Small Game Hunting Roadmap

What you need to know to small game hunt in Connecticut

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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.

Legal Equipment


  • 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

Air Guns

  • Single projectile ball or pellet only
  • Firearm regulations otherwise apply

Suggested Equipment

  • Sturdy footwear
  • Knife/shears
  • GPS or other navigation aid
  • 400 sq. inches of blaze orange
Check Regulations

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

Purchase appropriate license:

  • Small Game and Deer Archery Permit


  • Firearms Hunting License


Appropriate stamps:

  • 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 2024.