NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk's hunting season, for most species, has begun. And the Norwalk Police Department reminds everyone to be safe. The 2011 hunting season runs through Jan. 21.
The legal hours to hunt are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset every day. Only shotguns are permitted, and the shot size must not exceed BB (.177-caliber) steel shot.
You must be at least 16 years old to hunt waterfowl and have:
• A Connecticut duck stamp, available from the town clerk or online via Sportsmen's Licensing system for $13.
• A federal duck stamp, available from the U.S. Post Office for $15.
• A HIP permit, available at City Hall or online. The fee is $4.
Hunting is allowed at Veterans Park as well as at Calf Pasture Beach and Shady Beach, along the shore below the high water mark (the highest of high tides) or from small boats.
You are not allowed to shoot at any person, domestic animal or buildings within range. You must also be 500 feet from an occupied building and 250 feet from flammable containers.
Anyone observing a violation can call the Norwalk Police Department at 203-854-3000 or the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at 1-800-842-4537. For more information, go online.