Connecticut Deer News

Connecticut's Extremely Efficient Deer-Killer October 27, 2014 Connecticut, CT Now
... DeNicola estimates he's been responsible for the deaths of about 10,000 deer since he began his Connecticut-based nonprofit wildlife control company in 1995... He does not consider what he does to be hunting ...  plastic bag was placed over the head of the animal to keep blood and brains from spreading across the park playing field where the deer was killed...

More land, legal changes boost Conn. bow hunting October 25, 2014 Connectictut, CT Post
... With firearms, one needs to be at least 500 feet away from a house. There's no such restriction with bows... A crossbow bolt is nowhere near as fast as a bullet, and deer move at the twang of a string, which can cause a missed shot ...

Deer hunters' antler obsession all nonsense October 13, 2014 Connecticut, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
... "You can't eat antlers," Nishan often explains. He hunts to stock his freezer and could care less if a deer made the Pope & Young or Boone & Crockett record books. In fact, he'd prefer a doe, yearling, or button buck for superior flavor and tenderness... We develop obsessions for big antlers, which are barometers of our skills. Old deer are smart deer — usually outwitting us at every turn...

DEEP Announces Opening Days of Firearms Hunting Seasons October 4, 2014 Connecticut, The Ridgefield Press
... The statewide firearms deer hunting season begins Wednesday, November 19...  The 2014 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide ...  on the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting.

Wilton, Controlled deer hunt begins again in Wilton October 4, 2014 Connecticut, The Hour Online
... “On average, Wilton has about 200 deer harvested, with 50 taken in the controlled hunt,” ... We have to take the deer from town because deer don’t migrate... We need to take out about 300 deer annually, over seven to 10 years ... Sesto also wants residents to consider allowing hunters to use their properties in town for bow and gun hunting...

Ridgefield, Selectmen approve deer hunt October 2, 2014 Connecticut, The Ridgefield Press
... state officials had told them the town would have to continue to reduce the herd by about 300 deer a year in order to see a significant population decline, or to be able to change  from aggressive culling to a maintenance operation.  “You’re saying you have to hunt 300 deer forever,” said Selectwoman Barbara Manners ...

Officials: Increasing Number of Bow Hunters in New Canaan for Deer Season September 30, 2014 Connecticut, newcanaanite.com 
... New Canaan asked the second taxing district of Norwalk to renew an annual agreement that allows deer hunting on a 48-acre parcel near Lukes Wood and Michigan Roads.  Last year, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reports, 90 deer were reported killed by bow-and-arrow in New Canaan, and one by shotgun. ..

Weston allows controlled deer hunt September 24, 2014 Connecticut, Weston Forum
... The town is allowing a controlled deer hunt on the landfill and Moore properties. But a request to open up new town-owned properties to bow hunting was put on hold for now... Ms. Weinstein said ...  she was uncomfortable approving new locations without first reviewing them in more detail. She wants to make sure residents are aware the board is discussing the possibility of allowing hunting in new areas, and give the public a chance to comment on it ...

Redding, Applications are being accepted and reviewed for town land deer hunt September 24, 2014  Connecticut, The Redding Pilot 
... The number of hunters for the program has not been determined yet, nor has the duration of the hunt... Hunting is allowed on all private property in town, said Ms. Pemberton, including bow and gun hunting... Last year 48 adult does and 65 adult bucks were taken, along with 14 button bucks and 13 fawns [a hunt designed to reduce the population would focus on does]

Redding, Bow hunting season opens, but not for Redding September 18, 2014 Connecticut, The Redding Pilot 
... local hunters believe the deer kill portion to reduce the deer population in the three-year integrated tick management study conducted by the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station has gone too far and there are few deer left...

Fall archery deer and turkey seasons open Sept. 15 September 9, 2014 Connecticut, Shelton Herald 
...  “Although there are good deer hunting opportunities throughout most of Connecticut, the southwest corner of the state and many of the shoreline towns provide the best opportunities ...

Shifting the conversation about deer control September 4, 2014 Connecticut, Stamford Advocate, Laura Simon is a wildlife biologist for The Humane Society of the United States.
.. There's a good reason that national health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and our own Connecticut State Health Department are not calling for increased killing to control Lyme disease -- because it won't work... In studies where as many as 83 percent of the deer were removed, tick numbers weren't impacted. They merely switched to alternate hosts...

Danbury, CT residents spot a rare all-white deer in the woods August 23, 2014 Connecticut, WWLP 22News 
... “To see one lone white deer was pretty amazing,” ... “It’s probably a Piebold deer as opposed to an albino,  so it does have pigment." ...


Redding, Lyme Disease - Will Shelton go the Wrong Way? June 29, 2014 Connecticut, Shelton Patch 
...  After reviewing the numbers from the last four years,  provided by both the Connecticut Health Department and the CT DEEP we see that the deer population is now down 60% + and that Lyme disease, reported cases in Redding are up  62.5%.  
In 2010 the Redding, CT reported Lyme cases were  8  and in 2013 they are now  13.        What happened to all the " Wildlife Experts " that said, " Less Deer = Less Lyme " ?  ...

Shelton, Deer overpopulation in Shelton? May 16, 2014 Connecticut May 16, 2014 patch.com
... over the last two years the CT DEEP has manipulated data on deer populations claiming Shelton, CT has over 1,500 deer or 48 deer per square mile... Shelton, CT is  31.9 square miles and has approximately 450 deer or 14 deer per square mile within it`s borders... Comment from reader:  This exactly what they did in redding they claim you have a deer problem then they bring in their buddy's at white buffalo to come shoot your deer and charge 1500-2000 per deer and the taxpayers pay the cost! Of course they will do aerial surveys from a helicopter but never tape it so you can't count the REAL number of deer seen... The only way to accurately count deer is with an FLIR aerial survey like they did in Westport. 

Wallingford, Panel says no deer hunt for now May 9, 2014 Connecticut, The Record-Journal
... Conservation Commission members were adamant Thursday that any controlled hunting of deer at Tyler Mill is “years away,” and still awaiting further studies from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. … Paul and Lisa Powers, who live adjacent to Tyler Mill, said they’ve seen a decrease in the number of deer near their yard in recent years...

Sunday Deer Hunting Bill Clears House May 2, 2014 Connecticut, CT News Junkie 
...  It only allows the Sunday hunting in “deer management zones” approved by the state Energy and Environmental Protection Department... Rep. Diana Urban, D-North Stonington, opposed the bill ... said her opposition stems from her work with children riding horses in the woods....

Pemberton, Shaban support Sunday bowhunting April 26, 2014 Connecticut, The Redding Pilot 
...  The state Environment Committee proposed House bill 5080, ... If the bill were to pass, it would authorize Sunday hunting of deer on private property with bow and arrow and authorize landowners to take deer pursuant to professional wildlife management principles...

... Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said Friday that he needs more information. “The first thing will be to have evidence documenting that there’s an over population,” he said. “The next step would be what should be done about it. I don’t think conclusions have been reached whether there’s over population.” ...

Shelton, What should be done about all the deer in Shelton? April 20, 2014 Shelton Herald 
... The deer population in Connecticut appears to have peaked in 2000, and has been declining ever since ... “On a statewide basis, we’re probably driving the deer population down,” Kilpatrick said during a presentation at City Hall. “But we still have areas with a growing deer population.” ...

Bulbs, yes, but no food for deer April 14, 2014  Connecticut, CT Post
... Daffodils ... Deer won't eat them ... Hyacinths also don't particularly appeal to deer ...  grape hyacinths, or muscari... Small bulbls:  Snowdrop, striped squill, also known as puschkinia ... English bluebells and wood hyacinth ...

...  experts believe Connecticut's deer population has dropped from an estimated peak of 126,000 eight years ago... Hunters like Newtown's Glen Ekstrom agree that Connecticut's deer population is down ... . He thinks it may now be "a hair under" 60,000 animals...

...  More than 12,500 deer were hunted in Connecticut during 2013, and nearly half of them were taken by bowhunters. Use this searchable database to compare the deer hunt in different towns...

... the legislature is considering allowing hunting on Sundays... DEEP said giving bowhunters more shots at deer needs to happen because there’s a growing overpopulation problem in the state ... 

Helicopter Surveys, Deer ... in Connecticut March 18, 2014 Hartford Courant Blogs
... State experts used to try to come up with a statewide deer population total, but Williams said there were so many difficulties with those sorts of numbers that they quit trying ... But Williams said there’s little doubt that our deer population has plunged...

Aerial deer survey results March 5, 2014 Connecticut, The Redding Pilot
... the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) conducted helicopter aerial deer surveys of four square miles in February 2013 and six square miles in January 2014... Average estimated deer density pre-sharpshoot and post state-regulated hunting season on the four square miles in 2013 was just over 30 deer/square mile. Average estimated deer density on four square miles on non-deer reduction areas (two CDC sites, two non-CDC sites) in 2014 was 34 deer/square mile...

Redding, Call made for investigation into Redding deer culling February 20, 2013 Connecticut, connecticut.news12.com 
... resident claims that 16 deer were illegally killed near his property by a culling company  ... White Buffalo, was hired as part of a federal tick study ...

Coyote Vs. Deer: Death On The Ice February 15, 2014 Connecticut,  theday.com 
... I ... pivoted in time to see a lone coyote loping through the snow.  This was no scrawny, Roadrunner cartoon caricature, but a bulky, muscular animal the size of a German shepherd, with a thick, silvery coat... The coyotes sprinted along a peninsula and pounced.  Within minutes there was nothing left except a blotch of red on the ice ... [Coywolves, coyote and wolf hybrids, are relatively new to Connecticut and much of the east coast]

Redding, Counting bucks and does February 13, 2014 Connecticit, Danbury News Times
... Kirby Stafford, an entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station ... it's down to 30 to 40 a square mile." ... "The sportsmen believe the numbers are 13 to 15 deer per square mile," said Chris Siburn, the former deer warden who lost his position in the flap... He and others believe there are far fewer deer than noted in the counts made by the state ...

The Daily Voice
... more than 300,000 deer hunting permits issued and hunters spending, a cumulative total nearly 6 million days afield ... 

In Shelton, 8 Deer Hunted and Killed in 2013 January 2014, Connecticut, Patch.com 
...  10,108 deer were hunted and killed here ... about 57 percent of the kills came through archery ... Search through the interactive map above to get town-by-town information ...

New Haven's Tweed Airport To Construct New Wildlife Deterrent Fence January 16, 2014 Connecticut, aviationpros.com
...  Tweed New Haven Regional Airport is gearing up to begin construction on a new "wildlife hazard deterrent fence" to keep animals like the deer that was struck by a plane taking off on Sept. 20, 2012, off the runways... 

Deer hunter already fined; case dropped by prosecutor January 15, 2014 Connecticut, Waterbury Republican-American 
...  A judge dismissed animal cruelty charges Wednesday against a hunter shown on a December 2011 video killing a wounded deer with a .22-caliber rifle, stabbing it in the chest, and posing with the animal on his New Hartford property.  The charges, thrown out by Judge Elizabeth A. Gallagher in Bantam Superior Court, were the first of their kind filed against a Connecticut hunter, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection...

... The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection say ... they are concution a study that looks at differing methods to control ticks, which are transmitters of Lyme disease ... it's a temporary experiment that focuses on only a two-square mile section of the town ... a three year study ...

Connecticut Data:  An unofficial estimate of 60,000 deer in the state in 2014.  Deer populations are highest in the southwest.  Although the state no longer makes a population estimate, given the difficulty of getting to a reliable number, the agency does track deer density in some particular areas. The last official estimate was 126,000 in 2006.  In 2014, a state expert (Scott Williams) concluded that the deer population has plunged.  Increased predation by  coyote and bobcat populations are thought to be the primary factor for the recent deer population decline, the first measured since the early 1900's when deer were very scarce from over hunting and conservation measures were implemented. The first statewide deer hunt in recent history was opened in the 1970s. Now, deer densities of 30 per square mile are not uncommon in the state.  Hunting data approximately tracks the deer population.
  
Other useful links:
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (also the Connecticut Division of Wildlife and the Connecticut Fisheries Division)