Deer Hunting in Connecticut

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  • C
  • 100,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 50,000

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

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

    A resident firearms deer license is $19. A 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)

    A non-resident firearms deer license is $91. A 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 (2020):

Hunting season dates vary greatly by location. Please check the Connecticut DNR website to confirm deer season dates.

The Grade: C

Connecticut maintains a C grade again this season. Harvests haven't been great the last few years, but biologists attribute most of that to warm weather and heavy mast crops that have kept deer from moving much while hunters were in the woods.

While Connecticut’s deer population had been on the upswing in recent years, there was a drop of about 20,000 several years ago. Hopefully, several mild winters helped bump that number back up. 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:

The state only has eight counties, but there are clear winners. For top-end bucks, the best deer hunting is located in the westernmost part of the state. Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven are the dominant areas. Middlesex County (in the center of the state) turned out back-to-back Booners in 2010 and 2011.

While it isn’t a big state, there are plenty of areas to chase public-land whitetails. Use the Connecticut Hunting Areas map to find likely hotspots. 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