Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 28

Hunting and trapping in Connecticut are subject to Connecticut General Statutes Secs. 26-65 et. seq., and regulations adopted pursuant thereto by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  The Department publishes a summary of these rules on its website (, including restrictions concerning:

  • hunting with, shooting, or carrying a loaded firearm within 500 feet of any building occupied by people or domestic animals, or used for storage of flammable material

  • hunting on private land unless possessing written permission of the owner

  • hunting or shooting from or across the traveled portion of any public roadway

  • shooting toward any person, building, or domestic animal when within range

  • carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle

  • possessing a firearm while archery hunting

  • hunting from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise, except that raccoon and opossum hunting is permitted after sunset on state-owned lands which are open to hunting and on privately owned lands where landowners do not object
  • open seasons specified for various species of upland birds and quadrupeds (Conn. Agencies Reg. Sec. 26-66-3) and waterfowl and shore birds (Conn. Agencies Reg. 26-66-4).

A hunting, trapping or fishing violation results in the automatic suspension of all fishing, hunting and trapping privileges including fishing, hunting and trapping license

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