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10 Best Archery Outfitters in Connecticut

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By Kimberly Ripley

10 Best Archery Outfitters in Connecticut

From top-of-the-line bows, to quivers, arrows, and more, archers of all skill levels should be equipped with the proper gear for a successful experience. Connecticut is host to a wealth of archery stores manned by expert employees and stocked with all of your favorite brands. Here are the 10 best archery outfitters in the state! 

2. Newbury Archery, Goshen, CT

Newbury Archery carries just about everything an archer could need or want—and practically everything is in stock. Check out bows, crossbows, arrows, quivers, accessories and more by Elite, Hoyt, Mathews, Parker and Easton, to name just a few.

3. Wasp Archery, Plymouth, CT

Wasp makes its own archery products in America, and sells them both through dealers and their store in Connecticut. Check out the Crossbow Boss or their mechanical broadhead Dueler. Do note that it’s imperative you know local game laws before hunting with this type of expanding broadhead.

4. HAIL Archery, Killingworth, CT

This archery shop is the official home of Lightning Archery products. Find all varieties of stabilizers, sights, jigs, bowstrings, and more. The team at HAIL always provides top-quality products and top-quality service so that you have a successful hunt every single time. 

5. The Hook and Arrow, Plainville, CT

Whether you’re a hunter or a target shooter, the Hook and Arrow carries all the archery equipment you’ll need. They carry a nice line of carbon arrows by Beman. They also carry bows and accessories by G5 Prime. 

6. Fairfield County Firearms & Archery LLC, Norwalk, CT

The new and used inventory changes regularly at Fairfield County Firearms & Archery LLC, but the brands always indicate good quality. They frequently sell archery equipment by Elite and G5 Prime. They pride themselves on the tradition of making sure everyone who buys a bow or crossbow knows or learns right away how to safely operate it.

7. BCY Bowstring, Middletown, CT

BCY Bowstring sells nothing but strings and accessories for your bow or crossbow, but as avid enthusiasts know, this is vital to the sport. BCY doesn’t just sell bowstrings, however. They manufacture them, too. And everyone on staff understands archery. Check them out the next time your bow or crossbow requires restringing.

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Welcome! Your Archery Adventure Awaits!

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic for your safety and others we must forcefully implement new park requirements and procedures for us to open the park with enhanced precautions. new following guidelines and addendum for the Archery range. These are Steps we can take. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

What we’re all about

The goal of our park is to grow the sport of archery as a mainstream activity at local, state, regional, and national levels. This includes our drive to:

> Offer hunters and target shooters elevated to long-shot targets
> Include 16 field archery lanes up to 70 meters
> Offer 17 3-D targets up to 58 yards with 8 shooting stations at a short walk
> Offer weekly leagues for 3D and Field archery
> Develop programs that involve communities and schools
> Inspire the next generation of Olympic hopefuls whether individuals, groups, sports teams, high school archery or AAU college teams

We’re all about accommodating your needs and giving you the best experience possible. Choose your targets and get ready for action!

Quinnipiac River Archery Park
346 Quinnipiac Street
Wallingford, CT, 06492
203-450-2771
[email protected]
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Tests the casual archer, amateur competitive marksman, serious NFAA bowman and hunter

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Re-calibrate, and refine your skillswith the professionals

What more could you want? Whether a beginner ready to learn archery or an experienced archer needing to improve your skills, our certified instructors are here for you. We can also coach you on the skills needed for bow hunting and field archery competitions.

Challenge yourself on 16 WA (World Archery Federation) Block targets with distances 10 to 70 meters, Our range tests the casual shooter, amateur competitive marksman, as well the serious NFAA bowman and hunter.

Target archery - the most popular form of archery

> Archers shoot at stationary circular targets at varying distances
> Bows include longbow, barebow, recurve and compound
> Distances used for tournaments are slightly different rules
than metric WA rounds used internationally
> Archers divided into two groups—juniors (under 18) and adults

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Take your best shot tracking down a wild animal

Imagine walking through a wild forest filled with 3D realistic animal targets. Lurking behind trees you discover exotic animals. Please contain yourself if you site a fierce looking Grizzly, a Dinosaur or Boar – all ready to attack. You may even spot a few deer or a killer panther hiding in the bushes.

The layout

> Various colored stakes set from 10 to 58 yards
> Stakes improve 3D skills at judging distances and enhance shooting skills

Take a walk on the wild side

Turn a peaceful walk through the woods into a challenging hunt for colorful prey. Our Rinehart targets will get you ready for the real thing in a safe and secure environment.

> 17 target 3D course open during daylight hours 7 days a week for members
> Course time is approximately 25-40 minutes
> Practice/target/field tips must be used – no Broadheads or Crossbow allowed

 

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The co-founders of Quinnipiac River Archery Park are passionate about their shooting sports. Esteban Pereira, Mike King, and Frank Corso III are avid Bow Sportmen, experienced hunters, members of the NFAA and Certified Level 2 USA Archery Instructors.

Join us as a member by the day…or just take a lesson. We’ll get you started!

 

Instructors with a passion

Steve Pereira, President

Esteban Pereira, President
When I was a boy I was captivated by mythological heroes like Hercules, and the Babylonians, as well as Robin Hood and William Tell. I started with the classic longbow in high school and became a proficient competitor. Soon after, I bought my first take-down bow and competed in state and local tournaments. Later, I purchased a compound bow and started hunting throughout our great country. Even after all the chapters of my life, I continue my passion for archery. I am committed to inspiring others in the sport.

Credentials: Instructor in beginner archery, all styles and high performance compound, Traditional & Barebow. Competitor in NFAA freestyle and Barebow championships. USA archery level 2 coach/trainer, Shooter Technical, Instructor’s Certificate by PSE President Pete Shepley and Master Coach Alexander Kirillov. [email protected]

Mike King, Vice President
Credentials:
USA Archery Level 2 Certified Instructor. [email protected]

Frank Corso lll, Treasurer
Credentials:
USA Archery Level 2 Certified Instructor. [email protected]

 

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Connecticut Archery Association

Welcome to caa-archery.org, the site for the Connecticut Archery Association. You can also find us on Facebook

2020 CAA officers:

President Sean Roberts (203) 510-8896 [email protected]
Vice PresidentWilliam Hall[email protected]
Secretary Linda Volovski (203) 206-5348
Treasurer Danielle Roberts (203) 510-8896
NFAA Director William Hall

[email protected]

The CAA is happy to bring you a complete 2021 archery Season, including indoor championships, field, and 3-D! 

Check the schedule page for dates and locations!

About the CAA

 The CAA is proud to be affiliated with the National Field Archery Association, a nationally organized archery association with over 14,000 members that supports all types of competitive archery, and bowhunting. The NFAA provides archery for everyone via 49 chartered state organizations and 1000+ affiliated clubs in the U.S. and abroad; Indoor, Outdoor, Field, and Target or 3D, amateur or pro the NFAA has something for every archer.

  The CAA has NFAA-sanctioned tournaments throughout the year, indoors and outdoors, providing recreation, hunting practice and competitive enjoyment for the entire family. Member clubs host many 3D and Field archery events most Sundays, and a few Saturdays during the year. We hope that all archers will take advantage of our many shooting events by attending shoots at CAA affiliated clubs- CAA member clubs boast some of the most beautiful and challenging archery ranges in New England.

  The CAA hosts 5 State Championships annually; Indoor Open (20 Yards/450 Vegas Round), NFAA Indoor (20 yards/300 Round), Outdoor Open (122 cm target @ 60,50,40 yards/600 round), NFAA Field (28 Target Field Round), and 3D. NFAA Indoor and Field tournaments are open to competitive archers who are NFAA/CAA members. The Indoor Open, Outdoor Open and 3D championship are open to all competitors. Please support Connecticut archery by attending the State Championships, member club tournaments, and most importantly with a NFAA/CAA membership. An annual NFAA membership is $45, includes a CAA membership, entitles the member to compete in State, Sectional, and National level Tournaments, and receive a 1 year subscription to Archery magazine. A CAA non-competitive membership is available for $10 yearly. To become a member of the NFAA or CAA you may download a membership application here:NFAA or CAA Membership Application. For CAA member club membership information visit the club info page


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2021 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide

Deer Hunting


White-tailed Deer Buck

DEEP provides hunters with a variety of opportunities to harvest deer in Connecticut. Unique deer seasons are based on equipment used to harvest deer. These seasons include:

To participate in the archery deer season, a hunter must purchase a Small Game and Deer Archery Permit. Whereas all firearms season hunters must first purchase a Firearms Hunting License and a separate permit which corresponds to a specific equipment type. To hunt with a revolver, a hunter must purchase a Firearms Hunting License, Private Land Shotgun/Rifle Deer Permit, and a Revolver Deer Endorsement.

Review additional deer hunting information, such as chronic wasting disease, epizootic hemorrhagic disease, replacement tags, prohibited activities, hunter surveys, and more.

New to deer hunting or interested in taking up the activity again? TheDeer Hunting Roadmap helps you get started!

Archery Deer Season

Season Dates

  • Jan. 1 - Jan. 31   Private Land (Zones 11-12) (zone map)
  • Sept. 15 - Dec. 31   Private Land (All zones)
  • Sept. 15 - Nov. 16 and Dec. 22 - Dec. 31   State Land
  • Sept. 15 - Dec. 31   State Land Bowhunting Only Areas

Bag Limit: 2 either sex and 2 antlerless (4 total); additional bag of 1 either sex and 1 antlerless (2 total) during the Jan. 1-31 season on private lands in zones 11 and 12.

Hunting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset. 

License and Permits: Small Game and Deer Archery Permit. Must show proof of completion of Connecticut's CE/FS bowhunting course (since 1982) or its equivalent from another state or country when purchasing a small game and deer archery permit. A previous Connecticut bowhunting permit purchased in 2002 or later also qualifies. 

Legal Bows: For the purposes of hunting deer and turkey, legal bows include long, recurved, or compound bows with a minimum draw weight of 40 pounds and crossbows. Mechanical string release devices are permitted. Projectiles coated with any drug, poison or tranquilizing substance are prohibited.

Crossbows: The use of crossbows for hunting deer, turkey and all other species is permitted. Legal crossbows must have a minimum draw weight of 125 pounds and permanent fixed rifle type stock with a functional mechanical safety device. Adjustable crossbow stocks are permitted, but folding stocks are not. The bolt (arrow) length must be at least 18 inches, excluding the broadhead. Crossbows are considered loaded when fully drawn with a bolt in place. Telescopic sights are permitted.

Arrowheads: Legal arrowheads for hunting deer and turkey must have at least two blades and must be at least 7/8 inch wide at its widest point. Arrowheads that are designed to open on impact are legal provided they meet the above requirement.

Tagging and Reporting: See Tagging and Reporting Requirements

Special Conditions:

Sunday Hunting: Archery deer hunters (including landowners hunting with a bow during the Free Landowner Deer Season) can hunt on Sundays on private land only in ALL Deer Management Zones (zone map). All archery deer hunting on Sundays must take place at least 40 yards away from blazed hiking trails.

Possession of a Firearm - Possession of a firearm while archery hunting is prohibited.

Minimum Acreage: There is no minimum acreage requirement for bowhunting.

Private Land Permission - Signed written consent of the landowner on official forms for the current season must be carried while hunting.

State Land Hunting - See the CT Interactive Hunting Area Map for a listing of lands open to archery deer hunting. Certain state lands that do not allow firearms deer hunting are designated as bowhunting only areas. These lands are open to deer bowhunting during the state land shotgun and muzzleloader deer seasons (Nov. 17 - Dec. 21).

Fluorescent orange  - Bowhunters are required to wear 400 sq. in. of fluorescent orange from Nov. 17 - Dec. 31. Bowhunters may remove fluorescent orange clothing while in a tree stand at least 10 feet off the ground.

Decoys - Decoys may be used during the early and late archery deer seasons, but must be covered with 400 sq. in. of fluorescent orange during transport. Decoys cannot be used during the Nov. 17 - Dec. 31 time period.

Replacement Tags - Available for this permit type.

Notice: Saturday, November 6 through Saturday, November 13, 2021 (excluding Sunday) are Junior Deer Hunter Training Days and junior hunters with firearms deer permits may be hunting with firearms.

Details on permits to bowhunt on Aquarion Water Company Property

 

Archery-only Lottery Deer Hunting

Season Dates

Bag Limit: 2 either sex and 2 antlerless; hunters will use the archery deer permit tags.

Hunting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.

License and Permits: Archery deer/small game license and an archery-only lottery permit. Only one archery-only lottery deer permit may be bought each year. 

Legal Bows: Description of legal bows and arrows for deer hunting. Mechanical string release devices are permitted.

Tagging and Reporting: See Tagging and Reporting Requirements

 

State Land Lottery Deer Hunting 

Season Dates

  • Nov. 17 - Nov. 26    State Land Lottery "A" Season
  • Nov. 17 - Dec. 7    State Land Regular Lottery Season

Bag Limit: 1 either sex on state land areas; variable on Controlled Hunt Areas.

Hunting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.

See updates on remaining lottery permits for 2021

License and Permits: Firearms hunting license and a state land lottery permit or a controlled hunt area lottery permit. Only one Firearms State Land Lottery Deer permit may be bought each year. 

Legal Firearms: 12, 16, or 20 gauge breech loading shotgun loaded with single soft alloy projectile ammunition. Rifled or smoothbore barrels allowed. Shotgun must not be capable of holding more than 3 shells. Muzzleloading rifle or shotgun, .45 caliber minimum. Single projectile loaded from muzzle end. Telescopic sights and shotgun converters are permitted.

Tagging and Reporting: See Tagging and Reporting Requirements

Special Conditions: Junior Deer Hunter Training Days through Saturday, November 6 and Saturday, November 13, 2021 (excluding Sunday).

 

State Land No-Lottery Deer Hunting 

Season Dates:

Bag Limit: 1 either sex

Hunting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.

License and Permits: Firearms hunting license and a State Land No-Lottery Permit. You may buy only one type of State Land Shotgun Deer Permit. So, you should not purchase a State Land No-Lottery Permit if you plan on applying for a State Land Lottery Permit. 

Legal Firearms: 12, 16, or 20 gauge breech loading shotgun loaded with single soft alloy projectile ammunition. Rifled or smoothbore barrels allowed. Shotgun must not be capable of holding more than 3 shells. Muzzleloading rifle or shotgun, .45 caliber minimum. Single projectile loaded from muzzle end. Telescopic sights and shotgun converters are permitted.

Tagging and Reporting: See Tagging and Reporting Requirements

Open Areas: See the CT Interactive Hunting Area Map

Special Conditions: Junior Deer Hunter Training Days through Saturday, November 6 and Saturday, November 13, 2021 (excluding Sunday).

 

Private Land Shotgun/Rifle/Revolver Deer Hunting

Season Dates:

Bag Limits:

  • Statewide (except Zones 2 and 4A): 1 either sex and 1 antlerless
  • Zones 2 and 4A: 1 either sex ("Antlerless Only" tag NOT valid)
  • Zone 7: 1 additional antlerless
  • Zones 11 and 12: 2 additional antlerless

Hunting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.

License and Permits: Firearms hunting license and Private Land Shotgun/Rifle Deer permit. Note: Revolver Deer Endorsement is also required if using a revolver. 

Legal Firearms: 12, 16, or 20 gauge breech loading shotgun loaded with single soft alloy projectile ammunition. Rifled or smoothbore barrels allowed. Centerfire rifle 6mm (.243 caliber) or larger or revolver .357 caliber or larger may be used if the landholding is 10 or more acres and the landowner has authorized use on the consent form. To use a revolver, you must also have Revolver Deer Endorsement for the current season. Muzzleloading rifle or shotgun, .45 caliber minimum. Single projectile loaded from muzzle end. Telescopic sights and shotgun converters are permitted. No minimum acreage required for shotguns or muzzleloaders.

Tagging and Reporting: See Tagging and Reporting Requirements

Special Conditions: 

Private Land Permission - Signed written consent of the landowner on official forms for the current season must be carried while hunting.

Replacement Tags - Available for this permit type.

Junior Deer Hunter Training Days - Saturday, November 6 through Saturday, November 13, 2021 (excluding Sunday).

 

Landowner Deer Hunting

Season Dates:

Bag Limit: 2 deer; 1 either sex and 1 antlerless

Hunting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.

Free Landowner Permits are available only to persons owning 10 or more contiguous acres of land. Additional permits are available for their spouses, lineal descendants, parents, grandparents, and siblings. Archery deer hunting is allowed on private land only on Sundays in ALL Deer Management Zones (zone map).

License and Permits: Free Landowner Deer Permit. Appropriate hunting license required if landowner does not live on qualifying property. Note: Revolver Deer Endorsement is also required if using a revolver. For hunting with a bow or crossbow, landowners must have a certificate indicating successful completion of a Connecticut Conservation Education/Firearms Safety bowhunting course (or recognized equivalent). 

Legal Firearms: 12, 16, or 20 gauge shotgun loaded with single soft alloy projectile ammunition. Rifled or smoothbore barrels allowed. Centerfire rifle 6mm (.243 caliber) or larger, revolver .357 caliber or larger, or muzzleloader (.45 caliber minimum). To use a revolver, you must also have Revolver Deer Endorsement for the current season.

Legal Bows: For the purposes of hunting deer and turkey, legal bows include long, recurved, or compound bows with a minimum draw weight of 40 pounds and crossbows. Mechanical string release devices are permitted. Projectiles coated with any drug, poison or tranquilizing substance are prohibited.

Crossbows: The use of crossbows for hunting deer, turkey and all other species is permitted. Legal crossbows must have a minimum draw weight of 125 pounds and permanent fixed rifle type stock with a functional mechanical safety device. Adjustable crossbow stocks are permitted, but folding stocks are not. The bolt (arrow) length must be at least 18 inches, excluding the broadhead. Crossbows are considered loaded when fully drawn with a bolt in place. Telescopic sights are permitted.

Arrowheads: Legal arrowheads for hunting deer and turkey must have at least two blades and must be at least 7/8 inch wide at its widest point. Arrowheads that are designed to open on impact are legal provided they meet the above requirement.

Tagging and Reporting: See Tagging and Reporting Requirements

Fluorescent Orange - Landowners hunting deer on their own land are not required to wear 400 square inches of fluorescent orange, but their spouses, lineal descendants, parents, grandparents, and siblings are required to do so.

 

State Land Deer Muzzleloader Hunting

Season Dates:

Bag Limit: 1 either sex

Hunting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.

License and Permits: Firearms hunting license and State Land Muzzleloader Deer Permit. 

Legal Firearms: Muzzleloading rifle or shotgun .45 caliber minimum. Single projectile loaded from muzzle end. Telescopic sights and shotgun converters are permitted.

Tagging and Reporting: See Tagging and Reporting Requirements

Special Conditions: State Land Hunting - See the CT Interactive Hunting Area Map for a listing of state lands open to muzzleloader deer hunting.

 

Private Land Deer Muzzleloader Hunting

Season Dates:

Bag Limits:

  • Statewide (except Zones 2 and 4A): 1 either sex and 1 antlerless
  • Zones 2 and 4A: 1 either sex
  • Zone 7: 1 additional antlerless
  • Zones 11 and 12: 2 additional antlerless

Hunting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.

License and Permits: Firearms hunting license and Private Land Muzzleloader Deer Permit. 

Legal Firearms: Muzzleloading rifle or shotgun, .45 caliber minimum. Single projectile loaded from muzzle end. Telescopic sights and shotgun converters are permitted. No minimum acreage required for muzzleloaders.

Tagging and Reporting: See Tagging and Reporting Requirements

Special Conditions:

Zones 2, 4A Restriction - “Antlerless Only” tag NOT valid in deer management zones 2 and 4A. Only the “Either-sex” deer tag will be valid in zones 2 and 4A.

Private Land Permission - Signed written consent of the landowner on official forms for current season must be carried while hunting.

Replacement Tags - Available for this permit type.

 

Deer Lottery 

2021 Deer Lottery Update: The 2021 State Land and Controlled Hunt Lottery closed on January 30. On March 15, at 9:00 a.m., any unsold lottery permits can be purchased online on a first-come, first-serve basis. See table below for details. All unsold lottery permits must be purchased at the end of the transaction. (Instructions for purchasing unsold lottery permits) Deer lottery questions can be directed to [email protected] It is recommended that when applying for the deer lottery through the online licensing system, use a desktop computer or switch to the desktop view on your mobile device.

Unsold Lottery Permits Available as of the end of February 2021 -- Available for purchase on March 15, 2021

Table updated on March 18, 2021

Deer Lottery AreaLottery Permits RemainingOTC Youth RemainingClosing Date for Sales
Area 26 Trout Brook Valley SP00No sales
Area 28 Naugatuck SF - Quillinan Res.01Dec. 7
Area 51 Yale Forest (Nov. 17-Nov. 26)752June 30
Area 52 Bristol Water Co.01August 30
Area 56 Centennial SF01July 31
Area 58 MDC Valentine/Pine Hill0NANo sales
Area 60 Tankerhoosen WMA01Dec. 7
Area 62 Aldo Leopold WMA01Dec. 7
Area 63 Mohawk SF - Ziegler Tract01Dec. 7
Area 64 MDC Barkhamsted Res. - East0NANo sales
Area 67 MDC Barhamsted Res. - West0NANo sales
    
Area 66 MDC Nepaug Res. -Sweetheart
Mountain Block - ARCHERY
0NANo sales
Deer lottery season dates and more details are below.

 

A lottery is conducted to award a limited number of permits for deer hunting on certain state lands and controlled hunt areas. To hunt these areas you must apply for a deer lottery permit. 

State Land and Controlled Hunt Lottery

Season Dates
Nov. 17 – Nov. 26   Lottery “A” Season
Nov. 17 – Dec. 7   Lottery Regular Season

Bag Limits: 1 either sex on state land areas; variable on controlled hunt areas.

Hunting Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.

License and Permits: Firearms hunting license and a state land lottery permit or a controlled hunt area lottery permit. Only one of these permit types may be bought each year. Lottery permits for state land and controlled hunt areas may be applied for starting January 2, starting at 9:00 AM. Persons rejected for a lottery permit may obtain a state land no-lottery permit. However, you may buy only one type of state land shotgun deer permit. So, if you are selected for the deer lottery, you cannot purchase a state land no-lottery permit.

Legal Firearms: 12, 16, or 20 gauge breech loading shotgun loaded with single soft alloy projectile ammunition. Rifled or smoothbore barrels allowed. Shotgun must not be capable of holding more than 3 shells. Muzzleloading rifle or shotgun, .45 caliber minimum. Single projectile loaded from muzzle end. Telescopic sights and shotgun converters are permitted.

Archery-only Lottery

The Archery-only Lottery distributes a limited number of permits, providing access to new controlled hunt areas and allowing landowners to develop hunt programs that may consist of hunters attending a mandatory pre-hunt meeting and/or passing a background check. The archery-only lottery will not affect the hunter’s ability to receive a firearms lottery permit nor will it impact the ability to bow hunt other state lands. In the future, when multiple archery-only lottery areas are available, like the firearms lottery, bowhunters will only be allowed to receive one archery-only area permit. Follow existing deer lottery application instructions for the archery-only controlled hunt lottery. NEW! The archery-only lottery will run through January 30 and no permits will be available to youth hunters 12 to 17 years old.

Season Dates: Sept. 15 – Dec. 31

Bag Limits: 2 either sex and 2 antlerless; hunters will use the archery deer permit tags.

Hunting Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.

License and Permits: Archery deer/small game License. Only one of this permit type may be received each year. Lottery permits for archery only controlled hunt areas may be applied for starting on January 2, starting at 9:00 AM. Persons rejected in the archery-only lottery may hunt any state or controlled hunt area that is open to bowhunting. The archery-only controlled hunt lottery is completely separate from the firearms deer lottery.

Legal Bows: Description of legal bows and arrows for deer hunting. Mechanical string release devices are permitted.  

Deer Lottery Instructions

ADULT licensed firearms hunters over the age of 17 can apply individually or as a group. The maximum number of hunters in a group is four. You may only apply as a group one time. Applicants may apply for up to six areas.

Upon submission of your application, you will know instantly whether you are successful. If successful, the permit for the area and season will automatically be added to your “shopping cart.” If you apply as a group, the associated permit will also be added to each group member’s “shopping cart.” The permit may be purchased at the time of selection or at a later date. Each group member is responsible for purchasing their own permit. All permits must be purchased by January 30. If a permit is not purchased by that date, it will be forfeited.

YOUTH licensed firearms hunters (12 through 17 years old) can only apply individually. All youths will apply by means of a separate lottery program called Youth Lottery Permits. Applicants can apply and receive their area of choice, unless quotas are filled. Youth permits are purchased at the end of the transaction. We recommend that the adult hunter participate in the lottery first before purchasing the Youth Lottery Permit. This will ensure that the youth and adult receive a permit for the same area.

All sales are final and DEEP is unable to switch hunting areas or refund fees.

Select lottery permits not purchased by January 30 will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting March 15, at 9:00 AM. Unsold lottery permits can be purchased online or at select DEEP offices up until sold out or the season ends. All unsold lottery permits must be purchased at the end of the transaction. (Instructions for purchasing unsold lottery permits)

Lottery questions? Email [email protected]

2021 Deer Lottery "A" Season Area

AreaTown(s)QuotaAcres
Area 51  Yale Forest ^#Union*2307,700

^ No access during Junior Hunter Training Days. Harvest of coyotes and foxes prohibited.

# Hunters selected for Area 51 will be required to attend a mandatory pre-hunt meeting. If hunters cannot make a pre-hunt meeting, then please do not apply. Successful hunters will receive pre-hunt information by August 15. If notification is not received by this date, hunters must contact [email protected]

2021 Deer Lottery Regular Season Areas

Please note that Area 27 (Camp Columbia SF), Area 53 (Nu-Maromas), and Area 54 (Nu-Skiff Mtn.) are NO LONGER part of the deer lottery. These areas are now No-lottery Deer Hunting Areas for the season dates of Nov. 17 - Dec. 7, 2021. This information is not reflected in the printed version of the 2021 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide.

SF - State Forest     WMA - Wildlife Management Area     SP - State Park

AreaTown(s)QuotaAcres
Area 26  Trout Brook Valley SPEaston15330
Area 28  Naugatuck SF - Quillinan Reservoir BlockAnsonia25511
Area 52  Bristol Water Co. ^^Harwinton754,500
Area 56  Centennial Watershed SF ^^Easton*1703,450
Area 58  MDC Nepaug Reservoir 
Valentine/Pine Hill Block 
**^
New Hartford*401,400
Area 60  Tankerhoosen WMAVernon20449
Area 62  Aldo Leopold WMASouthbury20553
Area 63  Mohawk SF - Ziegler/Johnson TractCornwall*15329
Area 64  MDC Barkhamsted Reservoir - East Block **^Barkhamsted*404,282
Area 67  MDC Barkhamsted Reservoir - West Block **^Barkhamsted*
40 3,700

2021 Lottery Archery-only Area

AreaTown(s)QuotaAcres
Area 66  MDC Nepaug Reservoir - Sweetheart Mt. Block **^Canton*30500

* and adjacent town or towns

** Special Requirements: To apply for Areas 58, 64, 66, and 67, hunters must be at least 18 years of age. Hunters selected for the 4 MDC areas will be required to attend a mandatory pre-hunt meeting; pass a background check conducted by MDC; and sign a waiver of liability before receiving access for hunting. If a hunter cannot meet these requirements, please do not apply. Successful hunters will receive pre-hunt information by August 15. If notification is not received by this date, hunters must contact [email protected] 

^ No access during Junior Hunter Training Days. Harvest of coyotes and foxes prohibited.

^^ No access during Junior Hunter Training Days, except for junior hunters and mentors who have both been awarded a permit for this area.

Deer Lottery Hunting Area Map

Deer lottery map.

 

Additional Deer Hunting Information

2020 Connecticut Deer Program Summary

Antlerless Deer

Some deer tags allow the harvest of antlerless deer only. An antlerless deer is defined as any deer which has no visible antlers. "Button bucks" are considered antlerless deer. Either-sex deer tags allow the harvest of antlered or antlerless deer.

Replacement Tags

In deer management zones 11 and 12, two types of supplemental tags are available: Replacement Antlerless Tags and Earn-a-buck Tags.

Replacement Antlerless Tags: For a hunter to receive a replacement antlerless tag, he or she must go to one of several vendor deer check stations and complete the following:

  1. Report the deer harvest and obtain a confirmation number within 24 hours of harvest;
  2. Bring the antlerless deer carcass or head to a check station within 72 hours of harvest;
  3. Submit the deer harvest tag with a confirmation number to the vendor;
  4. Sign the replacement antlerless tag that is received from the vendor.

"Earn-A-Buck" Tags: If you register a total of 3 antlerless deer from private land during the same season, you may qualify for a replacement either-sex tag.

Note: Antlerless deer harvested in other zones may be brought to a check station for the purpose of receiving replacement tags; however, the replacement tags (both Antlerless and Earn-a-buck) may ONLY be used in zones 11 or 12 (more info). Replacement tags are available in zones 11 and 12 during the private land archery season, shotgun/rifle season, and  muzzleloader season. Consult the Private Land Deer Management Zone Map for a description of zones. All replacement tags will be issued in limited numbers based on a zone's deer population management goals.

Deer Hunting Prohibited Activities

  • Hunting with or allowing any dog in your charge to hunt, pursue, or kill deer.
  • Hunting deer or any other wildlife while in or on a motor vehicle, snowmobile, or all terrain vehicle (See Hunting Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities for special exemptions).
  • Hunting deer by aid or use of a light. 
  • Taking or attempting to take any deer with the aid of real or artificial bait in Deer Management Zones 1 to 10, or on state land in Zones 11 and 12. (Any food, mineral, or chemical product designed to be eaten by deer is considered bait.) 
  • Use of a decoy during the shotgun/rifle and muzzleloader deer seasons. 
  • Taking of spotted fawns.
  • NEW! All use of natural deer urine products is prohibited, particularly for the purposes of taking or attempting to take or attract deer, or for the surveillance or scouting of deer (see section below for more details).

Use of Attractants for Deer Hunting

The following attractants may be used while hunting deer in Connecticut:

  1. Deer decoys during the early and late archery seasons only.
  2. Some types of scent attractants (i.e., tarsal glands, food smells, smoke pole) that provide no substance for deer to consume. For the safety of Connecticut's deer herd, a new regulation effective in 2020 prohibits all use of natural deer urine products. No person shall possess or use, for the purposes of taking or attempting to take or attract deer or for the surveillance or scouting of deer, any product bought or sold that is manufactured or refined that contains or purports to contain deer urine. Products labeled as "synthetic" may still be used. Products with vague descriptions about their contents are not recommended for use. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) can spread through exposure to infected deer urine.
  3. All types of sound attractants (i.e., doe calls, buck calls, antler rattling, electronic calls).
  4. Hunting over planted fields where normal agricultural planting, harvesting, or post-harvest manipulation is used.

In addition to the attractants listed above, the following are allowed on PRIVATE LANDS ONLY while hunting deer in DEER MANAGEMENT ZONES 11 and 12.

  1. Minerals or chemicals that may be safely consumed by deer (i.e., salt licks).
  2. Artificial or natural foods placed, scattered, distributed or deposited (i.e., hay, grains, fruit, nuts and other foods that may be safely consumed by deer).

Note: It is strongly recommended that individuals hunting on private lands in zones 11 and 12 consult with landowners prior to placing attractants on their property. 

Tagging and Transporting Deer

See Tagging and Reporting Requirements

Deer Check Stations

Hunters only need to bring their antlerless deer or antlerless deer head, along with a deer kill report and confirmation number, to a deer check station if they wish to obtain a replacement tag for use in deer management zones 11 and 12. All other deer must be reported within 24 hours using the phone or internet.

Deer Hunter Survey

Deer hunters may be contacted by mail, email, or telephone for surveys regarding their deer hunting activities. Even if you did not hunt, you should complete the survey. Information gathered from the survey is important to the management of Connecticut's white-tailed deer population. 

Tree Stands on State Properties

Avoid the construction or placement of permanent tree stands involving damage to any tree or shrub on state land. The use of portable tree stands (climber, ladder, or hang-on) is permissible. However, all tree stands must be removed from state properties at the conclusion of the hunting season. The use of a full-body safety harness when using a tree stand is strongly recommended. 

What to Do If You Harvest a Deer with a Neck Collar

DEEP Wildlife Division researchers have captured and placed neck collars on over 150 white-tailed deer throughout Connecticut. The marked deer may have a leather or nylon brown-colored collar; ear tags may or may not be present. Hunters should know that it is both completely legal and safe to harvest and consume these animals. The Wildlife Division asks that if hunters come across a collared deer during the hunting season, that they should hunt as they normally do – intentionally targeting collared deer or passing on them biases the mortality data. We also ask that if you do harvest a collared deer, please contact us using the phone number on the collar, or at 860-418-5921. We would like to collect the collar and jawbone from the animal if possible.

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease

In October 2017, the first ever cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) were confirmed in white-tailed deer in Connecticut. Symptoms of hemorrhagic disease in deer include swollen head, neck, tongue, or eyelids with a bloody discharge from the nasal cavity; erosion of the dental pad or ulcers on the tongue; and hemorrhaging of the heart and lungs, causing respiratory distress. The virus also creates high feverish conditions, causing infected deer to sometimes be found near water sources. EHD is transmitted by tiny biting flies (midges). All documented outbreaks tend to occur during late summer and early fall due to an increase in midge numbers and cease with the onset of a hard frost, which kills the midges carrying the virus.

No infected deer were reported in 2018 or 2019; however, in 2020 one deer tested positive for EHD in Ridgefield, with approximately 20 or more found in the surrounding areas near water bodies, indicating they may have died from EHD. New York experienced an outbreak of EHD in early September 2021 and it is possible the disease may appear in deer in Connecticut.

(Fact sheet on Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease from the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative.)

The DEEP encourages anyone who observes deer appearing emaciated, behaving strangely, or lying dead along the edge of waterbodies during summer to report the information, along with the closest address, to DEEP’s 24-hour Emergency Dispatch Center at 860-424-3333, the DEEP Wildlife Division at 860-418-5921, or send an email to [email protected]

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

Connecticut, along with many other states, has taken measures to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, including banning the importation of live cervids (species in the deer/elk family) across state lines.

An emergency regulation that was adopted in October 2005 to address concerns about CWD became permanent in September 2007. This regulation prohibits hunters from transporting into Connecticut any deer or elk carcasses or part thereof from any state where CWD has been documented, unless the meat has been de-boned. Specific wording of the regulation follows:

Section 26-55-4: No person shall import or possess whole carcasses or parts thereof of any deer, moose, or elk from wild or captive herds from other states or Canadian Provinces where chronic wasting disease has been confirmed, including, but not limited to, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma, New York, West Virginia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Any additional states* and provinces where chronic wasting disease is confirmed will be published in the Department's annual Hunting and Trapping Guide and on the Department's website. This provision shall not apply to meat that's de-boned, cleaned skullcaps, hides or taxidermy mounts.

*CWD also has been documented in Michigan, Virginia, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Ontario, and Quebec (captive herd). In 2016, the first documented case of CWD in free-ranging reindeer occurred in Norway.

To date, no evidence of CWD in Connecticut's deer herd has been detected. Hunters interested in donating deer heads for testing should keep the heads cool (not frozen) and arrange for them to be picked up by contacting Timothy McKinney, Contractor with the Wildlife Management Institute at the CT DEEP Wildlife Division at 860-418-5989 (more info about CWD)

Bowhunting on Aquarion Water Company Property

As part of the Aquarion Water Company's deer management plan, the Conservation Land Committee will permit bowhunting for deer this year on approximately 4,397 acres of land in the Centennial Watershed State Forest. Specific details, maps, and an application to receive an access permit can be found on the Aquarion Water Company website. A limited number of access permits will be issued free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

CT Hunting and Trapping Guide Landing Page

Main Hunting and Trapping Webpage

Content last updated in October 2021.

Sours: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Hunting/2021-Connecticut-Hunting-and-Trapping-Guide/Deer-Hunting

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