Controlled deer hunt begins Sept. 15

More residents who live near land used for deer hunting will be notified of the hunt this year, according to Mike Russnok, chairman of the Wilton Deer Management Committee.

We have always notified residents that are adjacent to properties (town, Wilton Land Conservation Trust and water company) that have been part of the hunt,” he said on July 30. The previous week, on July 23, he outlined the deer hunt plan for the Board of Selectmen, who requested the committee look into expanding the notification borders to increase the awareness.

“I believe the town has some new software that will assist in identifying nearby properties to accomplish this,” Russnok said.

No properties have been added this year. It is basically the same plan as last year, he said. Last year’s hunt was a slightly more successful one than the year before but final numbers are not in.

It is estimated there are more than 1,200 deer in Wilton.

The deer committee has set a goal of taking 350 deer, but typically, about 125 deer a season are harvested. The program has been running about 16 years.

Bow hunters should contact town hall immediately if they want to be among the 45 or so who will be allowed to hunt deer on the specified properties beginning Sept. 15.

The season runs Sept. 15 through Jan. 31 for South Norwalk Electric and Water Co. property at City Lake, Popes Pond, Crystal Lake, Diversion Parcel, and Comstock.

The season also runs Sept. 15 through Jan. 31 for Wilton Land Conservation Trust properties including Tito Lane, Coulhane, Chessor Lake parcel, St. John's/Chicken Street parcel, Seeley Road/Penn Central Parcel and Quail Ridge/Honey Hill.

The season runs:

  • Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 at Gregg Preserve;

  • Nov. 1 through Dec. 23 at Van Haelewyn-Marianna Richards Preserve;

  • Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 at Slaughter Fields.

Town lands where deer will be hunted include:

  • Vista Road Open Space, Sept. 15 through Dec. 31;

  • Belknap Preserve, Nov. 1 through Dec. 31;

  • Sackett Preserve, Nov. 1 through Dec. 23;

  • Wrens Thicket, Sept. 15 through Jan. 31;

  • Wild Duck Reserve, Nov. 1 through Jan. 31.

Hunters may also hunt on private properties, but only with the owners’ permission.

Hunters must pass a proficiency test and background check. Those who hunt on private property do so at the invitation of the homeowner, work for no fee, and are at the direction of the property owner.

Information: email the Deer Management Committee at