Connecticut Deer Hunting

Connecticut deer hunting continues to shine as an extremely long archery season with very liberal bag limits, and a peak rut gun season make the nutmeg state a great place to bag a trophy buck.

The general trophy deer hunting hotspots are the northeastern and northwestern parts of the state, due largely to an abundance of quality habitat and relatively low hunting pressure, along with some of the states largest tracts of public land. However, trophy bucks can be found all over the nutmeg state. Seven counties have produced ten or more 150 class bucks in the past 5 years. Tolland county led the way with 17, followed by Windham, Middlesex, Litchfield, Hartford, New Haven, and our favorite…Fairfield County. Click on the link for maps of Connecticut deer hunting land open to the public.

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The key to finding trophy deer hunting in Connecticut may lie in your ability to gain access to small tracts of private land. Permission may be easier to get in Fairfield and lower New Haven counties due to the huge numbers of deer found there. The state has implemented special regulations in these areas in order to curtail the burgeoning deer population, including allowing the use of deer attractants.

Bow hunters in these zones are offered replacement tags. For every doe that you harvest, you are issued a replacement tag. If you harvest three does, you are issued a bonus buck tag. It is a great way of reducing the deer herd, as some archers harvest upwards of 20 deer.

I know what you are thinking…What do they do with 20 deer? In order to make use of such a large harvest, a new program has been established called, Hunt To Feed. This innovative program allows a hunter to donate the venison from his harvest to the Connecticut Food Bank at no cost to the hunter…As a matter of fact…The hunter can keep the tenderloins and the backstraps at no charge, while the rest goes to feed the hungry!

The program is paid exclusively through fundraising, grants, and other direct contributions from the public. The primary fundraiser is their annual Awareness and Fundraising Banquet. You can find out more about Hunt To Feed on their website HTF believes that “no child or family should go hungry with the overabundance of deer in the state of Connecticut”.
Thank you Hunt To Feed for stepping up and providing a solution to the never ending problem of hunger here in the Nutmeg State. Our hats are off to you!

Connecticut Deer Hunting Season

Connecticut deer hunting season is one of the most liberal in the United States with 120 days of possible time afield. Bowhunters have an incredibly long season. The bowhunting season on private land, depending on the zone that you hunt, runs from September 15 through January 31, that is a lot of time in the woods and reason enough to take up bowhunting. There are also state land bowhunting only areas that are open September 15 through December 31. You are allowed 4 deer with a bow in Connecticut with the exception of zones 11 and 12. In those zones you are issued replacement tags and you may harvest as many deer as you can.The firearms deer hunting season on private land in Connecticut begins on November 19 and lasts for two weeks. On state land, the season is broken up into an A season and a B season and permits are done by a lottery. Deadline for entrance into the lottery is March 15. “A” season is November 19 – November 28, “B” season is November 29 – December 9.
Click on the link for complete regulations regarding the
Connecticut deer hunting season.

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 Connecticut’s peak rut firearms season and long archery season make it a great state to harvest a trophy whitetail like this one!

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John VanDerLaan

Hi folks! I'm John VanDerLaan and I have a deep passion for the outdoors, and deer hunting in particular. I am what you call a year round deer hunter. I am in the whitetail woods year round preparing for the next years season and I love to share the knowledge that I've gained over 40 years of chasing the wily whitetail! In full disclosure, it is safe to assume that I am an affiliate for products that I recommend. I will make a commission if you buy through my link. You will not pay more when buying through my link. In fact, oftentimes I have negotiated a lower price (or bonuses) for my readers than you will find anywhere else online. Also, when you buy through my link, it allows me to continue to provide you with tons of FREE valuable information through this website!

4 thoughts on “Connecticut Deer Hunting”

  1. Hi John, I’m a first time hunter and am wondering if there are any butcher shops around the Naugatuck valley area… or anywhere in Connecticut for that matter.

    • Hi Rob,

      There is the Large Game Company in Oxford, Lee Sabo 203-888-3860.

      There is also Custom Cuts in Watertown, John Gordon 203-558-5929.


  2. John, I’m a NH resident looking for good management deer hunting closer to home traveling to upstate NY or PA.

    I’m not having a lot of luck finding CT outfitters or any means to get through to CT landowners to hunt. Do you have any ideas on how I can access CT as a new place to bow/shotgun/rifle hunt for me and my two sons? We currently suffer the wildly unsuccessful deer hunting of NH.

    Thanks….contact info below.
    -Gary Dennis
    Walpole, NH

    • Hi Gary,

      Unfortunately, the only way to find good private land to hunt in Connecticut is by knocking on doors and you will get many more no answers than you will yes.



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