More hunts in the works for EPCAL

02/14/2011 2:59 PM |

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | The Riverhead Town Board approved the January hunt in the Enterprise Park in Calverton in December.

The January deer hunt at the Calverton Enterprise Park was a resounding success, hunters and officials agreed.
The month-long hunt drew 75 shotgun hunters who took about 50 deer.

Another hunt is in the works for fall and Town Councilman George Gabrielsen wants to organize a turkey hunt as well.
The hunt was planned in part to help thin the herd at the former Grumman naval plant property, which totals about 2,900 acres. Mr. Gabrielsen’s brother Tom, who took part in the hunt, said the deer appeared healthier than they had during another hunt 10 years ago, but still they were about 20 percent underweight.

He said he hoped this and future hunts will help the herd return to full health.

“I’ll help the DEC any way I can to bring them up to normal,” he said. “But back 10 years ago, I would say they were about 50 percent underweight. You could see their ribs. We didn’t see any of that.”

“It was a good turnout,” said Councilman Gabrielsen, who helped organize the hunt. “These people were just thrilled. A lot of the guys brought out their sons; it had a real family outing feel to it, too. We’re absolutely going to open it up to bow hunting in the fall; I think there are about two to three times the amount of bow hunters than shotgun hunters.

“But you had to see the amount of turkeys out there,” he continued. “I couldn’t believe it.”

The councilman said he was talking with the state Department of Conservation to approve deer and turkey hunts in Calverton later this year and the DEC appears to be on board.

“We would be happy to assist the town with any type of hunting activities they may plan in the future, whether that’s deer, small game or birds,” said DEC spokesman Bill Fonda. He said a fall turkey season would be open to both shotgun and bow hunters.

Conservation officers patrolled the Calverton property throughout the hunt and found no problems, according to Mr. Fonda.

Mr. Gabrielsen said a lot of volunteers helped make January’s hunt a success, including one Jamesport resident who plowed an access road that led to the hunting grounds.

The hunters, Riverhead residents chosen by lottery, did not pay a fee but voluntarily donated just under $300 as a group to the Riverhead animal shelter. “It was a good cause that way, kind of a win-win,” Mr. Gabrielsen said.

“Everyone who went in there had a good time,” he said. “It’s a nice, big area so people were not on top of each other.”

He said hunters had spotted an albino deer, which is “pretty rare.”

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  • Nice that the hunters have a place to go, but for for the people who want to race their cars in a legal way have been totally ignored.

  • the group of 75 hunters donated a total of $300 to the animal shelter.! wow very generous.
    Riverhead should consider charging admission.

  • I HOPE THESE DEER WERE USED FOR FOOD.HUNTING JUST TO KILL IS THE SAME AS MURDERING A PERSON.THE DEER ARE NOT IN OUR WAY WE ARE IN THE DEERS WAY…IF YOU DON’T LIKE DEER CROSSING STREETS THEN YOU SHOULDN’T BUILD IN A DEER POPULATED AREA..HOW SAD WHAT THIS TOWN IS DOING…
    I GUESS THE TURKEY BOTHERS GABRIELSON TOO ..MY GOD THE TURKEYS JUST STARTED TO COME BACK..YOU KNOW FARMERS GET SPECIAL PERMITS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE DEER POPULATION DOWN ON THEIR PROPERTY….FARMERS HAVE HAD THIS PROBLEM EVEN DURING COLONIAL TIMES..FOR GOD SAKE CUT THIS CRAP OUT….MURDERS

  • hunting and racing go hand in hand. why not a race facility with hunting grounds on the side, could double as unused protected land also. sounds like it would benefit many types of residents. could even throw in a nature trail for the off season.(hunting)

  • Why shout Laurie D? Doesn’t help your unenlightened viewpoint get across any better. The landscape of our forebears did not support the massive deer populations we have today; there was much more of a balance between prey-predator. Maybe you missed the part about deer overpopulation and starvation of the herd. Is it more humane to let a weak, food-deprived deer die in the cold? I say no. Hunters are one of the few checks on the population. As far as turkeys, they eat grapes voraciously….

  • FIRST OFF I LIKE TO WRITE IN CAPITALS..SECONDLY WE HAVE STARVING PEOPLE ..ARE PEOPLE EATING THIS MEAT?OR IS ABOUT WHO COULD KILL THE MOST?75 HUNTERS AND 50 DEER DON’T SOUND LIKE AN OVER POPULATION TO ME.BY THE WAY MY HUSBAND IS A HUNTER AND WE EAT HIS KILL.YOU KNOW HOMELESS PEOPLE DIE IN THE COLD FOOD-DEPRIVED.OH YEA THE REASON THAT WAS GIVEN BY THE TOWN WAS BECAUSE DEER RUN IN FRONT OF CARS .TURKEYS EAT GRAPES..WE NEVER HAD GRAPES GROWING HERE EXCEPT FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS..SO NOW WILD TURKEYS ARE NO GOOD EITHER….YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK….

  • You people are the stupidest of all.