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DEEP Announces Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons Dates

Special September Resident Canada Goose Season Opens September 1 in North Zone, Other Season Details Available on DEEP Website

(HARTFORD, CT) –Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced the dates for the 2022-2023 migratory bird hunting seasons, which include seasons for ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, rails, and crows.  

The Special September Resident Canada Goose Season opens on September 1, 2022, in the North Zone and September 15 in the South Zone. The regular duck season opens on October 8. Specific details on season dates, bag limits, regulations, and other reminders are published in the 2022-2023 Migratory Bird Hunting Guide, which is available online at Printed versions can be obtained at town clerk and select DEEP offices. 

There are several new changes to the migratory bird hunting regulations this year and that information can be found at The big change for Connecticut regulations involves the Atlantic Population (AP) Canada goose seasons. The regular season bag limit and season length across the entirety of the AP harvest zones in the Atlantic Flyway remain unchanged (30-day season, 1 bird bag). However, based upon goose distribution data from band returns, a late season will be enacted in the Connecticut AP harvest zone. This new late season targets Atlantic Flyway resident population geese and will begin in late December, 2022, and run until February 15, 2023, with a daily bag limit of 5 geese. 

Reminders for 2022-2023 – The 2022 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp, which includes the Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit, costs $17 ($9 for junior hunters ages 12 to 17) and can be purchased at town clerk offices, some outdoor equipment vendors, and online at The stamp must be obtained by ALL migratory bird hunters (regardless of age) who plan tohunt waterfowl, rails, snipe, woodcock, and crows. The 2022 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp will expire on December 31, 2022. In addition to purchasing a new hunting license, hunters must also purchase the 2023 Stamp before January 1, 2023, if they plan to hunt into the early portion of 2023. All of the proceeds from the Connecticut Migratory Bird Stamp go into a dedicated account that is to be used solely for wetland habitat management and acquisition or for improving hunter access. 

The HIP was changed in 2020 to address issues identified across the country with data entry at third party vendors. Now, all hunters purchasing at a third-party vendor must answer the HIP screening questions themselves by calling 1-877-337-4868 or going to This change affects approximately 15% of Connecticut hunters. Most hunters already fill out the HIP online. 

Waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older are required to purchase a federal Duck Stamp in addition to the Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp. Federal Duck Stamps are available from many local post offices for $25.00. Hunters under the age of 16 do not need to purchase a Federal Duck Stamp to hunt waterfowl. 

Hunters should also report waterfowl leg bands. Band return information provides vital data for the continued sound management of the waterfowl resource. Report bands to the U.S. Geological Survey at



Connecticut will hold Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Dayson Saturday, October 1, and November 5, 2022. Participants must be 17 years of age or younger. Junior hunters 12 to 15 years old must possess a valid junior small game hunting license and a Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp. Sixteen and 17-year-old hunters must have a valid hunting license, a 2022 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp, and a 2022-2023 federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. Adults (at least 18 years of age or older) must accompany junior hunters and possess a valid hunting license; however, they are not allowed to hunt waterfowl. Ducks, geese, mergansers, and coots may be hunted. Bag limits and shooting hours are the same as for the regular duck and goose hunting seasons. 

DEEP’s Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Program has developed a Junior Hunter webpage that provides information on junior hunter events and opportunities. Check out the webpage for more details at

Canada Geese

Photo: Canada Geese Paul J. Fusco/CT DEEP-Wildlife Division 

The September Canada goose hunting season, which opens on September 1, provides the opportunity to harvest resident geese that breed and spend the majority of their lives in Connecticut. The season is scheduled at a time when most migrant geese have not yet entered the state. 

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