Connecticut Deer Hunting: Fast Facts

Chasing Tail

 Mike Andronaco’s Hunting Rules

  • Always follow state hunting regulations.
  • You must get permission from homeowners.
  •  Never shoot when people are in the area.

 Fast Facts

  •  Each year, deer-vehicle accidents in the United States cause $1 billion in property damage, 29,000 human injuries and 200 human fatalities.
  •  In Connecticut alone there are an estimated 18,000 deer killed in vehicle collisions along roadways each year, or 49 per day, causing some $28 million in damage.
  •  With high reproductive potential and few natural predators, deer populations can increase rapidly, even doubling in size within two years.
  •  Most woodlands can support 10 to 15 deer per square mile without suffering damage, but parts of Connecticut contain up to 65 deer per square mile.
  •  Deer overpopulation is associated with increased risk of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, as well as damage to natural plant communities and landscape plantings.
  •  To combat overpopulation in certain areas of Connecticut, a replacement tag program allows hunters to harvest deer.
  •  According to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, controlled hunts have safely and effectively reduced deer populations in urban and suburban areas in Connecticut.
  •  Connecticut issues more than 60,000 deer hunting permits per year.
  •  Bow hunters in Connecticut must provide proof that they have completed an approved course before purchasing a deer archery permit.
  •  Connecticut state law prohibits the use of firearms within 500 feet of any occupied dwelling, making bow hunting the only option for suburban hunting.
  •  Hunters in Connecticut must obtain written permission from private landowners in order to hunt on their property
  • Through the Hunt To Feed program, hunters can donate venison at no cost to the Connecticut Food Bank.