October 26, 2015

DEEP Provides Hunting Opportunities in Mohawk State Forest
Ziegler parcel in Goshen and Clark Pond area in Cornwall
offer hunting for first time

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says new hunting opportunities are being offered this year in two portions of Mohawk State Forest – the Ziegler parcel in Goshen and the Clark Pond parcel in Cornwall.

The 329-acre Ziegler parcel was opened to firearms deer and turkey, archery deer and turkey, small game, and waterfowl hunting. The 126-acre Clark Pond area was opened to deer and turkey bow hunting. The Ziegler parcel is near Eli Bunker Road and Thompson Road in Goshen. The Clark Pond area is near Great Hill Road and Clark Road in Cornwall.

“After a detailed and comprehensive evaluation by our Hunting Review Team, DEEP determined that hunting could be conducted in a safe and prudent manner on the Ziegler and Clark Pond parcels,” said Rick Jacobson, Director of the DEEP Wildlife Division. “Both of these parcels contain diverse habitats and provide excellent opportunities for regulated hunting – which is now taking place on those lands along with traditional hiking, birdwatching and snowshoeing enjoyed throughout Mohawk State Forest.”

Background on Mohawk State Forest

Mohawk State Forest is the sixth oldest state forest in Connecticut. It is located in the southern Berkshires of Litchfield County, in the towns of Cornwall, Goshen and Litchfield. The name comes indirectly from the Mohawk Indians, who did not live in the area but it is said that local tribes would light fires on top of the mountain to warn neighboring communities further south of approaching Mohawks.

The original 2,900 acres acquired from the White Memorial Foundation in 1927 was subject to deed restrictions limiting hunting opportunities. Through additional acquisitions, the forest now encompasses 3,703 acres and is known as the Mohawk State Forest/Mohawk Mountain State Park. Hunting is allowed on some of these newer portions, including – starting this fall – the Ziegler parcel, acquired in 1990 and the Clark Pond parcel, acquired in 1992.

2015/2016 Hunting Seasons and Dates (State-lands)

Ziegler Parcel
Deer Shotgun Lottery: Nov 18 - Dec 8, 2015
Muzzleloader: Dec 9 – Dec 22, 2015
Firearms Turkey: Oct 3 – Oct 31, 2015 and April 27 – May 28, 2016
Fall Archery Deer/Turkey: Sept 15 – Nov 17 and Dec 23 – Dec 31, 2015
Small Game Consult the 2015 Connecticut Hunting & Trapping Guide for specific season details.
Waterfowl Consult the 2015-2016 Migratory Bird Hunting Guide for specific season details.
Clark Pond
Deer Bowhunting Only: Sept 15 – Dec 31, 2015
Turkey Bowhunting Only: Sept 15 – Dec 31, 2015 and April 27 – May 28, 2016

Directions to Ziegler and Clark Parcels

Public access to these parcels is available to a limited number of vehicles. The Ziegler property is located in Goshen and can be accessed from roadside pull-offs along Eli Bunker Road and Thompson Road. The Clark Pond property is located in Cornwall and limited vehicle access is available along Great Hill Road and Clark Road.