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

Connecticut begins its “Instant Award” lottery method for issuing deer hunting permits.
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 a.m.to 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.

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