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Hunting in Connecticut: 5 Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

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Hunting on private property is a unique privilege. While public lands are often teeming with hunters, private lands are often limited to a select few. Space, privacy, and larger amounts of game are some of the benefits of hunting on private property. However, there are specific regulations by which hunters must abide in Connecticut.

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1. Hunting Deer and Turkey on Somebody Else's Private Property

When hunting deer and turkey in Connecticut, hunters must get written permission from the landowner in shape of a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection consent form. The form must be dated for the current season, and hunters must have it on their bodies while hunting (although they do not need to send proof of consent to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection). The landowner may issue the consent form before the hunter has obtained necessary licenses and permits, but the hunter must obtain all licenses and permits before actually hunting on the land.

2. Hunting Small Game on Somebody Else's Private Property

Hunters of small game – such as pheasants, rabbits, and ducks – must have verbal permission from the landowner; however, they do not need a written consent form.

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3. Getting Permission to Bait Deer

According to the State of Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, hunters are allowed to bait deer when hunting on private property, but are strongly recommended to first obtain the permission of the landowner.

4. Potential Liabilities

If landowners do not charge hunters a fee, they are not liable unless that willfully do not disclose dangerous sites, structures, and activities. Because of this, hunters should purchase personal liability insurance, which insures against damage to the property of the landowner and any injuries incurred by the hunter, before hunting on private land. Landowners are allowed to require hunters to carry such insurance.

5. Rifle Authorization

Landowners must own at least 10 contiguous acres of land in order for deer hunters to be allowed to use rifles and revolvers. There are no minimum acreage requirements for using muzzleloaders, shotguns, and archery equipment, according to Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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Hunting on private property is a unique privilege. While public lands are often teeming with hunters, private lands are often limited to a select few. However, there are specific regulations by which hunters must abide in Connecticut.
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