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Migratory Game Bird Hunting

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Crow Hunting

Season Dates: Hunting only on certain days.

  • Jan. 13 – March 24: Mon. through Sat.
  • Aug. 11 – Oct. 13: Wed., Fri., Sat.
  • Oct. 20 – Dec. 1: Wed., Fri., Sat.

Bag Limits: No limit

Hunting Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset; except on Oct. 20 (7:00 a.m. until ½ hour after sunset.

License and Permits: Firearms or Archery Hunting License and a Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp.

Legal Firearms: See firearms and ammunition regulations on Hunting Laws & Regulations.

Special Conditions

  • Federal Regulations: In addition to Connecticut hunting laws, migratory bird hunters are subject to all Federal Laws and Regulations.
  • Crow Hunting: While crow hunting from a stationary position, a hunter is exempt from the fluorescent orange clothing regulation (see Hunting Laws & Regulations).

Woodcock, Snipe, and Rail Hunting

Season Dates See Migratory Bird Hunting Guide

Bag Limits See Migratory Bird Hunting Guide

Hunting Hours See Migratory Bird Hunting Guide

License and Permits Firearms or Archery Hunting License and a Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp.

Legal Firearms Shotguns are the only firearms which may be used. Shotguns must be capable of holding no more than 3 shells. See ammunition regulations for shotguns on Hunting Laws & Regulations.

Special Conditions

  • Federal Regulations: In addition to Connecticut hunting laws, migratory bird hunters are subject to all Federal Laws and Regulations.
  • Non-Toxic Shot: Non-toxic shot is required for hunting rails. The maximum size shot allowed is BB for steel and #2 for other federally approved non-toxic shot types.

Waterfowl Hunting

Species Duck, Merganser, Goose, Coot

Season Dates See Migratory Bird Hunting Guide

Bag Limits See Migratory Bird Hunting Guide

Hunting Hours See Migratory Bird Hunting Guide

License & Permits Firearms or Archery Hunting License and Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp. Junior Hunters (ages 12–15) are no longer exempt and must now obtain the Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp. A Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp also is required for hunters 16 years or older. See Licenses & Permits for information about obtaining the Connecticut stamp. Note: federal waterfowl stamps are not valid unless signed in ink on the face of the stamp.

Legal Firearms Shotguns are the only firearms which may be used. Refer to the Migratory Bird Hunting Guide for regulations regarding the number of shells a shotgun may hold.

Special Conditions

  • Non-Toxic Shot: Non-toxic shot is required for hunting waterfowl, coot, and rails. The maximum size shot allowed is BB for steel and #2 for other federally approved non-toxic shot types.
  • Possession of Lead Shot: Possessing lead shot while waterfowl hunting is a violation.
  • Federal Regulations: In addition to Connecticut hunting laws, waterfowl hunters are subject to all Federal Laws and Regulations.
  • No Hunting Buffer Zone: While hunting in tidal areas from land or from floating blinds anchored to land or rock positions, the no hunting buffer zone around permanent buildings is 250 feet (see 500-foot regulation on Hunting Laws & Regulations).
  • Fluorescent Orange Clothing: While hunting waterfowl from boats or stationary positions, a hunter is exempt from the fluorescent orange clothing regulation (see Hunting Laws & Regulations).
  • Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Days: See Migratory Bird Hunting Guide.