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    New to Connecticut! Turkey and Deer Hunting.

    Hello all... I just moved to the great state of Connecticut from Mississippi and let me tell you it's cold up here. Just a small price to pay to be with the woman I love. Anyways, I have enjoyed reading the forums on the cthuntingnshooting site and decided to register today. I have a couple questions that maybe some of you could answer. 1. If I get the archery sportsman license does that include turkey hunting with a shotgun? I really just want to bow hunt deer and turkey hunt with a shotgun. 2. Are there any good state lands close to Vernon, CT that hold deer and specifically a lot of turkeys? 3. How hard is it to lease land in CT or do most people just have permission for private places? Any insight on getting private land or any advice in general would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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    Welcome! I'm in Vernon and grew up in Ellington (one town over). Dragged my bride up from Nashville. There are pockets here and there but the good stuff is further out of town.

    I'll be looking for turkey really for the first time this spring - maybe we can team up.

    Spring turkey shotgun and bow overlap but I believe you have to purchase both licenses.

    Good luck!


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    Welcome aboard Bishop. 'great state of Connecticut'. Huh? What have you heard?
    If you get the supersport archery, that does not include shotgun for turkeys. You would need to get a firearms lic. also.
    Not too much leasing going on up here, we ask landowners for permission and offer to share game or help with anything they need, for good landowner relations. Basically, kiss their butts for good places to hunt, lol.
    State Forest close to Vernon: Tankerhoosen Wildlife Management Area
    Shenipsit State Forest and Nye Holman State Forest are close too.
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    Welcome aboard. You should have stayed in Mississippi though!

    TMH gave you7 a few ideas on state land close to your area, none are loaded with deer or turkeys so get used to having to work for them. I hunt the Shenipsit a lot and have for about 20 years so if you have a specific question on a spot drop me a PM and I'll try to help you out.

    You can get the maps from DEEPs website: http://www.depdata.ct.gov/wildlife/m....asp?deepNav=|

    The spring turkey permit that comes with the Archery Super sport is only valid on private land. You would need to buy a separate state land spring turkey permit to use on state land. AS TMH said, you would also need your firearms license to use the spring turkey permit while hunting with a shotgun. The spring permit is good for either using a bow or shotgun, you just need the appropriate licenses as well.

    There is also a fall archery turkey permit that you can buy seperate that is good for State and Private land during the fall archery season.

    You'll be missing hunting in Mississippi at the end of this season for sure.

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    Hey there,
    Im in Manchester, right next door,Tankerhoosen wma is in vernon, it just opened to hunting last year, so the critters in there shouldnt be to wise to hunters. ive seen all of the above in there, never when ive been hunting though unfortunately. If you wana see deer and turkeys in vernon just drive down valleyfalls rd. anytime after march, the fields there are loaded with em( believe it or not ive even found bear crap back there, pics to prove it) , cant hunt them though, but the wma is only a 1/4 mile away. the turkeys i got last yr. i took from private land in andover and state land in glastonbury. unfortunately you'll have to take a bunch of classes and do a bunch of paperwork to be able to hunt or even buy ammo in this backwards ass state. Let me know come spring time I've been in this area almost all my life and know a lot of good woods to scout/hunt, but like passinthru said, you'll probly miss turkey hunting back in Mississippi buy the end of the season. for me turkey hunting was very hit or miss, one a.m I had birds roost above my blind(perfect) other days you would hear them come off the roost a couple hundred yards away, then not make a peep, or answer a call of any kind for the rest of the day. or season for that matter! ....welcome aboard.,
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    Welcome to our great state of rules, regulations & taxes! Like everyone else said, have fun.

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    Welcome to the Forum.
    This is very,very far from a "great state". I'm planning on leaving in a few years.
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    First off, welcome to the Socialist Republic of CT, and more importantly, CTHS, you'll be missing your home state very soon, I assure you. I have been here since '76 and have the plan in motion already to leave in 2018, for southern pastures. Can't wait, but I have to for my kids to get through high school.

    Here's a link to the 2014 CT DEEP Hunting & Trapping Field Guide

    On you questions, here's my take:

    1. If I get the archery sportsman license does that include turkey hunting with a shotgun? I really just want to bow hunt deer and turkey hunt with a shotgun.

    No. Archery & Firearms hunting permits are completely different. If you took the Firearms Safety course in your home state and have the certificate (critical, must have the certificate, and it must be the Conservation Education/Firearms Safety certification), you can go to Session Woods (possibly other places) to get your firearms license and have your Conservation ID created. Read the filed guide I linked to above and that should clarify most of your questions on this topic, after your head stops spinning.

    2. Are there any good state lands close to Vernon, CT that hold deer and specifically a lot of turkeys?

    It's hit or miss on many state forests, but they are out there, gotta put in the effort and time these days. Not a bad thing for a newcomer, learn the woods, learn the critters, and you'll score.

    Check out the state lands in your area via this link, it is a map of the zones and you can drill down in your area.

    Connecticut State Hunting Areas

    3. How hard is it to lease land in CT or do most people just have permission for private places? Any insight on getting private land or any advice in general would be greatly appreciated.

    Leased land is pretty uncommon, for the most part, in CT. Private land is the holy grail in recent years. Talk to people, ask around, and keep at it, but be polite and professional. Remember, CT is a liberal state and we are loaded with gun fearing, anti-hunting folk, believe me. In some areas, the anti-hunters will put in effort to foul your hunts, mess with your equipment, and in some cases, harass you (which is illegal in this state). Getting private land permission can be tough in some areas, and in areas where it is not soo brutal, most, if not all, is often already being hunted by others with permission. You must have written permission, on the state supplied form, to hunt private land.
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    Welcome to the site

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    A big welcome to you!! Lots of good people can be found here with lots of experience and knowledge to help with any questions etc..

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