Connecticut DEEP has released determined locations for bow hunting deer on private land on Sundays.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has released the allowed locations that deer can be taken by bow on Sunday hunts while on private property.
“This new oppourtunity for hunters will support DEEP efforts to maintain healthy deer populations and ecosystems,” said Rick Jacobson the DEEP Wildlife Division Director in a press release. “When the density of the deer population in a given area is too high- as it is in much of the state- it is not healthy for deer, other species, or forest lands.”
Bowhunting deer on private land will be allowed in almost all deer management zones except for three areas located in north central Connecticut. The zones not permitted are DMZs 2, 3, and 4A which include parts of Hartford, Litchfield, and Tolland Counties.
The first Sunday chosen is set for October 1 during fall archery season and will be allowed until the last Sunday in January in some areas.
A new law has also been instated which requires hunters to be at least 40 yards away from blazed trails while hunting. They also remind anyone hunting private land to have permission from the land owner.
The General Assembly authorized DEEP to establish a season for Sunday bowhunting on private property earlier this year after an assessment of current deer populations showed some areas were reaching peek limits.