DEEP: Migratory Bird Hunting Guide

2016-2017 Migratory Bird Hunting Guide
Bureau of Natural Resources
Wildlife Division

This guide provides a summary of the most pertinent laws and regulations concerning the hunting of migratory birds. No attempt has been made to employ the exact wording of laws and regulations, nor to provide their complete listing. For legal purposes, the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies and the General Statutes of Connecticut should be consulted.

The 2016-2017 Migratory Bird Hunting Guide will be published (web and printed version) in August 2016 once regulation changes related to the migratory bird hunting seasons are finalized. Season dates have been set and are published below. Stay tuned for updates. 

{Black Duck}
2016-2017 MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING GUIDE
Open Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits


Changes from 2015 are highlighted in bold
(All Dates Inclusive - Except Sundays)
NORTH ZONE: The portion of the state north of Interstate 95
SOUTH ZONE: The portion of the state south of Interstate 95.
SHOOTING HOURS: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except for the September Goose Season, when shooting hours end one-half hour past sunset.

 
Species Season North
Zone
South
Zone
Daily Bag
Limit
Possession
Limit
Ducks, Mergansers
and Coots
Early
Oct 8-Oct 15
Oct 8-Oct 11
Ducks 6A,B
Coots 15
18A,B
45
Late
Nov 10-Jan 10
Nov 16-Jan 20
Sea DucksC
  (Scoter, Oldsquaw, Eider)
- -
Nov 12-Jan 20
5D 15D
Canada GeeseE
September

Sep 1-Sep 30

Sep 13-Sep 30
15 45
AP UnitF
See Map
Oct 10-Oct 13
Nov 23-Jan 14
--
3 9
AFRP UnitG
See Map
Oct 10-Oct 13
Nov 11-Nov 30
Dec 10-Feb 15
Oct 10-Oct 13
Nov 11-Nov 30
Dec 10-Feb 15
5 15
NAP-H UnitH
See Map
Oct 8-Oct 15
Nov 10-Jan 21
Oct 8-Oct 15
Nov 10-Jan 21
3 9
Late
- -
Jan 25-Feb 15I
5 15
Snow Geese
 (includes Blue Geese)
Oct 1-Jan 14
Feb 21-Mar 10
Oct 1-Dec 1
Jan 7-Mar 10
25 no limit
Brant
Nov 14-Jan 10
Nov 24-Jan 20
2
6
 
A Includes all species of ducks, with the following restrictions: MALLARD: daily limit 4 and may include only 2 HENS. WOOD DUCK: daily limit 3. BLACK DUCK: daily limit 1. SCAUP: daily limit 2. REDHEAD: daily limit 2. PINTAIL: daily limit 2. CANVASBACK: daily limit 2. HOODED MERGANSER: daily limit 2. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit. SEASON FOR HARLEQUIN DUCKS IS CLOSED.
B MERGANSERS AND SCAUP ARE INCLUDED IN THE TOTAL DUCK BAG OF 6.
C In coastal waters and streams seaward of the first upstream bridge.
D Daily bag limit for sea ducks may include no more than 4 SCOTERS, 4 OLDSQUAW, 4 EIDER, 12 in possession.
E Daily bag limit includes white-fronted geese.
F AP Unit: Litchfield Co. and the portion of Hartford Co., west of a line beginning at the Massachusetts border in Suffield and extending south along Route 159 to its intersection with Interstate 91 in Hartford, and then extending south along Interstate 91 to its intersection with the Hartford/Middlesex Co. line.
G AFRP Unit: Starting at the intersection of Interstate 95 and the Quinnipiac River, north on the Quinnipiac River to its intersection with Interstate 91, north on Interstate 91 to Interstate 691, west on Interstate 691 to the Hartford County line, and encompassing the rest of New Haven County and Fairfield County in its entirety.
H NAP-H Unit: All of the rest of the State not included in the AP or AFRP descriptions above.
I That portion of the South Zone east of the Quinnipiac River.

Connecticut Migrant Goose Zones

{Map of Connecticut Goose Hunting Zones}

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Rail Seasons
Species Daily
Limit
Possession
Limit
Season Dates Shooting
Hours
Virginia & Sora 25 75

Sep 1 - Nov 9

1/2 hour before sunrise
until sunset

Clapper & King* 10 30
* Only 1 of the daily bag limit may be a king rail

{Woodcock}          2016-2017 MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING GUIDE
Woodcock and Snipe Seasons
Species Daily
Limit
Possession
Limit
Season Dates Shooting
Hours
Woodcock 3 9 Oct 22 - Nov 19 and
Nov 21 - Dec 6
1/2 hour before sunrise
until sunset
Snipe 8 24
 
 
 
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Crow Season
 
Species Daily
Limit
Possession
Limit
Season Dates Shooting
Hours
Crow
No Limit No Limit
Hunting allowed only on certain days.
Aug. 13 - Oct. 7, 2016 
Wed, Fri, Sat
Oct. 15 - Nov. 30, 2016 
Wed, Fri, Sat
 
Jan. 9 - March 25, 2017
Mondays through Saturdays

1/2 hour before sunrise
until 1/2 hour after sunset
(On Oct. 15, 2016, legal hunting starts at 7:00 AM)

Content last updated on July 21, 2016.