Small Game Hunting Roadmap
What you need to know to small game hunt in Connecticut
Required Firearms Safety Training
Complete or have completed a Traditional or Self-Study Firearms Class
Reciprocal certification from another state
Required Bow Hunting Training
CT Bow Hunting course
Certification is reciprocal from many states
Learn more here!
Call 860-424-3011 for assistance.
- 10, 12, 16, 20, 28, or 410 gauge
- #2-8 shot depending on game species
- Non-toxic shot may be required by specific game or area
- .36 caliber maximum on state land
- No larger caliber than .22 rimfire on state land
- Crossbows are required to have a 125 lb. draw weight and 18 inch bolts
- Bows are not required to meet a minimum draw weight for small game
- Single projectile ball or pellet only
- Firearm regulations otherwise apply
- Sturdy footwear
- GPS or other navigation aid
- 400 sq. inches of blaze orange
Review the CT Hunting and Trapping Guide to check bag limits, season dates, and hunting hours.
- Small Game and Deer Archery Permit
- Firearms Hunting License
- Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp (pheasant, grouse, quail, partridge, chukar)
- Migratory Game Bird Conservation Stamp (crow, woodcock, rails)
Head into the Field!
Visit the 206,000+ acres of public land available for small game hunting in the state!
Content last updated in January 2023.