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Hunting in Connecticut: 5 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Your Kids

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 09:35 PM

Hunting in Connecticut offers excitement opportunities to share in the traditions of our forefathers, and a chance to bond with nature. Many families share in the traditions of the sport, but hunting requires constant diligence regarding safety measures and parents must constantly monitor the actions of minors in the field. Hunting in Connecticut is regulated by the Department of Energy and Environment (DEEP) and guidelines can be found on the agency website.

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If you are preparing your kids to accompany you into the field, consider the following:

1. All hunters must complete comprehensive education and firearms safety programs. The state sponsors such classes, which cover firearms safety, wildlife conservation and ethics. Participants help ensure the future of Connecticut’s longstanding traditions in the great outdoors.

2. Although junior hunters (12-16 year olds) cannot purchase firearms, they may use firearm purchased by another person, subject to existing hunting regulations and laws. Children under age 12 cannot legally handle firearms.

3. New in 2015, hunters ages 16 and 17-years-old are eligible to receive discounts on hunting licenses, tags, stamps and permits. A 50 percent reduction applies to regular fees and licenses can be obtained online, at town clerk offices, and at selected sporting goods stores.

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4. Young hunters can become over stimulated about their hunting ventures, so it is imperative that they be physically and emotionally mature enough to handle the stress of this activity. Safety programs through the state or through outside programs help hunters develop knowledge and confidence for positive experiences.

Check with scouting organizations, local hunt clubs, and local fish and game agencies to find opportunities for young hunters. Additionally the National Rifle Association (NRA) sponsors comprehensive training programs for youth members.

5. Parents and/or mentors should thoroughly review the rules and regulations that DEEP has outlined in their publications. These include general hunting, firearms safety, use of ATVs, hunting on private lands, and determining bag limits.

Educational programs help develop great hunters and responsible citizens. As master hunters lead the novices through the ropes to becoming skilled, they introduce the spirit and comradery associated with our country’s hunting traditions and heritage.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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