Deer hunt will exceed last year’s total

The 2017-18 deer hunting season is still in progress but has already passed last year’s bagging total.

The state posts updates of the deer harvest by town on a semi-regular basis. The last update covered through Dec. 31, and had Wilton at 126 deer, up from last season’s total of 125.

“Last season’s total was 125 deer, so we will end higher than last year,” said Mike Russnok, chairman of the Wilton Deer Committee.

The deer hunt totals were for all deer harvested in town and not exclusive to the town’s controlled hunt, in which about 45 hunters participate. The total number of hunters here could be more.

“We don’t have access to information as to how many hunters there were in town, as a hunter would get a license from the state and you have the ability to hunt anywhere in the state as long as you obtain permission from the landowner,” Russnok said.

It is estimated there are more than 1,200 deer in town, and 125 deer is the typical harvest.

To participate in the controlled hunt, hunters first need a state hunting permit. Then they need to sign up at town hall and pass a proficiency test and background test. A number of town-owned preserves, as well as some owned by the Wilton Conservation Land Trust, are open for the controlled hunt. The bow hunting season is open through Jan. 31 at Wrens Thicket and Wild Duck Reserve.

Information: email the Deer Management Committee at or call Mike Conklin, the town’s environmental director, at 203-563-0180.