OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5366

AN ACT AUTHORIZING SUNDAY BOW HUNTING OF DEER ON PRIVATE PROPERTY THROUGHOUT THE STATE.

SUMMARY

This bill expands the area where Sunday bow and arrow deer hunting is permitted to private land throughout the state instead of only in overpopulated deer management zones determined by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). The bill also eliminates a related provision requiring the hunting to be done in accordance with DEEP's wildlife management principles and practices.

As under existing law, the hunter must have the private landowner's written permission to hunt there and carry it while hunting. The hunting also cannot take place within 40 yards of a blazed (i.e., clearly marked) hiking trail.

By law, no one can hunt deer by bow and arrow without first obtaining a DEEP bow and arrow permit. Hunters must also comply with associated deer hunting regulations, which address such things as the open season, reporting requirements, and bag limits. A violation of the Sunday hunting law is a class D misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in prison, a fine of up to $250, or both (CGS 26-81).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

BACKGROUND

Deer Management Zones

DEEP has identified 13 deer management zones throughout the state and currently estimates that 10 of the zones are overpopulated. DEEP considers a zone overpopulated if it has at least 20 deer per square mile.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

19

Nay

10

(03/14/2018)