Connecticut Hunting Seasons, 2016-2017


Connecticut may be a small state, but it has a large variety of game to hunt throughout the year. Turkey and deer are popular choices for hunters, but the state’s waterfowl also reign supreme. While Connecticut doesn’t allow bear hunting, outdoors enthusiasts and hunters have the chance to glimpse these magnificent mammals throughout the year.

The Northeast region of the US has some of the best weather, scenery, hunting, and American history. Connecticut is no exception.

 

Deer Seasons – Bowhunting

Private Land (Zones 11-12)

Jan. 1-31

Private Land (All Zones)

Sept. 15-Dec. 31

State Land Bowhunting Only Areas

Sept. 15-Dec. 31

State Land

Sept. 15-Nov. 15
Dec. 21-31

Archery-Only Controlled Hunt Lottery

Sept. 15-Nov. 15

Deer Seasons – Rifle/Shotgun

Shotgun – No Lottery “A” Season
State Controlled Areas

Nov. 16-25

Shotgun – No Lottery “B” Season
State Controlled Areas

Nov. 26-Dec. 6

Shotgun/Rifle – Lottery “A” Season
State Land and Controlled Hunt

Nov. 16-25

Shotgun/Rifle – Lottery “B” Season”
State Land and Controlled Hunt

Nov. 26-Dec. 6

Shotgun/Rifle
Private Lands

Nov. 16-Dec. 6

Shotgun/Rifle
Landowner

Nov. 1-Dec. 31

Deer Seasons – Muzzleloader

Private Land

Dec. 7-31

State Land

Dec. 7-20


Turkey Seasons

Spring Season

Apr. 27-May 28

Fall Season – Archery
Private Land Zones 11-12

Jan. 1.-30

Fall Season – Archery
Private Land All Zones

Sept. 15-Dec. 31

Fall Season – Archery
State Land Bowhunting Areas Only

Sept. 15-Dec. 31

Fall Season – Archery
State Land

Sept. 15-Nov. 15
Dec. 21-31

Fall Season – Firearms

Oct. 1-31

Small Game Seasons

Cottontail Rabbit

Jan. 1-Feb. 29

European Hare

Oct. 15-Dec. 31

Gray Squirrel

Jan. 1-Feb. 29
Sept. 1-30
Oct. 15-Dec. 31

Snowshoe Hare

Jan. 1-30
Nov. 19-Dec. 31

Woodchuck

Mar. 14-Apr. 26
May 30-Oct. 7
Oct. 15-Nov. 15

Gamebird Seasons

Chukar Partridge

Jan. 1-9
Oct. 15-Dec. 31

Crow

Jan. 9-Mar. 26 (Mon through Sat)
Aug. 13-Oct. 7 (Wed, Fri, Sat)
Oct. 15-Nov. 30 (Wed, Fri, Sat)

Pheasant*

Jan. 1-Feb. 29
Oct. 15-Dec. 31

Quail

Oct. 15-Oct. 29

Ruffed Grouse

Oct. 15-Nov. 30

*Connecticut no longer requires separate tags for pheasant hunting, but you must receive a pheasant hunting stamp on your hunting license or small game permit. Stamps are printed directly onto your permit.

Connecticut’s hunting permits vary in cost, but most can be purchased online through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s website. Junior hunters and hunters age 16 and 17 often receive discount prices on permits, stamps and tags.