Redding's annual deer culling period began September 15th.
The town hunt to manage the deer population runs through January 31st. First Selectman Julia Pemberton reported that the Deer Management Plan has 56 registered hunters for bow hunting on 14 parcels. Last year, 44 hunters were registered and most have returned this year. But Pemberton noted that only about half of that group ended up hunting.
The first year 23 deer were culled. Last year 46 deer were taken. She says the town hunt has been successful, with no incidents.
In order to register to participate in the town hunt, people must fill out an application, have two references, submit their hunter license and call police dispatch when they're going to be bow hunting. They can use tree stands, but must be 20 yards or more away from any marked trail.
Not all of Redding's open space parcels are available for hunting.