -877-337-4868). Deer hunters in Deer Management Zones 11 and 12 who take advantage of the antlerless replacement tag and winning tag programs must follow the same tagging and reporting procedure before going to a control station. which issues replacement labels. A list of replacement tag suppliers is available on the DEEP website. After declaring their harvest via the Internet or by phone, hunters will receive a confirmation number to write on their harvest tag. This confirmation number serves as proof that the harvest has been legally declared.

Wear fluorescent orange: Archery hunters are reminded to wear 400 square inches of fluorescent orange when walking to and from their trees during deer hunting season. However, once in a tree, raised at least 10 feet from the ground, archery hunters can remove fluorescent orange clothing. All private archery hunters on private land are required to carry a DEEP consent form signed by the landowner and dated the current season. Consent forms can be found in the Hunting Guide or at Resident Deer Permits and Game Bird Conservation Stamps can be purchased online at or at participating town halls and vendors. Hunters should check the DEEP website for an up-to-date list of new state lands open to archery hunting.

Learn how to start hunting: Check out the Hunting Roadmap on the DEEP website for the steps needed to start hunting in Connecticut: Roadmap. There are roadmaps for all types of hunting, including deer and turkey hunting.

This press release was produced by DEEP. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.