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Wild Turkey Hunting Roadmap

What you need to know to turkey hunt in Connecticut

Displaying wild tom turkeys

Required Firearms Safety Training

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


Reciprocal certification from another state


Required Bow Hunting Training

CT Bow Hunting course


Certification is reciprocal from many states.

Register here!

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

Legal Equipment


  • 10, 12, 16, or 20 gauge


  • 4, 5, 6, 7, and/or 7 1/2 lead shot


  • 40 lb. minimum draw weight
  • Crossbow 125 lb. draw weight


  • 7/8" two blade broadhead or larger
  • 18" or longer crossbow bolt

Suggested Equipment

  • Camouflage clothing
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Seat or ground pad
  • Turkey calls
  • Knife/shears
  • GPS or other navigation aid
Check Regulations

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

Depending on the type of hunt and time of year, 400 sq. inches of blaze orange may be required.

Purchase appropriate license:

  • Small Game and Deer Archery Permit
  • Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp


  • Firearms Hunting License
  • Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp
Head into the Field!

Visit the 205,000+ acres of public land available for turkey hunting in the state!

Report your harvest through the Online Hunter Reporting Page or call 1-877-337-4868.


Content last updated on December 31, 2020.