Hunters View on Deer Overpopulation

Many private landowners in areas of deer overpopulation arent educated about their states deer hunting regulations. As hunters we can not only to educate, but also help manage the deer herd!

One of the major stumbling blocks in suburbia where deer are exceeding carrying capacity is locating land to hunt on wether it be state, town or privately owned.

Constantly in the news we read about more and more people being infected with tick borne diseases such as lyme or babeosis, or people getting into accidents trying to avoid hitting a deer or their landscape being devasted shortly after its been planted.  With all of these major issues affecting peoples lives its amazing that many, many hunters throughout the nation continue to have difficulty in finding land to on, that they can call their own, even if its only for a season. 

Because of the education many towns have provided to landowners, I have seen a huge acceptance of the bow hunter as a means to control deer populations, I also have seen a growth in the Whitetail deer herd. Most towns still struggle with the answer of how do we control this growth and even reduce the herd. Many home owners are not aware of the rules and regulations of bow hunting.

If bow huntng is the means of deer control towns wish to follow then much more education should be directed at the land owner.  Newspaper and on-line communication is much needed. If every resident of Fairfield County knew of programs available for their use, a percentage of them would educate themseleves and possibly allow hunting on their property. If by educating the residents of Fairfiled County, 20% were to allow hunting, then the towns would gain much more acceptance for allowing hunting on more town properties.

If bow hunting is the path towns wish to take in the control of deer then much more land has to be accessible to the hunter, and many more hunters are needed.  Residents know there are many problems associated with the abundance of deer, educate them on solutions they as landowners can take to help the town deal with this problem. Residents should know such programs as FindAHunter.com and HunttoFeed.com are there for their use. The towns have educated their residents about the problems associated with deer populations, now they must educate them about the solutions and hope the residents will want to help the towns.

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george stewart January 25, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Actually, this winter is the first time in years that I have seen relatively few deer around. I have heard from a number of hunters that they did not see the usual numbers. I don't know why deer would be getting scarce after so many years of overpopulation, but I'm wondering if last year's heavy snows produced a large winter kill.
Mose Hazo January 25, 2012 at 01:10 PM
A few years ago there was a large meeting at Cider Mill's cafeteria to discuss deer overpopulation and hunting in Wilton. BUT, the deer overpopulation accounts of Pat Sesto are far from even close to being accurate. If anyone takes the time to read the actual report (I do have it), they will see that the "estimate" is extrapolated from an old aerial survey over parts of Greenwich and upper New Canaan. Deer in a limited aerial view were projected as though the same deer population inhabits every square mile. Note collisions with deer are down and have been down in Wilton but let's not get confused by facts. In the past thirty years Wilton has gone from a "countryfied" town to becoming a new center for former New Yorkers and city people who did not grow up with actual wildlife (rodents excluded) running around outside their homes. Now Wilton has Coyotes, Foxes, Hawks, Turkey Buzzards, Turkeys, skunks, groundhogs, Fischer Cats, deer and an occasional black bear. Wow, what a shock that must be to newcomers!! Pretty, only after the first week and then kill them off so that the $10,000 in new shrubs aren't eaten. People, Wilton is great for its schools, its people, its' concerns for neighbors and even for those four legged wonders that owned these woodlands before us. Appreciate the beauty in what we have.
EMR January 25, 2012 at 01:51 PM
We have lived here for twenty years and for the first time we have not seen a single deer around. I guess Mr. Brennan can sleep well knowing his precious bushes will be safe. Next time spray them Bill instead of culling the deer population.
S.Dogood January 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM
The population of the Wilton deer is relative to the various locations in and around Wilton. Living in North Wilton, I can honestly state that I see deer every day either in my yard, adjacent property or nearby roads. 4 out 5 immediate family members have had to deal with Lyme Disease and my wife and I still suffer from its lingering effects. We need to get our head out of the sand and realize that these rats with antlers are the problem and their population needs to be reduced. Don't marginalize this issue by drawing us versus them comparisons. This has nothing to do with relocated city dwellers or those who are more concerned about their shrubs then the natural beauty-this is a real problem and must be seriously addressed. Spend 6 weeks with an antibiotic iv stint stuck in your arm and I guarantee you will not be so attached to these vermin.
Tyler M August 09, 2012 at 09:21 PM
id be glad to bowhunt your property for you and your neighbors if willing.


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