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2021 Summary of Hunting Season Dates

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For further information regarding specific bag, possession, and season limits, please visit the pages noted in the table below. See Mentor a Junior Hunter for details on Junior Hunter Training Days.

Gamebirds

 

Season

Season Dates

Upland Birds

See Migratory Game Bird Hunting for limit information

Pheasant A

Jan. 1 – Feb. 27
Oct. 16 – Dec. 31

Chukar and Hungarian Partridge A

Jan. 1 – Feb. 27
Oct. 16 – Dec. 31

Ruffed Grouse A

Oct. 16 – Nov. 30

Quail A B

Oct. 16 – Oct. 30

Crow C

Jan. 9 – Mar. 31 (Mon. through Sat.)

Aug. 14 – Oct. 8 (Wed., Fri., Sat.)

Oct. 16 – Nov. 27 (Wed., Fri., Sat.)

Woodcock – Snipe – Rails C

See current Migratory Bird
Hunting Guide; State stamp required

Waterfowl C
(ducks, mergansers, geese, and coot)

See current Migratory Bird
Hunting Guide

State and federal stamps required

A Connecticut Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp required.

B See Migratory Game Bird Hunting for areas with extended season dates.

C Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp required.

Small Game Mammals

See Small Game Hunting for limit information.

Season

Season Dates

Gray Squirrel

Jan. 1 – Feb. 27
Sep. 1 – Dec. 31

Cottontail Rabbit
European Hare

Jan. 1– Feb. 27
Oct. 16 – Dec. 31

Snowshoe Hare

Jan. 1 – Jan. 30
Nov. 20 – Dec. 31

Woodchuck

Mar. 15 – Nov. 15

Furbearers

See Furbearer Trapping Seasons & Regulations for trapping seasons and regulations.

Season

Season Dates

Coyote

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

Red and Gray Foxes

Jan. 1 – Feb. 27
Oct. 16 – Dec. 31

Raccoon and Opossum

Jan. 1 – Jan. 16
Oct. 16 – Dec. 31

Junior Hunter Training Days

See Mentor a Junior Hunter for specific details.

Season

Season Dates

Junior Spring Wild Turkey

April 17 – 24, 2021 (excluding Sunday)

Junior Waterfowl

Two Saturdays in fall (see 2021–2022
Migratory Bird Hunting Guide for dates)

Junior Pheasant

October 9, 2021

Junior Deer

Nov. 6 – 13, 2021 (excluding Sunday)

 

Turkey

 

Season

Season Dates

Spring Turkey A

See Turkey Hunting for limit information

State Land
Private Land
Landowner

Apr. 28 – May 29

Fall Turkey Archery A

See Turkey Hunting for limit information

Private Land (zones 11–12)

Jan. 1 – Jan. 30

Private Land (all zones)

Sep. 15 – Dec. 31

State Land Bowhunting Only Areas

Sep. 15 – Dec. 31

State Land

Sep. 15 – Nov. 16

Dec. 22 – Dec. 31

Fall Turkey Firearms A

See Turkey Hunting for limit information

State Land
Private Land
Landowner

Oct. 2 – Oct. 30

A Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp required.

 

Deer

 

Season

Season Dates

Deer Bowhunting

See Deer Hunting Seasons for limit information

Private Land (zones 11–12)

Jan. 1 – Jan. 31

Private Land (All zones)

Sep. 15 – Dec. 31

State Land Bowhunting Only Areas

Sep. 15 – Dec. 31

State Land

Sep. 15 – Nov. 16
Dec. 22 – Dec. 31

Deer Shotgun –
State Controlled Areas

See Deer Hunting Seasons for limit information

No Lottery Season

Nov. 17 – Dec. 7

Deer Lottery

See Deer Lottery for lottery application and bag limit information

Archery-Only Controlled Hunt Lottery

Sep. 15 – Dec. 31

State Land and Controlled Hunt
Lottery “A” Season

Nov. 17 – Nov. 26

State Land and Controlled Hunt
Lottery Regular Season

Nov. 17 – Dec. 7

Deer Shotgun/Rifle – Private Lands

See Deer Hunting Seasons for limit information

Shotgun/Rifle/Revolver

Nov. 17 – Dec. 7

Landowner

Nov. 1 – Dec. 31

Deer Muzzleloader

See Deer Hunting Seasons for limit information

Private Land

Dec. 8 – Dec. 31

State Land

Dec. 8 – Dec. 21