About Hunting in Connecticut
Connecticut has some densely populated areas as well as some nice rural areas. It has a large amount of coast so it has great fishing but it also has some great hunting in parts of the state, especially the northwest.
Connecticut Archery Deer Hunting Seasons 2021
|Deer||Jan. 1 – Jan. 31||Private Lands (Zones 11–12)|
|Sept. 15 – Dec. 31||Private Lands (All zones)|
|Sept. 15 – Nov. 16|
Dec. 22 – Dec. 31
|Sept. 15 – Dec. 31||State Land Bowhunting Only Areas|
Bag Limit: 2 either sex and 2 antlerless (4 total); additional bag of 1 either sex and 1 antlerless (2 total) during the Jan. 1-31 season on private lands in zones 11 and 12.
Hunting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.
Connecticut Firearm Deer Hunting Seasons 2021
|Private Land Muzzleloader||Dec. 8 – Dec. 31||See Below*|
|Private Land Shotgun/Rifle/Revolver||Nov. 17 – Dec. 7||See Below*|
|State Land Muzzleloader||Dec. 8 – Dec. 21||1 Either Sex|
*Private Land Muzzleloader and Private Land Shotgun/Rifle/Revolver Bag Limits: Statewide: 1 Either Sex and 1 Antlerless; Zone 7: 1 Extra Antlerless; Zones 11 and 12: 2 Extra Antlerless; Zones 2 and 4a: 1 Either Sex (“Antlerless Only” tag NOT valid).
Connecticut Turkey Hunting Seasons 2021
|Spring Turkey||Apr. 28 – May 29||State Land, Private Land, Landowner||5 bearded birds (on private land or state land or a combination of both)|
|Fall Turkey Archery||Jan. 1 – Jan. 30||Private Land (zones 11–12)||2 either sex|
|Sep. 15 – Dec. 31||Private Land (all zones)||2 either sex|
|Sep. 15 – Dec. 31||State Land Bowhunting Only Areas||2 either sex|
|Sep. 15 – Nov. 16|
Dec. 22 – Dec. 31
|State Land||2 either sex|
|Fall Turkey Firearms||Oct. 2 – Oct. 30||State Land, Private Land, Landowner||3 either sex (on private land or state land or a combination of both).|
Understanding Connecticut’s hunting season
Before hunting in CT, you will need the following:
- A Connecticut hunting license (resident vs non-resident)
- Applicable permits (deer, goose, etc)
Connecticut Hunting License Costs
|Firearms Hunting License||$19||$91|
|Archery Deer/Small Game Hunting License||$41||$135|
Permit & Tag Costs
|Deer ‘A’ Season||$19||$68|
|Deer Regular Season||$19||$68|
|Private Land Shotgun/Rifle||$19||$68|
|Private Land Muzzleloader||$19||$68|
|State Land Muzzleloader||$19||$68|
Tips for Hunting in CT
- If hunting with a Free Landowner Permit or are aConnecticut resident hunting with a Private Land Shotgun/Rifle Permit you can use a revolver rather than a rifle or a shotgun to hunt deer on private lands of at least 10 acres in size.