Connecticut OKs Sunday bow hunting

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HARTFORD – Connecticut bow hunters scored a bullseye in the state Senate Wednesday with approval of legislation permitting Sunday deer hunting by bow and arrow on private property in certain deer management zones in Connecticut beginning this October, just in time for deer season. The deal struck a blow to animal protection groups that have beaten back similar efforts for years.

Sunday deer hunting with a bow and arrow on private land in overpopulated deer management zones, which the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) determines, is now allowed. There are 13 deer management zones in Connecticut; 11 of them are deemed “overpopulated,” meaning there are more than 20 deer per square mile.

The bow hunting cannot take place within 40 yards of a clearly marked hiking trail.

The bill passed the House of Representatives on a 113-32 vote and the Senate on a 28-8 vote and now heads to Governor Malloy for his signature of the bill into law. If signed by the governor, the new bow and arrow Sunday hunting on private land season would take effect October 1; fall archery deer bow hunting season in Connecticut runs September 15 through November 17.