Connecticut Migratory Bird Hunting Guide


State-owned Waterfowl Hunting Areas


State-owned Waterfowl Hunting Areas

The following areas are open for waterfowl hunting. This list is not inclusive; however, it represents areas where a majority of waterfowl hunting occurs and that have good access. Maps and a full list of areas that are open to waterfowl hunting are on the hunting area map section of the DEEP website (select the query button on the top right of the map to obtain a list of areas open to waterfowl hunting).

Town

Waterfowl Hunting Area

Andover

Bishops Swamp WMA

Barkhamsted

Peoples State Forest

Bloomfield

Bloomfield Flood Control Area (Site 2)d

Burlington

Sessions Woods WMAd

Canaan

Robbins Swamp WMA

Canterbury, Plainfield

Quinebaug River WMA

Colchester

Salmon River State Forest (including Holbrook Pond)

Colebrook, Hartland

MDC-Colebrook Reservoir/Hogback Dam

Cornwall

Wyantenock State Forest

Cromwell, Middletown

Cromwell Meadows WMA

Durham

Durham Meadows WMA

East Haddam, Colchester

Babcock Pond WMAa

East Haddam, Haddam

Salmon River Cove and Haddam Neckb

East Lyme

Nehantic State Forestc

East Windsor, Enfield

East Windsor-Enfield Aread

East Windsor

Scantic River State Parkc, d

Eastford

Natchaug State Forestc

Eastford, Union, Ashford

Yale Forest (owned by Yale University)d

Enfield, Suffield

NU-Kings Island Cooperative WMA

Greenwich Stewart B. McKinney NWR (Calf Island Unit)e

Guilford

East River Marsh WMAb

Guilford

Great Harbor WMA

Haddam

Higganum Meadows WMA

Haddam

Cockaponset State Forestc

Hartland

Tunxis State Forest

Harwinton

Roraback WMA

Hebron

Raymond Brook Marsh

Kent

Housatonic River WMA

Killingly, Sterling

Ross Marsh WMA

Lebanon

Bartlett Brook WMA

Lebanon

Red Cedar Lake (Camp Moween)

Lebanon, Colchester

Lebanon Coop Mgmt. Aread

Lyme

Lord's Cove WMAb

Lyme

Nott Islandb

Lyme

Selden Neck State Park (Selden Island)b

Mansfield

Mansfield State-Leased Field Trial Area

Mansfield, Chaplin

Mansfield Hollow Lake (excluding State Park)

Middlefield

Black Pond WMA

New Harford

MDC-Greenwoods Pond

North Franklin

Franklin Swamp WMA

North Haven

 Quinnipiac River Marshb

Norwalk  Stewart B. McKinney NWR (Chimon and Sheffield Islands)e

Old Lyme

Roger Tory Peterson Wildlife Areab

Old Saybrook

Plum Bank Marsh

Old Saybrook

Ragged Rock Creek WMAb

Old Saybrook

South Coveb

Oxford, Beacon Falls

Naugatuck State Forest

Portland

Wangunk Meadows

Portland, etc.

Meshomasic State Forest

Ridgefield Bennett's Pond State Park

Salem

Zemko Pond WMA

Salisbury

East Twin Lakes Water Access Area

Scotland

Mohegan State Forest (including Waldo Tract)

Sharon

NU-Skiff Mtn. Coop WMA (leased from Eversource)d

Sharon

Housatonic State Forest

Simsbury

Simsbury WMA

Stafford

Ellithorpe Flood Control Area

Stafford

Shenipsit State Forest

Stonington

Barn Island WMA

Stratford

Stewart B. McKinney NWR (Great Meadows Unit)e

Stratford, Milford, Orange

Charles E. Wheeler WMAb

Thompson

West Thompson Dam (federal public land)

Tolland

Kollar WMA

Torrington

John Minetto State Park

Torrington

Paugnut State Forest

Torrington

Sunnybrook State Park (west of Newfield Rd.)

Union

Nipmuck State Forest

Voluntown

Pachaug State Forestc

a Handicap accessible blind available.
b Access by boat only.
c Some areas designated as firearm restricted, bowhunting only.
d Permit required. (Season permits for Bloomfield Flood Control Area Site 2, contact the Bloomfield Town Hall. Season permits for Yale Forest can be obtained by contacting Joe Orefice at joseph.orefice@yale.edu or 518-354-3170.)
e Permit required through Stewart B. McKinney NWR

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Content last updated in June 2022.