Hunting Seasons

Hunting Season is always a special time of the year. Whether you are planning on waiting patiently in a deer stand to bag that trophy buck or sitting knee deep in the marsh hoping to bag a band. Being able to take advantage of all the hunting seasons is why The Waterfowl Hunter has put together the hunting dates for Connecticut.

These dates serve as a general guide for more specific hunting visit Connecticut Hunting and Trapping. 

Gamebirds

SeasonSeason Dates
PheasantJan. 2 – Feb. 28
Oct. 21 – Dec. 30
Chukar and Hungarian PartridgeJan. 2 – Feb. 28
Oct. 21 – Dec. 30
Ruffed GrouseOct. 21 – Nov. 30
QuailOct. 21 – Nov. 4
CrowJan. 14 – Mar. 25 (Mon through Sat)
Aug. 12 – Oct. 13 (Wed, Fri, Sat)
Oct. 21 – Nov. 29(Wed, Fri, Sat)

Small Game Mammals

SeasonSeason Dates
Gray SquirrelJan. 2 – Feb. 28
Sep. 1 – Dec. 30
Cottontail Rabbit
European Hare
Jan. 2 – Feb. 28
Oct. 21 – Dec. 30
Snowshoe HareJan. 2 – Jan. 31
Nov. 18 – Dec. 30
WoodchuckMar. 15 – Nov. 15

Furbearers

SeasonSeason Dates
CoyoteJan. 2 – Dec. 30
Red and Gray FoxesJan. 2 – Feb. 28
Oct. 21 – Dec. 30
Raccoon and OpossumJan. 2 – Jan. 21
Oct. 21 – Dec. 30

Turkey

SeasonHunting LandSeason Dates
Spring TurkeyState Land
Private Land
Landowner
Apr. 26 – May 27
Fall Turkey ArcheryPrivate Land (zones 11-12)Jan. 2 – Jan. 31
Fall Turkey ArcheryPrivate Land (all zones)Sep. 15 – Dec. 30
Fall Turkey ArcheryState Land Bowhunting Only AreasSep. 15 – Dec. 30
Fall Turkey ArcheryState LandSep. 15 – Nov. 14
Dec. 20 – Dec. 30
Fall Turkey FirearmsState Land
Private Land
Landowner
Oct. 7 – Oct. 31

Deer

SeasonHunting LandSeason Dates
Deer BowhuntingPrivate Land (zones 11-12)Jan. 1 – Jan. 31
Deer BowhuntingPrivate Land (zones 2, 3, 4A)Sep. 15 – Dec. 30
Deer BowhuntingPrivate Land (zones 1, 4B, and 5 through 12)Sep. 15 – Dec. 31
Deer BowhuntingState Land Bowhunting Only AreasSep. 15 – Dec. 30
Deer BowhuntingState LandSep. 15 – Nov. 14
Dec.20 – Dec. 30

 

SeasonHunting LandHunt TypeSeason Dates
Deer ShotgunState Controlled AreasNo Lottery “A” SeasonNov. 15 – Nov. 24
Deer ShotgunState Controlled AreasNo Lottery “B” SeasonNov. 25 – Dec. 5
Deer LotteryArchery-Only Controlled Hunt LotterySep. 15 – Dec. 15
Deer LotteryState Land and Controlled HuntLottery “A” SeasonNov. 15 – Nov. 24
Deer LotteryState Land and Controlled HuntLottery “B” SeasonNov. 25 – Dec. 5
Deer Shotgun/RiflePrivate LandsShotgun/RifleNov. 15 – Dec. 5
Deer Shotgun/RiflePrivate LandsLandownerNov. 1 – Dec. 30
Deer MuzzleloaderPrivate LandDec. 6 – Dec. 30
Deer MuzzleloaderState LandDec. 6 – Dec. 19