Riverhead Town sets date for Calverton bow-hunting lottery

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | David Lee Fulton of Riverhead helped organize the EPCAL hunt back in 2001.

A bow-hunting lottery will be held later this month for local residents and landowners who wish to hunt deer in and around the former Grumman facility in Calverton, as well as a small area near Sound Avenue.

The lottery, scheduled for Sept. 24, will be open to all Riverhead residents and Riverhead property owners, town officials said.

Hunters will be able to choose one week to hunt between Oct. 8 and Dec. 2, in one of nine areas in Calverton or one section along Sound Avenue, Councilman George Gabrielsen said.

Each of the Calverton sections will be open to four hunters per week, while the section near Sound Avenue will be open to two hunters per week, he said.

This will be the first year landowners, who don’t necessarily reside in Riverhead, will be allowed to bow hunt in Riverhead; the lottery was previously only open to Riverhead residents. The change also allows business owners to participate, Mr. Gabrielsen said.

The lottery will be held in the Town Hall board room on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m.

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