By Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States
On June 1, HB 5360 was sent to Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy for his consideration. The bill would expand Sunday deer hunting opportunities for hunters in the Nutmeg State, among other provisions.
In 2015, legislation championed by the Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus was signed into law, which allowed Sunday hunting for deer with archery tackle. However, provisions in the legislation only granted such allowances in deer management zones that have been deemed overpopulated by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (at the time, 11 of 13 zones). This legislation removes those stipulations, allowing Sunday bow hunting for deer on private property throughout the state, provided the hunter obtains written permission from the landowner and does not hunt within 40 yards of a blazed hiking trail.
Governor Malloy will either sign this bill into law or veto it before June 15.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (11.67%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (11.67%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (65.00%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (11.67%)