First, thank you for your prompt reply.
I had seen that statute before, but it appears ambiguous to me, especially considering the last line:
"All carrying or use of weapons is subject to applicable provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes and regulations adopted there-under."
Compared to the first line:
"Hunting or carrying of firearms" ... "is not permitted in any state park or forest except as authorized by the Department of Environmental Protection."
If I am to look to Connecticut statutes to know how to proceed, then it would be legal to carry as long as I have a valid pistol permit. But then you have the first line which surely seems targeted at hunting, and I am sure is the intent of the statute.
So I guess my question comes down to:
How would one go about being "authorized by the Department of Environmental Protection" to carry a firearm in a state park if that person does not wish to hunt but possesses a valid permit to carry a firearm in the state of Connecticut?