Squirrel, early goose season kicks off in CT

Squirrel and early goose hunting season kicked off in Connecticut on Tuesday, and bow deer season will start again in two weeks, state officials said.

“The leaves are starting to turn, the mornings have a fresh feeling in the air. You know what that means…” a Facebook post from the state Environmental Conservation police said Monday. “No, it’s not pumpkin spice time, but hunting season is upon us!”

Small game hunting begins about a half hour before sunrise and continues until about a half hour before sunset, police said.

Small game hunters are reminded of the requirement to wear 400 inches of fluorescent orange above the waist that can be seen from all sides. Waterfowl hunters are exempt from this requirement only when hunting from a boat, blind spot, or other stationary location.

Hunters participating in early goose season can have a shotgun unplugged in September. Lead shooting is prohibited.