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Turkey Hunting

Hunting Regulations Icon Connecticut Hunting

TURKEY HUNTING SEASONS

Specific laws and regulations for each turkey season are below.

Spring Turkey Seasons

Season Dates

  • April 26 – May 27 State Land
  • April 26 – May 27 Private Land
  • April 26 – May 27 Landowner

Bag Limits

  • State Land: 2 Bearded birds
  • Private Land: 3 Bearded birds

Hunting Hours ½ hour before sunrise to 12 noon.

License & Permits Firearms hunting license or Small Game and Deer Archery Permit and a Connecticut Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp.

Legal Firearms Shotguns, 20 gauge or larger, with #4, 5, 6, 7 or 7½ shot. Shotguns must not be capable of holding more than 3 shells.

Legal Bows Mechanical string release devices are permitted.

Special Conditions

  • State Land Hunting:
  • Tagging and Reporting:
  • Private Land Permission: Signed written consent of the landowner on official forms for current season must be carried while hunting.
  • Decoys: Decoys may be used, but live decoys are prohibited.
  • Free Landowner Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp: Only available to persons owning 10 or more contiguous acres of land.
  • Junior Turkey Hunter Training Days: Saturday, April 15 through Saturday, April 22 (excluding Sunday).

Fall Archery Turkey Seasons

Season Dates

  • Jan. 2 – Jan. 31 Private Lands (Zones 11–12)
  • Sept. 15 – Dec. 30 Private Lands (All Zones)
  • Sept. 15 – Nov. 14 State Land
    Dec. 20 – Dec. 30
  • Sept. 15 – Dec. 30 State Land Bowhunting Only Areas

Bag Limit 2 Either Sex

Hunting Hours ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.

License & Permits Small Game and Deer Archery Permit and Connecticut Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp.

Legal Bows Mechanical string release devices are permitted.

Special Conditions

  • Tagging and Reporting:
  • Private Land Permission: Signed written consent of the landowner on official forms for current season must be carried while hunting.
  • Decoys: Decoys may be used, but live decoys are prohibited.
  • State Land Hunting:
  • Free Landowner Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp — only available to persons owning 10 or more contiguous acres of land.

Fall Firearms Turkey Seasons

Season Dates

  • Oct. 7 – Oct. 31 State Land
  • Oct. 7 – Oct. 31 Private Land
  • Oct. 7 – Oct. 31 Landowner

Bag Limits

  • State Land: 1 Either Sex
  • Private Land: 2 Either Sex

Hunting Hours ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.

License & Permits Firearms hunting license and a Connecticut Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp.

Legal Firearms Shotguns, 20 gauge or larger, with #4, 5, 6, 7 or 7½ shot. Shotguns must not be capable of holding more than 3 shells.

Special Conditions

  • State Land Hunting:
  • Tagging and Reporting:
  • Private Land Permission: Signed written consent of the landowner on official forms for current season must be carried while hunting.
  • Decoys: Decoys may be used, but live decoys are prohibited.
  • Free Landowner Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp — only available to persons owning 10 or more contiguous acres of land.

Turkey Hunting Prohibited Activities

  • The use of bait, electronic calling devices, live decoys or animals (including dogs) to hunt wild turkeys is prohibited. Except that a dog may be used to hunt turkey during the fall firearms season on private lands only.
  • You may not call turkeys for another hunter. Exceptions:
    • If you have a current Connecticut Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp with or without unused tags remaining, you may call for another hunter hunting with a Connecticut Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp.
    • If you have a current Connecticut Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp with or without unused tags remaining and a signed consent form for a private land parcel, you may call for another hunter hunting on that private land parcel.
  • You may not attempt to take turkeys by participating in a cooperative drive.
  • You may not shoot turkeys from a building or other permanent structure.
  • You may not shoot turkeys roosting in trees.

Tagging & Reporting Turkey Kills

Immediately upon killing a turkey, complete and sign a Harvest Tag and keep it with the carcass at all times. The Harvest Tag must remain with the turkey until it is cut up for consumption.

Turkey Hunter Surveys

Anybody who obtains a Connecticut Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp may be asked to respond to a survey concerning their turkey hunting activities. Even if you did not hunt, you should complete the survey. Information gathered from the survey is important to the management of Connecticut’s wild turkey population. Surveys may be conducted by mail, telephone, or the internet.

Turkey Hunting Seminars

Turkey hunting seminars are held each spring. Watch your newspaper and www.ct.gov/deep/hunting for times and locations of any additional seminars, or contact the Wildlife Division (860-424-3011) for further information.

FUNDAMENTAL RULES FOR SAFE GUN HANDLING: ACTT

The most common causes of hunting-related shooting incidents are failure to identify the target, shooter swinging on game, and careless handling of a firearm. ALWAYS follow these rules for safe gun handling:

  • Assume the firearm is LOADED.
  • Control the MUZZLE; keep the MUZZLE pointed in a safe direction.
  • Trigger: keep your finger off the TRIGGER until ready to shoot.
  • Target: be sure of the TARGET and what lies beyond.