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Connecticut Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Connecticut Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Updated as of 2/11/2020 -  "During Muzzleloader Deer Seasons, a muzzleloader means a rifle or shotgun, .45 caliber minimum, incapable of firing a self-contained cartridge, using powder and a single projectile loaded separately at the muzzle end. Shotgun converters and telescopic sights are legal. Restrictions on the use of smoothbore muzzleloaders for hunting small game and waterfowl are the same as those for shotguns. Restrictions on the use of muzzleloading rifles for hunting small game are the same as those for rifles, except that on state-owned land, up to a .36 caliber muzzleloading rifle using round ball ammunition only may be used. A percussion/in-line muzzleloader with a cap or primer installed, an electronic muzzleloader with a battery connected or a flintlock muzzleloader having powder in the pan are considered loaded firearms."

"There is no minimum acreage requirement for using a shotgun, muzzleloader, or archery equipment."




Deer Muzzleloader Season

Land Type Zone Season Dates Bag Limit
Private Statewide Dec 9 - Dec 31 1 Either Sex And 1 Antlerless
Private Zone 7 Dec 9 - Dec 31 1 Extra Antlerless (In addition to statewide bag limit)
Private Zones 11 & 12 Dec 9 - Dec 31 2 Extra Antlerless (In addition to statewide bag limit)
Private Zones 2 and 4A Dec 9 - Dec 31 1 Either Sex (Antlerless only tag NOT valid)
State Land   Dec 9 - Dec 22 1 Either Sex



  • Muzzleloaders must be at least .45 caliber or larger.
  • Muzzleloaders can not be capable of firing a self-contained cartridge.
  • Muzzleloaders must use powder and a single projectile loaded from the muzzle end.
  • Telescopic sights are legal during the muzzleloader season.
  • See regulations for smoothbore muzzleloaders if you intend to hunt with one during the muzzleloader season.


This information is subject to change, for more information visit: Connecticut Energy & Environment


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