Turkey Hunting in Connecticut

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    Wild Turkey Population

  • Easterns

    Turkey Subspecies

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    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • Varies (check regulations)

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

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    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

The Nutmeg State offers the opportunity to hunt birds on both private and state land, with a five bearded bird limit. 

That said, brood production is only fair the last few years, and population estimates aren't available from officials.

Statewide hunter interest and effort is down in this southern New England location overall, with less than one percent of the population participating. 

A total of 1,652 bearded turkeys were taken during the 2020 season, with 1,247 registered last year.

Where to Go

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 opportunities afield (as with neighboring Rhode Island), it's not always easy to gain access.

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 turkeys too, including those spots you can access by landowner permission.

As this goes, an official signed written consent landowner form must be carried at all times while hunting private land. It's available online.

The 2022 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide details more on turkey hunting in the state.

– Steve Hickoff

Turkey Hunting in Connecticut. Image by Tes Randle Jolly

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