Deer Hunting in Connecticut

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  • C
  • 100,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 60,000

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $19-41 (plus $19 state land lottery permit)

    Resident firearms deer license is $19. Resident archery license is $41. State land lottery permits are an additional $19.

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $91-135 (plus $68 state land lottery permit)

    Non-resident firearms deer license is $91. Non-resident archery license is $135. State land lottery permits are an additional $68.

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 179 4/8"

    Taken by Gary Lovrin in Litchfield County in 1993.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 15

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 201 7/8"

    Taken by Henry Konow Jr. in New London County in 2000.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 4

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Some good deer hunting can be found here. (Critterbiz photo)

Season Dates (2019):

Season dates in Connecticut vary from private to public land, so check the hunting guide. Archery season on state land runs September 15 to November 19 and December 25 to 31. On private land, archery begins September 15 and runs until December 31. It extends to January 31 in some locations. Shotgun, rifle and revolver seasons (on private lands) is November 20 to December 10. Muzzleloader is December 11 to 24 on public land and December 11 to 31 on private property. These are the dates set when published, please check the state DNR's website to confirm.

The Grade: C

While Connecticut’s deer population had been on the upswing in recent years, two years ago we saw a drop of about 20,000. Hopefully the mild winter helped get that number back up to where it was a few years ago.

Harvests haven't been great the last few years, but biologist attribute most of that to warm weather and the heaviest recorded acorn crop in 22 years allowing deer to stay put during the season and not move while hunters were in the woods. In an effort to increase deer numbers, a large portion of Connecticut was designated as buck-only a few years ago, so check your guide to make sure antlerless deer are allowed in your area this season. 

Antler Nation Knowledge:

Northwestern counties continue to lead for trophy bucks, but tiny Middlesex County in the center of the state turned out back-to-back Booners in 2010 and 2011. Archery deer hunters are allowed to hunt in Connecticut on Sundays, as long as they are at least 40 yards away from any blazed public hiking trails.


Connecticut Harvests

  • Mike Formiglio Jr

    New London County, Connecticut

  • John Tripodi

    Fairfield , Connecticut

From the Realtree Trophy Den