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2017 Connecticut Hunting Seasons

A tradition for many families, hunting is an exciting escape into nature. Your reward of patiently waiting in a tree stand or hunting blind is the satisfaction of taking responsibility for your own food, or finally bagging that trophy buck. Discount Ramps has all the hunting dates for Connecticut, and the necessary hunting equipment to ensure a successful year.

This is a general guide. For more information, review the full 2017 Connecticut Hunting & Trapping guide (PDF).

Gamebirds

Season Season Dates
Pheasant Jan. 2 - Feb. 28
Oct. 21 - Dec. 30
Chukar and Hungarian Partridge Jan. 2 - Feb. 28
Oct. 21 - Dec. 30
Ruffed Grouse Oct. 21 - Nov. 30
Quail Oct. 21 - Nov. 4
Crow Jan. 14 - Mar. 25 (Mon through Sat)
Aug. 12 - Oct. 13 (Wed, Fri, Sat)
Oct. 21 - Nov. 29(Wed, Fri, Sat)

Small Game Mammals

Season Season Dates
Gray Squirrel Jan. 2 - Feb. 28
Sep. 1 - Dec. 30
Cottontail Rabbit
European Hare
Jan. 2 - Feb. 28
Oct. 21 - Dec. 30
Snowshoe Hare Jan. 2 - Jan. 31
Nov. 18 - Dec. 30
Woodchuck Mar. 15 - Nov. 15

Furbearers

Season Season Dates
Coyote Jan. 2 - Dec. 30
Red and Gray Foxes Jan. 2 - Feb. 28
Oct. 21 - Dec. 30
Raccoon and Opossum Jan. 2 - Jan. 21
Oct. 21 - Dec. 30

Turkey

Season Hunting Land Season Dates
Spring Turkey State Land
Private Land
Landowner
Apr. 26 - May 27
Fall Turkey Archery Private Land (zones 11-12) Jan. 2 - Jan. 31
Fall Turkey Archery Private Land (all zones) Sep. 15 - Dec. 30
Fall Turkey Archery State Land Bowhunting Only Areas Sep. 15 - Dec. 30
Fall Turkey Archery State Land Sep. 15 - Nov. 14
Dec. 20 - Dec. 30
Fall Turkey Firearms State Land
Private Land
Landowner
Oct. 7 - Oct. 31

Deer

Season Hunting Land Season Dates
Deer Bowhunting Private Land (zones 11-12) Jan. 1 - Jan. 31
Deer Bowhunting Private Land (zones 2, 3, 4A) Sep. 15 - Dec. 30
Deer Bowhunting Private Land (zones 1, 4B, and 5 through 12) Sep. 15 - Dec. 31
Deer Bowhunting State Land Bowhunting Only Areas Sep. 15 - Dec. 30
Deer Bowhunting State Land Sep. 15 - Nov. 14
Dec.20 - Dec. 30

Season Hunting Land Hunt Type Season Dates
Deer Shotgun State Controlled Areas No Lottery "A" Season Nov. 15 - Nov. 24
Deer Shotgun State Controlled Areas No Lottery "B" Season Nov. 25 - Dec. 5
Deer Lottery   Archery-Only Controlled Hunt Lottery Sep. 15 - Dec. 15
Deer Lottery State Land and Controlled Hunt Lottery "A" Season Nov. 15 - Nov. 24
Deer Lottery State Land and Controlled Hunt Lottery "B" Season Nov. 25 - Dec. 5
Deer Shotgun/Rifle Private Lands Shotgun/Rifle Nov. 15 - Dec. 5
Deer Shotgun/Rifle Private Lands Landowner Nov. 1 - Dec. 30
Deer Muzzleloader Private Land   Dec. 6 - Dec. 30
Deer Muzzleloader State Land   Dec. 6 - Dec. 19

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