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Riverhead Town will hold a lottery on Wednesday, Dec. 4 for permits to hunt for deer on town-owned land during the special shotgun season on Long Island in January.

The special shotgun season runs from Jan. 5 through 31, from sunrise to sunset.

Hunters must have valid N.Y. State big game licenses and must be either residents of or property owners in the Town of Riverhead to be eligible to participate in the lottery.

The lottery will be held by the town’s Wildlife Management Advisory Committee at 6 p.m. in the town hall meeting room.

Town-owned properties that will be open to shotgun-hunting are located at the Enterprise Park At Calverton and at 1751 Sound Avenue in Calverton.

Licensed hunters can also hunt on qualifying privately owned lands, with the landowner’s written permission as well as on certain lands managed by the N.Y. State Department of Environmental Conservation.

A deer-hunting archery season is currently underway and continues through Jan. 31.

The DEC says that more than 3,000 deer are harvested annually on Long Island during the archery and shotgun seasons combined.

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