Squirrel and early goose hunting season began in Connecticut on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with archery deer season set to start again in two weeks, state officials said.

“The leaves are beginning to change, the morning’s have a crisp feeling in the air. You know what that means...” a Facebook post from the state’s Environmental Conservation police said on Monday. “No, not pumpkin spice time, but hunting season is upon us!”

Hunting small game starts about half an hour before sunrise and continues until about half an hour before sunset, police said.

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

Hunters participating in the early goose season are allowed to have an unplugged shotgun in September. Lead shot is prohibited.

On Sept. 15, archery deer season reopens on Sundays for all zones on private land only.

Officials said archery hunters should remember it is prohibited to be in possession of a gun while archery hunting.

Archery hunters are exempt from wearing orange between Sept. 15 and Nov. 17, as well as from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31. Hunting hours run from half an hour before sunrise to sunset.

As hunting begins again across the state, police urged hikers to wear some type of orange during the hunting season. Any four-legged friends joining the hike should also wear an orange collar or bright bandanna.

“Everyone, have fun and hunt safe,” Environmental Conservation police said.

Additional details on hunting in Connecticut can be found online.

Anyone who sees hunting-related violations can call the 24/7 dispatch line at 860-424-333