Grade Breakdown by Resident and Nonresident
Individual Reports and CommentsAdd Your Grade
Overall great season
Sgt. York (resident)
I saw deer roughly every other sit in zone 2 private bordering state. I also saw coyote, bobcat and bear. Predators are gonna be a problem for deer pop if not addressed.
Brian Malpass (nonresident)
Need to continue clear cutting state land to offer better habitat for wildlife
I think the state could do a lot better with the tagging system. State land is over crowded and if you don't have access to private land its a joke. Plenty does and young bucks in my area.
Good season. Saw some nice bucks about 1to 1.5 ratio in my area . Numbers of does where down from last season but more mature bucks that moved more during daylight with doe #s down .
to many tags given out
Sean Salvarezza (resident)
Generally happy with the size and quantity of deer seeing on public land. State should improve public land habitat and incentivize private land habitat improvement. Tagging and bag limits are fine.
Mike Prete (resident)
Bucks are over hunted. Need a buck draw and antler restriction because we have the potential for giant bucks. Ct's deer management plan is to kill every deer. Very lax tagging and reporting system.
State land is over hunted, need bucks only and size limits.
State land is over hunted, need bucks only and size limits.
Rich Ernye (resident)
Bag limits way to liberal
Predator population has hurt the Fawn population in CT
Saw plenty of does and young bucks but only 1 glimpse of a mature buck all season. Ended up taking a 4 pointer but I really believe we need an antler restriction if we want to see larger bucks.
Progressive decline in population. Predators a serious problem. Now seeing coyotes and bears regularly even saw some bobcats.
Charlie Rehor (nonresident)
Private land a must
I hunt private land in Zone 6. Some decent bucks have been taken around here this year and I am seeing more deer than in the past several years. We need predator control -cats and bears.
I hunt state land in North central CT. Saw several deer but only 2 small bucks. I am not aware of any management being done and wish they would open up state land to Sunday hunting.
The quality, quantity and management of the deer in CT varies greatly from one end to the other.
Jim Maloney (resident)
Quantity of deer in Litchfield county are way down due to predators and bears. Reason is no bear season, no night hunting coyotes, no bobcat hunting and far to liberal deer tags. Some good bucks arou
State management goal is 20 deer/ sq mile. That's 20 deer/640 acres. That's 1 deer/32 acres. Yup we did it!. 2018 big push for hunting everything on Sunday-just like a Saturday, get involved.
air leak (resident)
Although I don’t have any issues, I’m sure others abuse the tagging system. I’m not a biologist, I won’t comment on the deer management.
Brian M. (resident)
I gave C's across the board for this season only. Mainly due to lack of acorns in my area. 150+/- hours on stand and only saw 4 bucks/31 does. Plenty in fields, few in the woods. Tough year.
I would like to see the number of tags dropped to 4 for bow hunting.
Cranial Vault (resident)
Bucks are Mostly decent...but low numbers of does stretches the big boys thin.
Hunted 3 or 4 times before my injury and didn't see any deer.
Brandon Marschner (resident)
There needs to be an antler restriction. There also needs to be a reduction in tags issued. Hunting has declined significantly over the past ten years.
I have hunted Min once a week since September 15th and maybe twice I have gone out and not seen a deer. I have let many deer walk. I have seen alteast 7 different mature bucks while on stand.
Mt man (resident)
I hunt the northwest corner there are some very nice bucks but really not a lot of deer . I passed on a couple of does which in years past I wouldn’t have .we need a bear season
Steady decrease in numbers the last 5 years. I won't shoot a doe in areas giving replacement tags there are so few. Many not following tagging system. Combination of factors causing low numbers IMO.
What Management??? The State is atrocious especially in zone 11. The brown it’s down and whack em and stack em mentality needs to go. We need to go back to the old tag system.
Ronald R Tourigny (nonresident)
The deer population has dropped drastically over the past 5 years ...Doe permits will allow you to take up to 4 does ...that’s just Archery season add gun to that spells disaster for the heard ....
it would be great if ct would open sunday hunting in general . and extend the season state wide till jan 31 for bow
state needs to do a better job with management. They also need to open up more land to hunt.
have small spots that back up to good woods , seen a lot on the camera and a lot at night not so much when sitting. But do see more bucks than does
too crowded on public grounds
Would like to see sunday hunting in all zones. Archery allowwd durung gun season on state land.
Tag system is a joke. Which spearheads poor management and no accountability of the heard.
I see plenty of deer but I don’t believe the state is regulating the deer hereby properly.
You can’t shoot 30 does 6 to 8 bucks any size and expect the heard to survive
I didnt get out that much this year..the one private spot i did hunt used to have 6-20 mixed deer at all times with a couple of slobs..this year 4-6 does,1 fork,1button...1mature 8pt buck.big yote pr
I had the best season yet, BUT, thats only because this was my first year hunting private. As for state spots that i usually do good, they just werent there. Plenty of yotes and cats tho.
The state has a good boom with a peek of white tails about 5 years ago but too many predators have began to hurt our deer population.
FULL DRAW (resident)
I rated my deer season as excellent only beceause my private land is very good with lots of deer. I also think my property is not the norm for Ct and most private and state properties are in decline.
Some very nice bucks, but not as common as MA/NY, way, way more deer than MA.
Based on hunting in the north zones over 30 years...Over run with predators & with ammo restrictions on state land for yotes. No season on Bear,Cats... CT Deer program is a complete Joke!!!
I try to manage the areas that I hunt, but the states deer management program needs to be updated.
Worst season I have ever had in over 30 years of bowhunting this state. Hunting primarily state land, I only saw 4 deer from a stand in 17 sits this fall. Each year it is getting worse.
Pat Lefemine (resident)
I think CT is underrated as a decent place to hunt bucks. It's not an Iowa or Kansas but the state does a decent job providing opportunities. You can shoot a mature deer in CT on quality private land.