DEEP: Small Game Hunting

Small Game Hunting

{Ruffed Grouse}   

2019 RESIDENT GAME BIRD HUNTING SEASONS
Species Daily
Limit
Season
Limit
Season Dates Hunting
Hours
Pheasant 2 10 Jan. 1 - Feb. 28
Oct. 19 - Dec. 31
1/2 hour before sunrise*
until
1/2 hour after sunset
Ruffed Grouse 1 8 Oct. 19 - Nov. 30 1/2 hour before sunrise*
until
1/2 hour after sunset
Quail 2 10 Oct. 19 - Nov. 2
Special Dates (see below)
1/2 hour before sunrise*
until
1/2 hour after sunset
Chukar and Hungarian Partridge
2
10
Jan. 1 - Feb. 28
Oct. 19 - Dec. 31
1/2 hour before sunrise*
until
1/2 hour after sunset
Wild Turkey See Turkey Hunting Section for details

* On October 19, 2019, legal hunting starts at 7:00 AM

   

{Black Duck}   

2019 MIGRATORY GAME BIRD HUNTING SEASONS
Species Daily
Limit
Season
Limit
Season Dates Hunting
Hours
Crows No limit No limit
Hunting only on
certain days
Jan. 12 - Mar. 30: Mon. through Sat.
Aug. 10 - Oct. 11: Wed., Fri., Sat.
Oct. 19 - Nov. 30: Wed., Fri., Sat.
1/2 hour before sunrise*
until
1/2 hour after sunset
 
*(except on Oct. 19; 7:00 AM until 1/2 hour after sunset)
Ducks
Mergansers
Geese
See current
Migratory Bird Hunting Guide
Coots See current
Migratory Bird Hunting Guide
Virginia & Sora
Rails
Clapper & King
Rails
Woodcock
Snipe

   

{Gray Squirrel} 2019 SMALL GAME
MAMMAL HUNTING SEASONS
Species Daily
Limit
Season
Limit
Season Dates Hunting
Hours
Gray Squirrel 8 40 Jan. 1 - Feb. 28
Sept. 2 - Dec. 31
1/2 hour before sunrise*
until
1/2 hour after sunset
Cottontail Rabbit 3 25 Jan. 1 - Feb. 28
Oct. 19 - Dec. 31
1/2 hour before sunrise*
until
1/2 hour after sunset
European Hare 1 10
Snowshoe Hare 2 10 Jan. 1 - Jan. 31
Nov. 16 - Dec. 31
1/2 hour before sunrise*
until
1/2 hour after sunset
Woodchuck No limit No limit
Mar. 15 - Nov. 15
1/2 hour before sunrise*
until
1/2 hour after sunset

* On October 19, 2019, legal hunting starts at 7:00 AM

   

{Coyote} 2019 FURBEARER HUNTING SEASONS
Species Daily
Limit
Season
Limit
Season Dates Hunting
Hours
Raccoon 5 No limit Jan. 1 - Jan. 19
Oct. 19 - Dec. 31
All hours*
Opossum No limit
Red and Gray Foxes 3
Combined
30
Combined
Jan. 1 - Feb. 28
Oct. 19 - Dec. 31
1/2 hour before sunrise*
until
1/2 hour after sunset
Coyote No limit No limit Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 1/2 hour before sunrise*
until
1/2 hour after sunset

* On October 19, 2019, legal hunting starts at 7:00 AM

Pheasant
License Requirements: Firearms or Archery Hunting License and a Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp 
Special Conditions: Landowners hunting pheasants on their own land must obtain the Free Landowner Resident Game Bird Stamp, and are restricted to daily and season bag limits. Private hunting clubs can apply for exemption from stamp requirements. Contact the Wildlife Division for details. Members and guests of such exempt clubs are not subject to seasonal bag limits when hunting on club lands. They are also exempt from daily bag limits if they use club tags on all pheasants taken on such club lands. Club tags must be applied immediately upon kill and contain club name, hunting license number, and date taken. Pheasants identified in this manner do not count towards the statewide daily limit of two.
Major Pheasant Stocking Areas
Junior Pheasant Hunter Training Day - Saturday, October 12, 2019 (more info)
Other Resident Game Birds
Species: Ruffed Grouse, Quail, Chukar, Hungarian Partridge, and Wild Turkey
License Requirements: Firearms or Archery Hunting License and Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp.
Special Conditions:
Extended Quail Season - Quail may be hunted at the Nod Brook WMA and the Flaherty, Mansfield, and Sugarbrook Field Trial Areas from Jan. 1 - Feb. 28 and from Oct. 19 - Dec. 31. 
Wild Turkey: See Turkey Hunting Section for season dates and other details.
Migratory Game Birds
Species: Woodcock, Snipe, Rails, Coot, Crows 
License Requirements: Firearms or Archery Hunting License and Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp.
Legal Firearms
Non-toxic Shot - Non-toxic shot is required for coot and rail hunting. The maximum size shot allowed is BB for steel and #2 for other federally approved non-toxic shot types.
Crow Hunting - While crow hunting from a stationary position a hunter is exempt from the fluorescent orange clothing regulation.
Special Conditions: In addition to Connecticut hunting laws, migratory bird hunters are subject to all Federal Laws and Regulations. Legal shooting hours for migratory game birds and waterfowl end at sunset. During the crow season, on October 19, 2019, legal hunting starts at 7:00 AM.
Waterfowl
Species: Ducks, Mergansers, Geese, Brant
License Requirements: Firearms or Archery Hunting License and Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp. Junior hunters (ages 12-15) are no longer exempt and must obtain the Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp. Federal Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp also required for hunters 16 years or older. Note, federal waterfowl stamps are not valid unless signed in ink on the face of the stamp. The Connecticut stamp no longer needs to be carried while hunting.
Legal Firearms: Shotguns are the only firearms which may be used. Refer to the Migratory Bird Hunting Guide for regulations regarding the number of shells a shotgun may hold.
Special Conditions:
Non-toxic Shot
- Non-toxic shot is required for waterfowl hunting. The maximum size shot allowed is BB for steel and #2 for other federally approved non-toxic shot types.
Possession of Lead Shot - possessing lead shot while waterfowl hunting is prohibited.
Federal Regulations - in addition to Connecticut hunting laws, waterfowl hunters are subject to all Federal Laws and Regulations. Legal shooting hours for migratory game birds and waterfowl end at sunset.
No Hunting Buffer Zone - while hunting in tidal areas from land or from floating blinds anchored to land or rock positions, the no hunting buffer zone around permanent buildings is 250 feet.
Fluorescent Orange Clothing - while hunting waterfowl from boats or stationary positions, a hunter is exempt from the fluorescent orange clothing regulation.
Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Days: are usually two Saturdays in the fall. Dates will be published in summer 2019 and also in the Migratory Bird Hunting Guide.
 
Small Game Mammals
Species: Gray Squirrel, Cottontail, Snowshoe Hare, European Hare, Woodchuck
License Requirements: Firearms or Archery Hunting License
Special Conditions: None
Raccoon and Opossum
Shooting Hours: No restrictions on state-owned lands open to hunting and on private lands where landowners have given permission.
License Requirements: Firearms or Archery Hunting License
Special Conditions: When hunting at night, rifles or handguns using ammunition larger than .22 caliber rimfire or shotgun shells larger than #2 shot may not be used. Note that rifles or handguns using .17 caliber rimfire ammunition are permitted for hunting at night. It is illegal to take raccoons or opossums with the use of a light from a motor vehicle.
Foxes and Coyote
Species: Red Fox, Gray Fox, Coyote
License Requirements: Firearms or Archery Hunting License
Special Conditions: Foxes and Coyotes taken by hunting must be reported online or by telephone (1-877-337-4868). Or, they can be pelt tagged. To be sold, all fox and coyote pelts must be tagged.

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Content last updated on November 30, 2018.