[UPDATE] Reader Amy Ancel points out that bow hunting is illegal in Westport. However, it is legal in other towns — with a permit.
Brian Burns is a 1994 graduate of Staples High School, where he starred on a state championship soccer tam. Now living nearly 300 miles north, in Calais, Vermont, he builds furniture and plays bluegrass guitar. He and his wife Dillon have 2 sons, Sarge (14) and Dewey (13).
In his free time, Brian is a bow hunter. Surprisingly, it takes serious effort — and luck — to find deer in northern Vermont. However, when visiting family here, he sees them everywhere.
So — knowing how much homeowners here hate deer — Brian has an offer. He writes:
I hope to find Fairfield County landowners who will let me bow hunt deer on their property.
I am a very safe, ethical, quiet and responsible hunter. I’ll happily share as much venison with you as you’d like.
Typical deer hunting hours are the 90 minutes surrounding sunrise and sunset.
Bow hunting is a close range pursuit. Most shots are within 20 yards, from an elevated position, so arrow flight is short and very controlled.
Ideally, properties would be 3 acres or more (the bigger the better!), and have deer on them during daylight hours.
Archery season for private land in Fairfield County starts September 15 and runs through the end of January. I’m able to get down there a few days each year.
Connecticut regulations require landowners to sign a consent form each year. I can supply that for anyone interested.
I hope to get down this January to give it a try. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
Thank you so much. Happy holidays!