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07-30-2009, 02:43 AM
Proposed Amendments to Hunting, Trapping, and Falconry Regulations
The Regulations Review Committee of the State Legislature met today and PASSED the following Regulations http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/public_notice_attachments/draft_regulations/reg08huntandtrapregulation.pdf
Some minor revisions are necessary and then will be forwarded to the Secretary of the State for signature and the Regulations should take effect immediately.
The following Bullet Points are highlights. Read the underlined NEW language in the above url to see the specific changes. DELETED language is bracketed.
– Allows bowhunters to use crossbows on private lands in deer management zones (DMZs) 11 and 12 (southwestern and coastal Connecticut) during the January archery deer season.
– Allows written documentation provided by the applicant and the physician, removing the interview requirement, is adequate to allow the Department to determine whether a crossbow permit should be issued.
– Exempts hunters from wearing fluorescent orange while bowhunting on State areas designated as bowhunting only while hunting from an elevated stand more than ten feet from the ground.
– Removes the three shell restriction on persons hunting resident Canada geese during the month of September.
– Eliminates the season limit on beaver which is currently 25, and extends the end of the beaver trapping season from March 15th to March 31st.
– Expands the season bag limit on fisher from two to four and amends the fisher trapper season from November 20th through December 31st.
– Open Spring private land season for hunting bearded wild turkey begins the last Wednesday in April and ends the last Saturday in May. The two Saturdays before the last Wednesday in April shall be designated as junior turkey hunting training days. Only hunters having a valid Connecticut junior hunting license and a spring season turkey permit may hunt on private lands for which they have written permission. The accompanying adult mentor shall have in his/her possession a valid Connecticut hunting license, a spring season turkey permit and written permission from the landowner. The adult mentor shall not carry a firearm, but may assist in calling. Hunting is from one-half hour before sunrise until 12:00 noon, except on junior turkey hunting training days, when hunting shall be allowed from one-half hour before sunrise until 5:00pm. The season bag limit shall be three bearded wild turkeys.
– No person shall take or attempt to take any wild turkey by participating in a cooperative drive or assist in hunting, pursuing or killing of wild turkeys without a validated permit. This provision shall not prohibit a hunter that has harvested all of the turkeys allowed under their permit from calling for another hunter with a valid turkey permit. No person shall hunt or assist with the hunting of wild turkey on private land without carrying dated written permission of the landowner for the current season.
– Allows spring wild turkey hunters to obtain both a private land and a state land permit.
– Changing the permit dates from the calendar year to a July–June season more adequately reflects the needs and activities of falconers. All new falconers are required to capture a bird during its first passage year in the months of September-December. New permittees therefore always begin their activities in the fall. Based on the current system of issuing permits on a calendar year cycle, a new falconer can get a three year permit but they can not utilize their permit for the first eight months of the first calendar year. Thus, new falconers pay for a three year permit that is only valid for a little over two years.
– In most states falconers are only required to carry their own state falconry permit, their federal falconry permit and to purchase a small game hunting license to bring their bird into another state for hunting purposes. To date, Connecticut is the only state that requires a non-resident falconry permit in addition to a small game hunting license for non-resident falconers to hunt in our state. In Connecticut, a small game nonresident hunting license costs $67 and the current nonresident falconry permit fee is $75, thus, it would cost a minimum of $142 for a non-resident falconer to bring their bird to Connecticut for the purpose of hunting or exercising their bird. Since 2005 when Connecticut’s Falconry program started 16 residents have become licensed with the help of non-resident falconers who agreed to provide CT Falconers with training and a sponsorship. To date, no non-resident permits have been issued due to the high fees and application requirements. The CT Falconry Association has requested that this fee be reduced in order to make our program more equitable with our surrounding states and to provide an opportunity for Connecticut sponsors to hunt in Connecticut for a reasonable fee. Currently the fee for non-resident CT falconers to hunt in New York is $55, in Massachusetts $65, Rhode Island $45, and New Jersey either $135 for the season or $35 for a three day permit. By reducing our fee to $14 annually, non-resident falconers will still be spending a minimum of $81 to hunt with their bird in Connecticut for a one year period.
– Changes the permit dates from the calendar year to a July – June season more adequately reflects the needs and activities of falconers. Existing falconers typically hunt small game and thus are hunting with their bird from September until March. Based on the current system of issuing permits on a calendar year cycle, falconers must send a hunting report for the months of September – December and then again at the end of the season in March or April. By changing the dates of the permit issuance, a falconer will need only to report their hunting activities once a year rather than send in reports twice a year. It also means that their permits will not expire in the middle of the hunting season but instead, at a time of year when they are typically inactive.
– The DEP has modernized its methods for hunters to report the harvest of deer. Currently, the only methods of reporting are by mail and mandatory check stations. New methods of reporting may include automated telephone and internet reporting. The department desires to implement more efficient reporting techniques as new technologies become available. By removing specific reporting techniques from regulation and having sportsmen refer to the annual hunting and trapping guide for reporting requirements, the department will be more flexible in implementing new technologies. Also, the current regulations require that all deer taken during the 21 day shotgun/rifle season, be taken to a check station. The primary reason for requiring that deer be brought to check stations is to obtain harvest estimates and to collect biological data. The department feels that they can reduce the number of days that they require sportsmen to bring deer to a check station without compromising harvest estimates or biological data. By removing specific required check station days from regulation and having sportsmen refer to the annual hunting and trapping guide for the days they would be required to bring harvested deer to a check station, the department can reduce the number of mandatory check station days.
– 1) Allows archery hunters on private lands to use their archery permits and bow and arrow to hunt for deer during the shotgun/rifle season. Hunters using a bow and arrow during the firearms deer season will be required to wear fluorescent orange clothing as described in Section 26-66-1(r) (State areas designated as bowhunting only while hunting from an elevated stand more than ten feet from the ground.);
– 2) extends the muzzleloader deer season on private land to the end of December; and
– 3) establishes a second junior deer hunting training day.

07-30-2009, 06:39 PM
Looks like we are moving in the right direction.

07-30-2009, 09:12 PM
maybe sunday hunting and a bear lottery will be next year!