Connecticut’s Depart of Energy and Environment Protection is allowing the use of crossbows for the first time when the fall archery hunting season for deer and wild turkey opens tomorrow September 16, However, all hunters using them must have an archery permit (only available to those who have completed a Bowhunter Education course). In addition, Bowhunters “must wear 400 square inches of fluorescent orange while walking to and from their tree stands during the firearms deer hunting season. However, once in a tree stand, elevated at least 10 feet off the ground, bowhunters may remove the fluorescent orange clothing.”
“The outlook for the 2013 hunting season is very good,” exclaimed DEEP Wildlife biologist Michael Gregonis, who also noted that while there will be plenty of good opportunities for hunters to bag game throughout most of the state, “Connecticut’s, the southwest corner and many of the shoreline towns are expected to provide the best opportunities, especially for bowhunters.”
The deer/turkey season will continue through December 31, and bowhunters will be allowed to hunt for both on (designated) state lands, as well as on private property where they have written permission of the landowner. Consent forms can be found in the Hunting Guide or at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting.
DEEP also announced that archers can hunt for deer and turkeys from September 16, 2013, until January 31, 2014 in Fairfield County (deer management zone 11) and shoreline towns (zone 12) until January 31, 2014. Deer and turkey permits can be purchased on-line at www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing or at participating town halls, vendors, and at some DEEP offices.
Note: All hunters must their kills within 24 hours by going online to www.ct.gov/deep/hunting) or calling -877-337-4868. They are also required to fill out a Harvest Tag, sign it, and keep the Harvest Tag with the animal until it is processed for eating.