In Shelton, 57 Deer Hunted and Killed in 2013

In all, more than 10,000 deer were hunted and killed in Connecticut in 2013, state officials report. Newtown led all municipalities in Fairfield County, and statewide, by far with 264.

A deer (Patch file photo)
A deer (Patch file photo)
More than 10,000 deer were hunted and killed in Connecticut in 2013, mostly by archery rather than shotgun, according to the latest tally from state officials.

In total, 10,108 deer were hunted and killed here—the figure represents rifle kills through Dec. 12 and bow-and-arrow kills through Dec. 31, the Connecticut Department of Energey and Environmental Protection reports. About 57 percent of the kills came through archery, the state says.

Search through the interactive map above to get town-by-town information, including what types of deer were hunted and whether the kill happened on public or private land. (Two notes on the data: a "button buck" is a young male deer, typically six months old, that has hubs where antlers will grow, and "points" are the individual tines on a buck's antlers.)

In Fairfield County, the highest tally of any single municipality by far is Newtown, where 264 deer were hunted and killed. It's also the highest in the state. No deer were hunted and killed in Bridgeport. Here’s a breakdown of Fairfield County towns: 
  1. Newtown—264
  2. Ridgefield—175
  3. Wilton—150
  4. Redding—124
  5. Easton—118
  6. Fairfield—91
  7. Greenwich—83
  8. Weston—80
  9. Danbury—76
  10. New Canaan—73
  11. Monroe—65
  12. Norwalk—64
  13. Bethel—63
  14. Stamford—59
  15. Trumbull—58
  16. Shelton—57
  17. Sherman—55
  18. Brookfield—53
  19. New Fairfield—53
  20. Darien—33
  21. Westport—17
  22. Stratford—15
  23. Bridgeport—0

The state laws that regulate deer hunting are complex and situation-specific. Open season generally is open for a period of several weeks between September and December, and depends largely on what types of weapons are used and whether land is public or private. Deer hunting regulations for Connecticut, updated in September 2011, can be found here.

On Tuesday, the DEEP reported that no hunting-related injuries occurred (among sportsmen) in 2013—the third consecutive year where no one was hurt by a discharged firearm or bow.

What did happen in 2013 was one hunter wearing a safety harness fell from a tree, the state reported.

“This level of safety is remarkable in light of more than 300,000 deer hunting permits issued and hunters spending, a cumulative total nearly six million days afield over that period,” the DEEP said.

Rick Jacobson, director of the DEEP Wildlife Division, described Connecticut hunters are safety leaders, “due in large part to mandatory firearms and archery education programs, which have produced a safety-conscious generation of hunters.”

“Although deer hunters enjoyed a near perfect safety record during the past six seasons, our goal has always been to have no injuries of any kind, period,” he said.

[Editor's Note: This text and data has been updated to include archery kills as well as shotgun/rifle kills.]

chris bailey January 22, 2014 at 08:15 AM
This article appears to use the words shotgun and rifle interchangeably. Does the state data breakout rifles and shotguns or list them seperatley. Many of your readers might not be aware of the difference between a rilfe and a shotgun.
Michael Dinan January 22, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Hi Chris: The state data breaks down the deer harvest into two categories -- shotgun/rifle and archery. -Mike
CONCERNED HUNTER May 17, 2014 at 06:15 AM
When you refer to deer harvest totals per town you have to take into consideration the square miles of the town to deer harvest number. Newtown, CT which is in DEEP section 11 has 60.38 square miles and a deer harvest for 2013 of 264 deer, harvest ratio is 4.37 deer per square mile. In DEEP section 11, Wilton, CT has 26.8 square miles and a deer harvest for 2013 of 150 deer, harvest ratio is 5.6 making it the highest deer harvest ratio in section 11. Ridgefield, CT came in a cross second at 5.03 and Newtown, CT at 4.92 was third for section 11. When writing an article such as this it is important to get the facts correct.


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