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.
Useful Links for Hunting and Trapping
2021 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide (PDF version -- optional)
2021 Hunting Season Summary (From 2021 printed guide)
Trout Brook Valley WMA is open for wild turkey hunting during the Junior Hunter Training Days (April 17-24, excluding Sunday) and the regular spring season (April 28 May 29). Hunter access to this area is by permit only. Permits are available on Connecticut's Outdoor Licensing System. In addition, hunters must call the Wildlife Division (860-424-3011) to obtain a lock combination to access the hunter parking lot.
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 email@example.com. 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)
Revisions to the Pelt Tagging process have been put in place for the 2020-2021 Trapping Season due to COVID-19 precautions.
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.
New to hunting or interested in taking up the activity again? The Hunting Roadmap helps you get started!
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Content last updated on April 9, 2021.