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Connecticut

Grade Breakdown by Resident and Nonresident

Residents: C
Nonresidents: B-
Individual Reports and Comments
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tompolaris (resident)
Buck Quality: C
Deer Quantity: D
Deer Management: D
Need a bear hunting season in units 1,2, &3 to help deer population put Muzzleloader before rifle private land
huntnfreak (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: B
Deer hunting revolves around food sources and the rut. This season, where i hunt white oak acorns were decimated by gypsy moth caterpillars. We hunted known travel corridors and were able to score.
DeerDan (nonresident)
Buck Quality: A+
Deer Quantity: A-
Deer Management: D-
Zone I've been hunting the last few years has been really good to me. Have seen some great bucks and harvested a few. I think they give out way to many tags especially buck.
Al Gambardella (resident)
Buck Quality: B+
Deer Quantity: A
Deer Management: C+
ct still has a very good deer population where I hunt. I have seen some real nice bucks this year, I BELIEVE the deer herd could be managed a little better as to the number of deer that be harvested
Robz7 (resident)
Buck Quality: A
Deer Quantity: A
Deer Management: B-
Overall great season
Sgt. York (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: B+
Deer Management: C
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)
Buck Quality: A+
Deer Quantity: C
Deer Management: B-
Need to continue clear cutting state land to offer better habitat for wildlife
shawnm (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: A
Deer Management: C
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.
BOBHUNT71 (resident)
Buck Quality: A
Deer Quantity: C
Deer Management: C
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 .
buckwild46 (nonresident)
Buck Quality: B-
Deer Quantity: B-
Deer Management: C+
to many tags given out
Sean Salvarezza (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: C+
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)
Buck Quality: F
Deer Quantity: D-
Deer Management: F
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.
bigbuckbob (resident)
Buck Quality: C-
Deer Quantity: C-
Deer Management: F
State land is over hunted, need bucks only and size limits.
bigbuckbob (resident)
Buck Quality: C-
Deer Quantity: C-
Deer Management: F
State land is over hunted, need bucks only and size limits.
Rich Ernye (resident)
Buck Quality: A-
Deer Quantity: B-
Deer Management: D-
Bag limits way to liberal
nehunter (resident)
Buck Quality: B+
Deer Quantity: D+
Deer Management: D+
Predator population has hurt the Fawn population in CT
tracker980 (resident)
Buck Quality: D-
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: F
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.
Oneeye (resident)
Buck Quality: C+
Deer Quantity: C-
Deer Management: C-
Progressive decline in population. Predators a serious problem. Now seeing coyotes and bears regularly even saw some bobcats.
Charlie Rehor (nonresident)
Buck Quality: C-
Deer Quantity: C
Deer Management: C-
Private land a must
Gene (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: C+
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.
Gman (resident)
Buck Quality: D
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: F
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.
grizzlyadam (resident)
Buck Quality: C+
Deer Quantity: C-
Deer Management: C
The quality, quantity and management of the deer in CT varies greatly from one end to the other.
Jim Maloney (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: C
Deer Management: F
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
AdiOse (resident)
Buck Quality: D
Deer Quantity: D
Deer Management: A+
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)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: B
Deer Management: C
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)
Buck Quality: C
Deer Quantity: C
Deer Management: C
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.
Rader1 (resident)
Buck Quality: C+
Deer Quantity: B-
Deer Management: C+
I would like to see the number of tags dropped to 4 for bow hunting.
Cranial Vault (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: C+
Deer Management: D
Bucks are Mostly decent...but low numbers of does stretches the big boys thin.
>>---CTCrow---> (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: D
Deer Management: F
Hunted 3 or 4 times before my injury and didn't see any deer.
Brandon Marschner (resident)
Buck Quality: D
Deer Quantity: C-
Deer Management: F
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.
PeteO (resident)
Buck Quality: A+
Deer Quantity: A+
Deer Management: A+
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)
Buck Quality: A-
Deer Quantity: D+
Deer Management: F
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
spikehorn (resident)
Buck Quality: C
Deer Quantity: D
Deer Management: F
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.
SILVERADO (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: D
Deer Management: F
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)
Buck Quality: B-
Deer Quantity: C
Deer Management: C
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 ....
Native (resident)
Buck Quality: C
Deer Quantity: B-
Deer Management: C+
it would be great if ct would open sunday hunting in general . and extend the season state wide till jan 31 for bow
deerjesus (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: B+
Deer Management: F
state needs to do a better job with management. They also need to open up more land to hunt.
InRut-KB-Bowhunter (resident)
Buck Quality: B-
Deer Quantity: C
Deer Management: F
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
jax2009r (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: B-
Deer Management: B
too crowded on public grounds
Passthrough (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: B+
Deer Management: B
Would like to see sunday hunting in all zones. Archery allowwd durung gun season on state land.
soapdish (resident)
Buck Quality: B-
Deer Quantity: C+
Deer Management: F
Tag system is a joke. Which spearheads poor management and no accountability of the heard.
rix102 (resident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: A
Deer Management: C
I see plenty of deer but I don’t believe the state is regulating the deer hereby properly.
steve (resident)
Buck Quality: B+
Deer Quantity: C
Deer Management: F
You can’t shoot 30 does 6 to 8 bucks any size and expect the heard to survive
notme (resident)
Buck Quality: C+
Deer Quantity: C+
Deer Management: D+
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
Steve7 (resident)
Buck Quality: A-
Deer Quantity: C+
Deer Management: C-
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.
Buckiller (resident)
Buck Quality: B-
Deer Quantity: B-
Deer Management: C+
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)
Buck Quality: A-
Deer Quantity: A-
Deer Management: C+
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.
Will (nonresident)
Buck Quality: B
Deer Quantity: B+
Deer Management: B
Some very nice bucks, but not as common as MA/NY, way, way more deer than MA.
SWK (resident)
Buck Quality: C+
Deer Quantity: D
Deer Management: F
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!!!
IdRatherBeHunting (resident)
Buck Quality: B-
Deer Quantity: B-
Deer Management: C+
I try to manage the areas that I hunt, but the states deer management program needs to be updated.
Bloodtrail (resident)
Buck Quality: C
Deer Quantity: D-
Deer Management: D
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)
Buck Quality: C+
Deer Quantity: B-
Deer Management: B-
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.
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