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Connecticut Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in Connecticut, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and hunt zones. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

Deer, turkey, and small game are the most popular hunting species in Connecticut, with a notable amount of public lands open to hunting.

Terrain

Roughly two-thirds of Connecticut is open land. In the east, there are coastal plains and most of the cities. Other parts are hilly with hardwood forests.

Connecticut Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Coyote
Coyote
No closed season. No limit.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery All Private Land
All zones.
Sep 15, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery All State Land 1
Sep 15, 2022 Nov 15, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery Only State Land
State Land Bowhunting only areas
Sep 15, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Shotgun Landowner
Nov 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Shotgun, Rifle, and Revolver
Private lands.
Nov 16, 2022 Dec 6, 2022
Deer
Deer – State Land No-Lottery
Nov 16, 2022 Dec 6, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader State Land
State lands.
Dec 7, 2022 Dec 20, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader Private Land
Private lands.
Dec 7, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery All State Land 2
Dec 21, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery Late Private Land
Zone 11 and 12.
Jan 1, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck – Scaup South Zone 1
Daily bag limit of 1. See regulations.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 12, 2022
Duck
Duck – Scaup North Zone 1
Daily bag limit of 1. See regulations.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Duck
Duck – Early North Zone
Daily bag limit of 6 in aggregate. See regulations.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Duck
Duck – Early South Zone
Daily bag limit of 6 in aggregate. New restrictions on Mallard bag limit. See regulations.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 12, 2022
Duck
Duck – Scaup North Zone 2
Daily bag limit of 1. See regulations.
Nov 11, 2022 Dec 17, 2022
Duck
Duck – Late North Zone
Daily bag limit of 6 in aggregate. New restrictions on Mallard bag limit. See regulations.
Nov 11, 2022 Jan 11, 2023
Duck
Duck – Scaup South Zone 2
Daily bag limit of 1. See regulations.
Nov 18, 2022 Dec 29, 2022
Duck
Duck – Late South Zone
Daily bag limit of 6 in aggregate. New restrictions on Mallard bag limit. See regulations.
Nov 18, 2022 Jan 21, 2023
Duck
Duck – Scaup North Zone 3
Daily bag limit of 2. See regulations.
Dec 20, 2022 Jan 11, 2023
Duck
Duck – Scaup South Zone 3
Daily bag limit of 2. See regulations.
Dec 30, 2022 Jan 21, 2023
Fox
Fox – Gray & Red
Daily Limit: 3 combined.
Oct 15, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Goose
Goose – Early Canada Goose North Zone
Daily bag limit of 15. See regulations.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – Early Canada Goose South Zone
Daily bag limit of 15. See regulations.
Sep 15, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – Early Snow Goose North Zone
Daily bag limit of 25. Includes blue geese.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 14, 2023
Goose
Goose – Early Snow Goose S
Daily bag limit of 25. Includes blue geese.
Oct 1, 2022 Nov 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – NAP-H Early
North and south zone. Daily bag limit of 2.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Goose
Goose – AFRP First
North and south zone. Daily bag limit of 5.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Goose
Goose – AP Early North
North zone only. Canada goose daily bag limit of 2.
Oct 10, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Goose
Goose – AFRP Second
North and south zone. Daily bag limit of 5.
Nov 11, 2022 Dec 7, 2022
Goose
Goose – AP Late North
North zone only. Canada goose daily bag limit of 2.
Nov 11, 2022 Dec 8, 2022
Goose
Goose – NAP-H Late
North and south zone. Daily bag limit of 2.
Nov 11, 2022 Jan 11, 2023
Goose
Goose – AFRP Third
North and south zone. Daily bag limit of 5.
Dec 21, 2022 Feb 15, 2023
Goose
Goose – Late Snow Goose South Zone
Daily bag limit of 25. Includes blue geese.
Jan 6, 2023 Mar 10, 2023
Goose
Goose – Special Late Canada Goose South Zone
South zone only. Daily bag limit of 5.
Jan 16, 2023 Feb 15, 2023
Goose
Goose – Late Snow Goose North Zone
Daily bag limit of 25. Includes blue geese.
Feb 21, 2023 Mar 10, 2023
Grouse
Ruffed Grouse
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 30, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant
Oct 15, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail
Oct 15, 2022 Oct 31, 2022
Rabbit
Rabbit – Cottontail
Oct 15, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbit – Snowshoe Hare
Nov 19, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring
All lands.
Apr 28, 2022 May 29, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery All State Land 1
Sep 15, 2022 Nov 15, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery Only State Land
State Land Bowhunting only Areas.
Sep 15, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery All Private Land
All zones.
Sep 15, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Firearms
All lands. State Land: 1 either sex. Private Land/Landowner: 2 either sex.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery All State Land 2
Dec 21, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery Late Private Land
Zone 11 and 12.
Jan 1, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Upland Bird
Chukar & Hungarian Partridge
Oct 15, 2022 Feb 28, 2023

Connecticut Licenses, Permits and Regulations

Connecticut hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every Connecticut hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. Connecticut hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of hunt zones, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for Connecticut.

Hunt Management Zones

Connecticut has 12-plus deer/turkey management hunt zones. Research shows that the best hunting for big whitetail bucks is in the westernmost part of the state. Connecticut’s whitetail population is 125,000 strong, and, interestingly, if a hunter were to participate in all the archery and firearm seasons one could potentially harvest up to 14 deer in a year. Click below to view Connecticut’s hunt zones in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

CT Private Lands Preview

CT Private Lands

Over 1,100,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in Connecticut. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

CT Gov Lands Preview

CT Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 310,000 acres in Connecticut to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

CT Possible Access Preview

CT Possible Access

onX has mapped of possible access lands in Connecticut including timber companies and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.

CT Deer & Turkey Zones  Preview

CT Deer & Turkey Zones

Connecticut Deer / Turkey Zones. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

CT Public Hunting Areas Preview

CT Public Hunting Areas

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection State Land Restrictions and Hunting Areas. All hunters are expected to know the rules of the program.


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