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

DeerJan. 1 – Jan. 31 Private Lands (Zones 11–12)
Sept. 15 – Dec. 31Private Lands (All zones)
Sept. 15 – Nov. 16
Dec. 22 – Dec. 31
State Land
Sept. 15 – Dec. 31State Land Bowhunting Only Areas
Click here for zone map

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 MuzzleloaderDec. 8 – Dec. 31See Below*
Private Land Shotgun/Rifle/RevolverNov. 17 – Dec. 7See Below*
State Land MuzzleloaderDec. 8 – Dec. 211 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 TurkeyApr. 28 – May 29State Land, Private Land, Landowner5 bearded birds (on private land or state land or a combination of both)
Fall Turkey ArcheryJan. 1 – Jan. 30Private Land (zones 11–12)2 either sex
Sep. 15 – Dec. 31Private Land (all zones)2 either sex
Sep. 15 – Dec. 31State Land Bowhunting Only Areas2 either sex
Sep. 15 – Nov. 16
Dec. 22 – Dec. 31
State Land2 either sex
Fall Turkey FirearmsOct. 2 – Oct. 30State Land, Private Land, Landowner3 either sex (on private land or state land or a combination of both).
*A Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp required.

Understanding Connecticut’s hunting season

Before hunting in CT, you will need the following:

  1. A Connecticut hunting license (resident vs non-resident)
  2. 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.