The Environment Committtee at the General Assembly will take up this bill tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building:
Section 1. (Effective from passage) Not later than February 1, 2014, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shall submit a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, on the establishment of a bear hunting season by lottery program. Such program shall provide for the purchase of a lottery permit, at a fee of ten dollars, that allows the permittee to participate in a lottery for the opportunity to receive a license, at a fee of two hundred dollars, to hunt bear in a location and during a season designated by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection. Such program shall provide for the designation of authorized bear hunting locations that coincide with the department’s deer management zones. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, a discussion of the intended season for such bear hunting season and a listing of the methods of take authorized pursuant to such program.