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Connecticut Hunting Seasons 2023

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Connecticut hunting seasons for 2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

Connecticut Hunting Seasons

CT Hunting

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 and is known for it's whitetail deer and waterfowl hunting.

Hunting season dates, bag limits and regulations will vary but we did our best to outline the key info and high level information below. For specific details reference the state website at

CT Hunting Season Dates 2023

CT Deer Hunting Seasons 2023

CT Bow Hunting / Archery Deer Hunting Season

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

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. 

CT Firearm Deer Hunting 2023

Private Land MuzzleloaderDec. 8 – Dec. 31See Below*
Private Land Shotgun/Rifle/RevolverNov. 17 – Dec. 7See Below*
State Land MuzzleloaderDec. 8 – Dec. 211 Either Sex

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 Season 2023

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.

Small Game Hunting Seasons CT 2023

Chuckar Partridge: Oct. 17-Dec. 31

Quail: Oct. 17-Nov.2

Pheasant: Oct. 17-Dec. 31

Ruffed Grouse: Oct. 17-Nov. 30

Cottontail Rabbit and European Hare: Oct. 16-Dec. 31

Gray Squirrel: Sept. 1-Dec. 31

Woodchuck: March 16-Nov. 16

Connecticut Hunting Zones 2023

See the map below for a breakdown of CT's hunting zones:

Connecticut Bag Limits 2023

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.

Connecticut Hunting License 2023

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

Connecticut Hunting Regulations 2023

Hunting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.

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.

Helpful Resources

Official State Site:

Can you hunt on Sundays in CT?

Yes, hunting on Sundays is allowed in CT.

How do I get a hunting license in CT?

CT hunting licenses can be purchased 24/7 on the DEEP’s Online Outdoor Licensing System here.

When is hunting season in CT?

Hunting seasons vary in CT but Archery deer season starts Sept. 15 in CT.

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