Turkey Hunting in Connecticut

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  • B
  • 35,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Easterns

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 8,615

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • $38

    Firearms hunting license and state land permit is $38. An archery deer/small game license is $41, and a private land permit is $19.

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • $110

    Firearms hunting license and state land permit is $110. An archery deer/small game license is $135, and a private land permit is $19.

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

Yep, a "B" . . . here's why. Less hunting pressure, generous bag limits and public land opportunities make Connecticut a sleeper destination on the Turkey Hunting Nation map.

The Nutmeg State offers the opportunity to hunt birds on both private and state land, with specific permits for each.

Public land hunts see more hunting pressure, sure, though some areas are big enough you'll likely not encounter another hunter; while private land offers some of the best quality time afield, it's not always easy to gain access.

True enough, this state doesn't have a good pro-gun record, but our reports focus on turkeys and opportunities to hunt them.

While brood production is only fair the last few years, hardcore non-resident spring gobbler hunters will find birds, even if statewide hunter interest and effort seem to be down in this southern New England location.

As mentioned, Connecticut has the birds but not the hunters. Though opportunities are widespread in the state, only 1,232 turkeys were registered in 2015 (most recent data as of this posting). Recent brood surveys indicate modest production.

Getting legal to hunt is fairly easy. Spring turkey hunting permits, for both private or state land, are available for online purchase and inexpensive at $19. Hunters can kill two bearded birds on state land and three on private land with proper permits.

Hunting is 1/2-hour before sunrise until noon (typical for New England states, with the exception of Maine). 

What are some of the best spots?

As public land goes, the Cockaponset State Forest offers 17,186 hunting acres. Natchaug State Forest (13,454 acres) and Naugatuck State Forest (4,295 acres) offer plenty of room to chase spring birds.

Other parcels are smaller, but hold birds too.

Connecticut Turkey Hunting Facts: An official signed written consent landowner form must be carried at all times while hunting private land. It's available online and not much of a hassle at all. Shotguns, as with waterfowl hunting requirements, must be plugged and hold no more than three shells. That's no big deal as we see it.

– Steve Hickoff

Turkey Hunting in Connecticut (c) Tes Randle Jolly photo

Connecticut Turkey Hunting Regulations

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