The findings of the Deer Committee
of the meetings
Fairfield County Deer Management
THE DEER PROBLEM
A Ridgefield High School ninth grader does a research paper on deer in
Talk by Dr. Georgina Scholl
Audubon Greenwich's deer management plan
What's planned there?
State's official information on
State Health Department information.
Information on Ridgefield's government.
Page updated 10/14/2008
The Ridgefield Deer Committee, which had its first
meeting in September 2004, was created by the Board of Selectmen to
determine the extent of the overpopulation of White-tailed Deer in Ridgefield,
and if and how the town should deal with the problem.
The committee consisted of 19 members, representing a wide
variety of backgrounds. To learn more about the committee and about the issue of
deer, visit the links at the left.
On June 27, 2005, the committee voted 17 to 1 to approve
a report that contains many recommendations, including controlled hunting
on town-owned property.
The report, viewable through a link at the top left,
was presented to the Board of Selectmen July 6, and its recommendations
were subsequently approved.
The selectmen then created a deer management
committee to implement the hunting recommendations in the
In 2006, the town had its first controlled hunt. A year
later, the hunt was expanded to additional town-owned open spaces, and in
2008, still more conservation lands were added. (Several large pieces of
state-owned land are already open to hunting.)
Hunts involve both bows and guns, depending on season.
For information on Ridgefield's controlled hunts, and the
Deer Committee in general, call Tom Belote, chairman, at 431-6430, or
email him at tom [at] belotelaw [dot] com.