A male deer stands in a forest.
White-tailed deer High populations of white-tailed deer can threaten preserves through over-browsing and transmitting disease. © Janet Haas


Devil’s Den Preserve to Close Weekdays During Limited Deer Hunt

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The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has announced that it will hold its annual controlled deer hunt at Devil’s Den Preserve during the state-designated firearms hunting season for private lands.

The hunt will take place on the following weekdays only: November 16-17 (Wednesday, Thursday); November 21-23 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday); November 28-December 1 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday); and December 5-6 (Monday, Tuesday). Devil’s Den will be closed to visitors on these days, and signs will be posted at all public entrances to the preserve. The Conservancy provides this information so that residents and their families, guests and tenants can make plans to refrain from visiting the preserve on these days.

TNC is working with experienced hunters with knowledge of the preserve and local area who will work only in select areas of the preserve’s interior away from any neighboring properties. Signs will be posted at all public entrances to the preserve.

The purpose of the controlled hunt, which has been held each fall since 2001, is to improve and maintain forest health by reducing the deer population. In recent decades, the high density of deer in southwestern Connecticut and associated overbrowsing have caused ecological damage in the region’s forests, harming the understory, limiting tree regeneration and contributing to the gradual loss of native flowering plant diversity.

The annual hunt, in combination with additional restoration efforts conducted by The Nature Conservancy and other conservation organizations contribute to improving and maintaining the resilience of forests in this region.

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