Planning on doing some hunting in Connecticut this year? Whether you're a seasoned pro or a complete beginner, it's important to familiarize yourself with the state's hunting regulations and licensing requirements.

In this blog post, we'll provide an overview of everything you need to know in order to legally hunt in Connecticut. So read on to learn more!

Hunting In Connecticut

If you're looking for a great place to hunt, Connecticut is the perfect state. With its diverse landscape and abundance of game, there's something for everyone. Here's what you can expect when hunting in Connecticut.

The first thing you'll notice about hunting in Connecticut is the diverse landscape. From the rolling hills of the Litchfield region to the dense forests of the northeastern corner of the state, there's a variety of terrain to explore. And with over 1.5 million acres of public land, you'll never run out of new places to try.

Connecticut is home to a plethora of game, including deer, turkey, bear, and waterfowl. Whether you're a seasoned hunter or just getting started, you're sure to find success in the state. And with over 100 registered hunting clubs, there's always someone around to help you out or offer advice.

Hunting in Connecticut is a great way to explore the state and connect with nature. So get out there and give it a try! You won't be disappointed.

Connecticut Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 15-Dec. 31**
Shotgun/Rifle Public Land: Nov. 17-Dec. 7
Landowner: Nov. 1-Dec. 31
Private Lands: Nov. 17-Dec. 7
Muzzleloader Private Land: Dec. 8-31
State Land:  Dec. 8-21

**Season dates vary by zone

Connecticut Turkey Seasons

Fall Archery Private Land: Sept. 15-31
State Land: Sept. 15-Nov. 16 and Dec. 22-Dec. 31
Fall Firearms Oct. 2-30

**Season dates vary by zone

Connecticut Small Game Seasons

Cottontail Rabbit and European Hare Oct. 16-Dec. 31
Gray Squirrel Sept. 1-Dec. 31
Snowshoe Hare  
Woodchuck March 16-Nov. 16
Chuckar Partridge Oct. 17-Dec. 31
Quail Oct. 17-Nov.2
Pheasant Oct. 17-Dec. 31
Ruffed Grouse Oct. 17-Nov. 30

 

How To Get A Hunting License In Connecticut?

Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Hunter Education Certificate in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt.

  1. Complete the Connecticut hunter education certification requirements.
  2. Choose the correct license type.
  3. Buy the license through the Connecticut Game and Fish Commission website or an Arkansas–approved retailer.

Connecticut License Expiration

Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis and expire on December 31st. Fees for licenses are charged for Connecticut residents and non-residents. Senior Citizens age 65 or older may obtain a free Lifetime License. People with disabilities or loss/use of a limb can also be issued a free license.

Where to Buy an Connecticut Hunting License

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.

Other Northeast States Hunting Seasons

Connecticut Hunting Seasons
Delaware Hunting Seasons
Maine Hunting Seasons
Maryland Hunting Seasons
Massachusetts Hunting Seasons
New Hampshire Hunting Seasons
New Jersey Hunting Seasons
New York Hunting Seasons
Pennsylvania Hunting Seasons
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