Hunters May Apply For Connecticut Deer Licenses Starting On New Year's Day

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Connecticut begins its “Instant Award” lottery method for issuing deer hunting permits. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has begun accepting requests for limited-access permits to hunt deer with shotguns on specific state lands.

The new “Instant Award” lottery method for issuing permits is designed to streamline the distribution of deer permits and allow hunters to know immediately whether they were selected for the limited access area of choice.

Hunters may apply for permits online or at the following DEEP locations on weekdays during regular office hours:

  • DEEP Licensing and Revenue on 79 Elm St. in Hartford from 9 a.m.  to 4 p.m.
  • DEEP Bookstore on 79 Elm St. in Hartford from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Franklin Wildlife Management Area on 391 Route 32 in North Franklin from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area on 341 Milford St. (Route 69) in Burlington from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Eastern District HQ on 209 Hebron Road (Route 66) in Marlborough from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Marine HQ on 333 Ferry Road in Old Lyme from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Western District HQ on 230 Plymouth Road in Harwinton from 8:30 4 p.m.

Available areas and seasons are listed in the 2014 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide or click here.

The likelihood of being selected is different for each area and is based on the number of permits available and the number of applicants. There is less of a chance of obtaining a lottery permit for popular hunting areas.

Successful applicants will be able to purchase their permit immediately or at a later date. However, all permits must be purchased by June 30, the date the Instant Award sales end.

Starting on July 15, unissued permits will be made available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click here for frequently-asked questions.

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We need to outlaw ALL guns and repeal the second amendment

M3 Driver:

I agree and this needs to happen ASAP


What about the gunfire we hear in South Norwalk every Sunday morning?I'm talking those who shoot in Vets park or the shoreline is more like it.You have to wonder what our politicians do when laws are made and revised figure no shooting in Norwalk Harbour would be Duffs priority.

Broad River:


Ken P Jr:

This is only a new way to obtain permits that have been available for years. Nothing new really. In CT you can't use buckshot. Only a slug, a single projectile. In many places you can use buckshot because its effective close in but doesn't travel far. Modern slug loads are close to some rifles, 100+ yard shots aren't hard.
CTs been evolving well regarding hunting regs in recent years. We can use revolvers & some other pistols now. Id love if they allowed pistol caliber rifles in shotgun areas. A 44 mag carbine isn't anymore powerful than a 12 gage slug.

Broad River:

Okay, so 100+ yards not <1/4 mile. I didn't really need to know what they use just how close. More about the actual hunt./ sport.
I went with a hunt at Remington Park about 35 years ago. They were using Remington shotgun shells(not buck shot) It's a fenced in acreage in the middle of the city. There was no Sport to it al all! One other time I went with bow hunters. Maybe a little more about habits. I was on a tree stand for 3 hours. I don't hunt, never have, just a voyeur I guess LOL.
So these permits are for next year I see. Hopefully my 3 deer ain't starving, that's the only thing I hate. I'd much rather they be hunted than to starve while chewing bark.
You never see deer tied to the hoods of cars anymore. How are they bringing them home?


Broad: I never heard of anyone using shot to hunt deer. What they use are "deer slugs", which are accurate enough at ranges most hunters would fire at.

Broad River:

Wouldn't you have to be pretty close to the deer if you're hunting with a shotgun? On the morning of Dec.23rd about 5am 3 deer came through my yard. The last time this happened I read that deer were starving upstate. Is this why they are offering hunting permits? If it is, I wish they'd not wait so long.

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