Hunting Program

The Land Trust has partnered with the Town of Lyme to cooperatively administer a hunting program on some of our preserves as part of our stewardship management plan. 

Much of Lyme’s forestland is experiencing deer browse damage to the valuable understory vegetation. Controlled hunting protects vibrant habitats, decreases the number of wildlife related car accidents, helps decrease the spread of tick-related diseases, and provides access for a traditional use of open space in Lyme. Hunters pay a special tax on hunting equipment which funds federal wildlife projects like turkey restoration. A limited number of permits are granted to licensed hunters. All State laws and safety regulations are followed.

Hunters are asked to seek alternatives to lead ammo. Lead is toxic to humans and lethal for many scavengers such as bald eagles. It also can contaminate the soil and seep into the ground water.

Preserves Where Hunting Occurs

  • Beebe Preserve
  • Chestnut Hill Preserve
  • Hand-Smith (Bow only)
  • Hilles Preserve, East and West
  • Jewett Preserve
  • Johnston Preserve
  • Mount Archer Woods, Eno, and Pickwick’s Preserve
  • Plimpton Preserve
  • Slawson Preserve

Regulations and Permits

HUNTING POLICIES For hunting regulations, requirements and for permit application instructions: Hunting Policies with Season Chart and Map 2022.

CONSENT FORMS For partly filled out consent forms (there are several pages): Pre-filled Hunting Consent Forms 2022

Use alternatives to lead ammo when available. Information on No lead hunting.
No lead hunting information from New York State DEC

TO APPLY Consent to hunt may be granted to licensed hunters by request by mail or drop off at the Town Hall to the Open Space Coordinator of the Town of Lyme. Include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your application. (Email requests not accepted.)

Contact: openspace@townlyme.org.

Open Space Coordinator,
Lyme Town Hall,
480 Hamburg Rd,
Lyme CT 06371

Hunting Seasons

Spring Turkey Hunting Season: April 27 to May 28, 2022: Monday through Thursday, 1/2 hour before sunrise to noon; the preserves where hunting occurs are open to non-hunting users during that time. Please note that no hunting is allowed in these preserves on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays during this season.
Fall Deer and Turkey Bow Hunting Season: September 15 to November 15, 2022 and December 21, 2022 to January 31, 2023: Monday through Thursday, 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset; the preserves where hunting occurs are open to non-hunting users during that time. Please note that no hunting is allowed in these preserves on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays during this season.
Turkey Fall Shotgun Season: October 1 through October 31, 2022: Monday through Thursday, 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset; the preserves where hunting occurs are open to non-hunting users during that time. Please note that no hunting is allowed in these preserves on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays during this season.
Deer firearm Season: November 16 through December 20, 2022; Monday through Friday, 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset; Preserves where deer firearm hunting occurs are closed to all other users, except for Saturday and Sunday when no hunting is allowed.

The Nature Conservancy coordinates a deer hunt at Selden Creek Preserve; however, the preserve will not be closed because the hunting area is safely separated from the part of the preserve with public trails.

Hunting on State property is allowed with a State permit. On State property, hunting is allowed every day, during hunting seasons, except Sunday. The preserves remain open to all users. Be aware and always wear bright colors.

Practice caution and wear bright colors in the woods during hunting seasons.

Information about hunting seasons, public hunting areas, laws, and regulations is in the Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide, which is available at all town halls, license agents, and also here.

Maps for Hunters

Photo Credit: Skip Broom
Hunters preserve maintenance work party - Photo Credit:Wendolyn Hill
Johnston Rock wal group 043022
Johnston Stone Walkway Project- Photo Credit: Wendolyn Hill