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.
Public Hunting Area List (From 2021 printed guide. Includes information on type of hunting permitted, town, acreage, and any special conditions.)
Bowhunting on Aquarion Water Company Property
As part of the Aquarion Water Company's deer management plan, the Conservation Land Committee will permit bowhunting for deer this year on approximately 4,397 acres of land in the Centennial Watershed State Forest. Specific details, maps, and an application to receive an access permit can be found on the Aquarion Water Company website. A limited number of access permits will be issued free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
- 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
Online permits ONLY (except for Yale Forest). Permits are available through the Online Outdoor Licensing System. New this year, all permits launch at 7:00 AM. (Not reflected in the printed version of the guide. Permits previously launched at 12:01 AM).
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
Centennial Watershed State Forest, Garder Rd., Monroe Block (93 acres)
Permits for small game available starting at 7:00 AM, August 27, 2021.
Small Game and Waterfowl Only
Meriden Rod and Gun Club (1,364 acres)
Southington, CT: 860-621-8145
NU-Skiff Mountain Cooperative WMA (732 acres)
Pequonnock Valley (162 acres)
Hunting on Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat. only from Oct. 16, 2021, through the third Saturday in December.
Sessions Woods WMA (771 acres)
Permits for fall archery deer and turkey hunting are available starting September 10, 2021, at 7:00 AM.
Waterfowl blind closed for repairs. Fall archery deer and turkey and spring and fall firearms turkey hunting allowed with a daily permit.
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.
Seymour Fish and Game Club (91 acres)
Stanley Works Cooperative WMA (1,464 acres)
Suffield Sportsmen’s Association (240 acres)
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.
Hunter access to this area is by permit only. Permits are available on Connecticut's Outdoor Licensing System. Permits for archery deer and turkey are available starting September 10, 2021, at 7:00 AM.
Wallingford Town Owned Area (823 acres)
Hunting on Mon., Wed., and Sat. only from Oct. 16, 2021 through Feb. 27, 2022, and Thanksgiving Day.
East Windsor-Enfield Area (209 acres)
Hebron Area (94 acres)
Lebanon Coop. Mgmt. Area (212 acres) Goose Field Permits
Goose field permittees may bring up to 2 guests. Permits will be issued after the corn fields are harvested.
Lebanon Coop. Mgmt. Area Marsh Permits
(Small game and waterfowl)
Norwich Fish and Game (549 acres)
Sprague Town Land PR Area (620 acres)
Game bird and migratory bird hunting only. Steel shot must be used for all species.
Woodstock Permit-Required Area (200 acres)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-354-3170.
Content last updated in August 2021.