CT Outdoor Guide Books

Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, and Boating

Being a responsible user of the Connecticut outdoors means staying informed of, and complying with, the current laws and regulations.

Connecticut DEEP's outdoor field guides make it easy to find and follow the laws and regulations that apply to you. And now, Connecticut's Fishing and Hunting Guides are online in an easy-to-use ebook version. The digital formats will allow you to quickly check a regulation, confirm legal hunting hours, look up best practices and more – from anywhere, anytime. Stay tuned! Printed hunting and fishing guides will be scaled back and available in limited quantities (learn more).

Visit our Online Outdoor Licensing System to purchase licenses, permits, and stamps, and check hunter safety and boating certifications.

Connecticut Fishing Guide

Please Note: Due to pending changes to the freshwater sportfishing regulations resulting from the passage of Public Act 21-12 in May of 2021, the Fishing Guide will not be printed in 2022. All freshwater sportfishing regulations remain the same as they were in 2021 (as of April 13, 2022). We expect to have the proposed regulations before the Legislative Regulations Review Committee during summer 2022. We will keep you posted as soon as the changes are  codified. For up to date summaries of the regulations, please refer to the ebook versions (links provided below). Questions about the regulations may be sent to mike.beauchene@ct.gov

2022 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide

2022-2023 Connecticut Migratory Bird Hunting Guide

Boater's Guide

Other Related Information

In 2020, we printed over 200,000 fishing and hunting guides, of which very few were distributed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many outdoor users learned how to use the DEEP website to find their information. With over 70% of the U.S. population currently using smartphones, our agency's mission clearly directed us to make a shift to reduce waste. And, while we are still printing some fishing and hunting guides (available at most town clerks, DEEP offices, and license agent locations in limited quantities), we are asking you to do your part and make use of the convenient and responsible digital options.

Content last updated in June 2022.