Be Safe Newtown
Newtown residents seeking a Lyme-free Newtown with deer-free roads,
a recovery of the woodlands and the return of native plant and bird
species within 5 years








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As is the case with any program there are certain to be questions that arise.  Below we have attempted to address some of the questions you may have regarding the deer reduction effort in Newtown, CT.

As a landowner, what is my liability if something happens on my property?
The CT DEP states: Landowners who allow, without fee, the use of their property are protected from liability by Connecticut law (C.G.S. 52-557g).

How often will someone be hunting on my property?
Under normal circumstances your hunter will be on your property approximately 2-3 times per week.  

How long does the season last?
The bow hunting season lasts from September 15 through
January 31

Is it really hunting when cameras, bait and deer stands are used?
In an attempt to get the problem under control the DEP has done everything possible to facilitate the deer reduction process.  This is very different from sport hunting.

What are the lot size requirements for hunting?
There is no minimum lot size restriction for bow hunting.

Are rifles allowed?
Yes, hunters may use rifles, shotguns or muzzleloaders.  There are, however, minimum lot size requirements, safe distance requirements from buildings and limited dates within the overall season when these may be used.

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