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

Season Season Dates
Pheasant Jan. 2 – Feb. 28
Oct. 21 – Dec. 30
Chukar and Hungarian Partridge Jan. 2 – Feb. 28
Oct. 21 – Dec. 30
Ruffed Grouse Oct. 21 – Nov. 30
Quail Oct. 21 – Nov. 4
Crow Jan. 14 – Mar. 25 (Mon through Sat)
Aug. 12 – Oct. 13 (Wed, Fri, Sat)
Oct. 21 – Nov. 29(Wed, Fri, Sat)

Small Game Mammals

Season Season Dates
Gray Squirrel Jan. 2 – Feb. 28
Sep. 1 – Dec. 30
Cottontail Rabbit
European Hare
Jan. 2 – Feb. 28
Oct. 21 – Dec. 30
Snowshoe Hare Jan. 2 – Jan. 31
Nov. 18 – Dec. 30
Woodchuck Mar. 15 – Nov. 15

Furbearers

Season Season Dates
Coyote Jan. 2 – Dec. 30
Red and Gray Foxes Jan. 2 – Feb. 28
Oct. 21 – Dec. 30
Raccoon and Opossum Jan. 2 – Jan. 21
Oct. 21 – Dec. 30

Turkey

Season Hunting Land Season Dates
Spring Turkey State Land
Private Land
Landowner
Apr. 26 – May 27
Fall Turkey Archery Private Land (zones 11-12) Jan. 2 – Jan. 31
Fall Turkey Archery Private Land (all zones) Sep. 15 – Dec. 30
Fall Turkey Archery State Land Bowhunting Only Areas Sep. 15 – Dec. 30
Fall Turkey Archery State Land Sep. 15 – Nov. 14
Dec. 20 – Dec. 30
Fall Turkey Firearms State Land
Private Land
Landowner
Oct. 7 – Oct. 31

Deer

Season Hunting Land Season Dates
Deer Bowhunting Private Land (zones 11-12) Jan. 1 – Jan. 31
Deer Bowhunting Private Land (zones 2, 3, 4A) Sep. 15 – Dec. 30
Deer Bowhunting Private Land (zones 1, 4B, and 5 through 12) Sep. 15 – Dec. 31
Deer Bowhunting State Land Bowhunting Only Areas Sep. 15 – Dec. 30
Deer Bowhunting State Land Sep. 15 – Nov. 14
Dec.20 – Dec. 30

 

Season Hunting Land Hunt Type Season Dates
Deer Shotgun State Controlled Areas No Lottery “A” Season Nov. 15 – Nov. 24
Deer Shotgun State Controlled Areas No Lottery “B” Season Nov. 25 – Dec. 5
Deer Lottery Archery-Only Controlled Hunt Lottery Sep. 15 – Dec. 15
Deer Lottery State Land and Controlled Hunt Lottery “A” Season Nov. 15 – Nov. 24
Deer Lottery State Land and Controlled Hunt Lottery “B” Season Nov. 25 – Dec. 5
Deer Shotgun/Rifle Private Lands Shotgun/Rifle Nov. 15 – Dec. 5
Deer Shotgun/Rifle Private Lands Landowner Nov. 1 – Dec. 30
Deer Muzzleloader Private Land Dec. 6 – Dec. 30
Deer Muzzleloader State Land Dec. 6 – Dec. 19