Watch out for whizzing arrows in the woods: It’s bow hunting season.
Residents of Fairfield County and The Valley with a hunting permit can find many areas to shoot game during the season, which began Thursday and runs to the end of the year.
“The best hunting opportunities are in the southwest corner of the state and many of the shoreline towns, especially for bowhunters,” said DEEP Wildlife Division Director Rick Jacobson in a statement last week.
DEEP officials rely on deer hunting to prevent overcrowding and disease.
Hunters help wildlife management by reporting their kills, allowing DEEP to keep track of the herds. Hunters must purchase conservation stamps for non-migratory birds: wild turkey, pheasant, quail.
A cluster of archery-only deer hunting areas is strewn across Danbury, Newton, Monroe, Redding, Shelton and Ridgefield, along with some firearm hunting areas.
East of the Pequonnick River there’s a higher proportion of land open to both bow and firearm hunting.
There are no state-owned hunting areas along the coast west of Stratford, but private land can be hunted with written permission.
“Many landowners use the archery deer hunting season as a safe and effective method of reducing deer populations, especially in the more developed areas of the state where firearms hunting may not be feasible,” Jacobson said.
This spring, DEEP launched a program to increase access for hunters on private land, offering incentives based on land quality and acreage.
Jacobson predicted that there’s plenty to hunt this year—a large deer population across the state this fall due to a mild winter and abundant acorn crop.
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