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Waterfowl Hunting Roadmap

What you need to know to waterfowl hunt in Connecticut

Wood ducks

Required Firearms Safety Training

Complete or have completed a Traditional, Self-Study, or Modified Firearms Class


Reciprocal certification from another state

Register here!

Call 860-424-3015 or 860-418-5952 for assistance.

Legal Equipment


  • 10, 12, 16, 20, 28, or 410 gauge
  • 3 shell maximum capacity for most situations


  • Non-toxic shot required
  • Maximum shot size of BB steel or #2 alloy 

Suggested Equipment

  • Waders
  • Boat and PFD
  • Blind
  • Decoys
  • Calls
  • Knife or shears
  • GPS or other navigational aid
Check Regulations

Review the CT Hunting and Trapping Guide and Migratory Bird Hunting Guide to check bag limits, season dates, and hunting hours

400 sq. inches of blaze orange may be required

Purchase required license:

  • Firearms Hunting License
  • Applicable Stamps:
    • Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp (hunters 12 and older)
    • Federal Duck Stamp (hunters 16 and older)
Head into the Field!

Visit the thousands of acres of public fields, marshes, lakes, rivers, ponds, and coastal waters available for waterfowl hunting in the state! (List of state-owned waterfowl hunting areas and Hunting Area Maps)

Don't forget to report bands at


Content last updated on December 31, 2020.