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2021 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide


The links on the left page menu are the "table of contents" for the Online 2021 Hunting Guide; use them to find the appropriate sections you are interested in. A PDF option of the Hunting Guide is below. Printed Hunting and Trapping Guides are available at many locations that sell licenses and are released in mid-December each year.

Please note that the purpose of the Hunting and Trapping Guide is to provide a summary of the more important rules and regulations governing hunting and trapping in Connecticut and to assist in the enjoyment of your outdoor experience. For legal purposes, the Regulations and State Statutes must be consulted.

Check out our What Is New webpage throughout the year to get the latest changes and updates related to hunting in Connecticut, including new hunting areas, changes to existing hunting areas, possible new regulations, and more. 

Cover of the 2021 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide

Useful Links for Hunting and Trapping

2021 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide (PDF version -- optional)

2021 Hunting Season Summary (From 2021 printed guide)

2020 Connecticut Deer Program Summary

NOTE: Online permits for Permit-Required Hunting Areas (except for Yale Forest) are available through the Online Outdoor Licensing System. New this year, all permits launch at 7:00 AM. (This information is not included in the printed version of the Hunting Guide. Permits previously launched at 12:01 AM.)

2021 Deer Lottery Update: The 2021 State Land and Controlled Hunt Lottery closed on January 30. On March 15, at 9:00 a.m., any unsold lottery permits can be purchased online on a first-come, first-serve basis. All unsold lottery permits must be purchased at the end of the transaction. (Instructions for purchasing unsold lottery permits) Deer lottery questions can be directed to It is recommended that when applying for the deer lottery through the online licensing system, use a desktop computer or switch to the desktop view on your mobile device. (More details on unsold 2021 Deer Lottery Permits)

Tagging and Reporting Deer and Turkey Harvests 

Buy Your License Online

Take a Firearms or Bowhunting Safety Course

Sign up for Hunter Highlights, an electronic newsletter dedicated to hunting and trapping in Connecticut.

Connecticut Wildlife Magazine -- subscribe to the Bureau of Natural Resources' bimonthly magazine. 

Contact the Wildlife Division

Sunrise/Sunset Table for 2021

New to hunting or interested in taking up the activity again? The Hunting Roadmap helps you get started!

Hunters: Help Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade 

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Main Hunting and Trapping Webpage

Content last updated in August 2021.