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Hunting in Connecticut: 4 Things to Know About Urban Deer Hunting in Cities and Suburbs

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:44 AM

In areas where deer thrive, such as vast open areas found in states in the Northeast like Vermont and Connecticut, hunting to control the deer population is a necessary activity. In Connecticut, for example, there are an estimate 18,000 deer killed annually from interactions with moving vehicles, which equals nearly 50 per day, according to a study on Connecticut's deer population issued by the state.  The average woodland area usually has between 10 to 15 deer per square mile, but some parts of Connecticut, even near urban areas, can have as many as 65 deer per square mile. Thinning the herd is necessary through regulated and controlled hunts. When participating in these hunts in an urban area, there are some rules to know and follow.

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Safety First
In order to participate in any form of hunting in the state of Connecticut, completion of a hunter safety course is necessary, according to Connecticut's government webpage on hunting. This course is called Connecticut's Conservation Education and Firearms Safety Program, which teaches about ethics, using firearms safely, and aspects of wildlife conservation. The other stated goal of the course is to ensure that trapping and hunting are safe activities for all involved. Depending on the type of hunting to be employed, a firearms hunting class and a bowhunting class are available as are an accreditation course, trapping course and self-study course. These courses are held periodically throughout the year across the state.

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Hunting License Needed

Even if the hunting is taking place on private land, a state-issued hunting license is necessary, which becomes available once the hunter has taken the associated safety course, such as firearms safety for hunting with a rifle.

Permission from Landowner Necessary
Hunting on private property is allowed as part of the regulated and controlled hunting programs in Connecticut, which is a primary way to eliminate or reduce the amount of free-ranging deer. As with most hunting on private lands, permission from the landowner is necessary. Landowners can participate in the private land hunting program in Connecticut, according to CtWhitetailAssociation.com. This permission is obtainable through a consent form and the owner may initiate limitations, such as how long the hunt can take place or what type of weapon can be used. The hunting season on private land usually lasts two weeks and begins in mid-November, except when special hunts are enacted.

Regulations Regarding Town-owned Land
Federal court rulings have made it so that cities and towns cannot regulate hunting when it takes place on federal, state, or private property. The only place that these limitations can be enacted is on town-owned land. Be sure to verify who owns the land and where the boundaries are when participating in a private land or other hunt. The only exception to this rule in the Town of Westport, Connecticut. A town ordinance enacted in 1933 forbids the hunting of deer within the city limits of Westport, including on private lands.

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

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