The primary factor that could affect the season, according to CBNR Wildlife Biologist Howard Kilpatrick, was last year's tough winter. But a plentiful acorn crop during the autumn helped, and aerial surveys indicate abundant whitetail numbers. There are hot spots throughout the state; look toward the southwestern areas to find the highest numbers of deer, especially in and near suburban developments. Counties like Windham and Tolland are characterized by more farmland and better access, and consistently garner high hunter success figures. The private-land archery season extension through the end of January in zones 11 and 12 will be held again. Contact: Connecticut Bureau of Natural Resources (860-642-7239; www. dep.state.ct.us/burnatr/wildlife).