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2021 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide


Public and Permit-Required Hunting Areas


Access to Permit-Required Hunting Areas is regulated by agreement with private landowners, towns, state agencies, water companies, universities, non-profits, and cooperating sportsmen’s clubs. Most Permit-Required Hunting Areas are open to the public from the third Saturday in October through the last day of February for small game and waterfowl hunting by special permit and are subject to certain restrictions. Hunting during any other period requires landowner permission unless specifically noted as open. Access to some DEEP-owned lands is also regulated through a permit system. Maps describing each Permit-Required Area are available on the CT Interactive Hunting Area Map. Permit-Required Hunting Areas are posted with yellow plastic signs designating the properties under agreement. Note: Some areas are only accessible with a permit issued directly from the entity that owns or manages the property.

CT Interactive Hunting Area Map

Public Hunting Area List (From 2021 printed guide. Includes information on type of hunting permitted, town, acreage, and any special conditions.)

Correction: The website for applying to bowhunt for deer on South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority property is incorrect in the printed version of the 2021 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide. The correct website is https://www.rwater.com/learn-more/sustainable-solutions/our-water-sources.

New Property Added to Salmon River State Forest Now Open for Hunting: Salmon River State Forest recently expanded by 207.68 acres when DEEP acquired the Lord property with the help of funds from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program. A portion of the property borders Jones Hollow Road and Parker Road in Marlborough. The boundary of the new property has been marked with state land markers and “Hunting Permitted” signs. Check DEEP’s Interactive Hunting Area Map to find the new location and types of hunting allowed (the PDF map of Salmon River State Forest will be updated in the near future). Note: This property was not included in the printed version of the 2021 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide. The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program is funded by hunters and those who participate in shooting sports. Any properties acquired with Federal Aid funds are for the approved purpose of protecting in perpetuity, wildlife and wildlife habitat and to allow compatible wildlife associated recreational uses.

Daily Permits and Mandatory Survey - Permittees are required to submit a hunter survey when using these areas. Hunter surveys are attached to the permit or available online.

Issuance of Daily Permits - Vendors who issue daily permits are noted on the CT Interactive Hunting Area Map and the Permit Vendor List.

  • Permits are issued free-of-charge to any persons holding valid hunting licenses and who are not eligible for "season" permits.
  • Each permit is valid for one licensed sportsman (unless it is a goose field, waterfowl blind, or weekend pheasant permit) for a specified time frame and location.
  • Daily permits are "first-come, first-serve." Once the daily quota is met, no more permits can be made available for that day.
  • Junior hunters may hunt on Permit-Required areas when accompanied by a licensed person at least 18 years of age. Junior hunters must obtain their own permit unless they are hunting pheasants with an AM/PM Saturday permit holder.

Online Issuance of Daily Permits: Daily permits for most Permit-Required Hunting Areas can be obtained for free online. These permits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only one online permit can be obtained per selected hunting date. To see which areas have online permitting, consult the Permit Vendor List or the CT Interactive Hunting Area Map.

To get a daily permit for most areas, you must log into your hunter profile on the Online Outdoor Licensing System. Once there, you will need to select the OTHER or the BIRDS AND WATERFOWL tab at the top of the page. You should then see a list that includes DAILY PERMITS. If you select ADD, you will see several days worth of permits, along with a list of areas where permits are still available. You can add one permit per day to your cart. You must CHECK OUT to add the daily permit to your license. There is no fee, but you will need to reprint your license and carry it with you to verify that you have a permit for the correct location and date. Instructions for Online Purchases

Firearms Restrictions - Rifles of any caliber or shotgun ammunition larger or heavier than #2 shot and hunting with any pistol or revolver of any caliber are prohibited on permit-required hunting areas, except by landowners, lineal descendants, and regular employees. Waterfowlers hunting from a boat, blind, or stationary position may use up to and including BB size steel shot.

Saturday Pheasant Hunting Permits - Saturday permits are required October 16 - November 13, 2021, at select areas listed below. These areas will be stocked the listed Saturday mornings and afternoons and will only be open to hunters with a Saturday permit. Saturday permits for these areas will only become available on the Online Outdoor Licensing System the Monday preceding the Saturday hunts, starting at 7:00 AM (new this year and not reflected in the printed version of the 2021 CT Hunting Guide). Specific details about these permits and pheasant hunting in general can be found on the Pheasant Hunting webpage.

  • Cromwell Meadows WMA
  • NU-Skiff Mountain Coop. Area     
  • Naugatuck State Forest (Hunter's Mtn. Block)     
  • Simsbury WMA
  • Nathan Hale State Forest
  • Durham Meadows WMA

Permit-Required Area Permit Vendors: State-owned, State-leased, and State-managed Lands

Online permits are available through the Online Outdoor Licensing System.

Western Connecticut

Bristol Fish and Game Association (1,397 acres)
Open from the third Saturday in October until the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day for pheasant hunting ONLY
Online Permitting ONLY

Centennial Watershed State Forest, Garder Rd., Monroe Block (93 acres)
Small Game and Waterfowl Only
Online Permitting ONLY

Meriden Rod and Gun Club (1,364 acres)
Southington, CT: 860-621-8145
Online Permitting ONLY

NU-Skiff Mountain Cooperative WMA (732 acres)
Online Permitting ONLY

Pequonnock Valley (162 acres)
Hunting on Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat. only from Oct. 16, 2021, through the third Saturday in December.
Online Permitting ONLY 

Sessions Woods WMA (771 acres)
Waterfowl blind closed for repairs. Fall archery deer and turkey and spring and fall firearms turkey hunting allowed with a daily permit.
Sessions Woods is open to junior hunters participating in the Spring Turkey Junior Hunter Training Days on April 17-24, excluding Sunday. Firearms hunting is permitted in the northern section only. View the Sessions Woods hunting area map for more information. Permits are available on Connecticut's Outdoor Licensing System.
Online Permitting ONLY

Seymour Fish and Game Club (91 acres)
Online Permitting ONLY

Stanley Works Cooperative WMA (1,464 acres)
Online Permitting ONLY

Suffield Sportsmen’s Association (240 acres)
Online Permitting ONLY

Trout Brook Valley (300 acres)
Daily permits are issued for all hunting seasons except State Land Shotgun deer season. Prior to each season, call 860-424-3011 to obtain the combination code for the access gate.
The area is open for wild turkey hunting during the Junior Hunter Training Days (April 17-24, excluding Sunday) and the regular spring turkey season (April 28 May 29). Hunter access to this area is by permit only. Permits are available on Connecticut's Outdoor Licensing System.

Online Permitting ONLY

Wallingford Town Owned Area (823 acres)
Hunting on Mon., Wed., and Sat. only from Oct. 16, 2021 through Feb. 27, 2022, and Thanksgiving Day.
Online Permitting ONLY

Eastern Connecticut 

East Windsor-Enfield Area (209 acres)
Online Permitting ONLY

Hebron Area (94 acres)
Online Permitting ONLY 

Lebanon Coop. Mgmt. Area (212 acres) Goose Field Permits
Goose field permittees may bring up to 2 guests. Permits will be issues after the corn fields are harvested.
Online Permitting ONLY

Lebanon Coop. Mgmt. Area Marsh Permits
(Small game and waterfowl)
Online Permitting ONLY

Norwich Fish and Game (549 acres)
Online Permitting ONLY 

Sprague Town Land PR Area (620 acres)
Game bird and migratory bird hunting only. Steel shot must be used for all species.
Online Permitting ONLY

Woodstock Permit-Required Area (200 acres)
Online Permitting ONLY

Yale Forest (7,700 acres)
Note: All the available Yale Forest access permits for the 2021 Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Seasons have been allocated. Small game/waterfowl permit issuance will be resume prior to the fall seasons.
Open for small game, waterfowl, and turkey hunting with a season permit. This area is not open for Junior Hunter Training Days. To obtain a season permit, contact Joe Orefice at joseph.orefice@yale.edu or 518-354-3170.

 

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Content last updated on May 7, 2021.