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The Town of Riverhead has started accepting applications for the upcoming season’s shotgun-hunting lottery.

The lottery is used to grant permits for deer-hunting on town-owned property during the special January shtogun-hunting season on Long Island. The lottery will take place on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.

The lottery is open to licensed and eligible hunters, who must have a current and valid New York State hunter’s license, a state big game tag, and must be either a Riverhead resident or real property owner. Interested persons can obtain an application on the town’s website or through the Riverhead Recreation Department.

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. The EPCAL recreation trail, woods and fields will be closed during that time in the interest of public safety.

The application is due by Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. and can be emailed to [email protected]. Physical applications can be delivered or mailed to the Riverhead Senior Center at 60 Shade Tree Lane, Riverhead, N.Y. 11901, or the Riverhead Recreation Center at 55 Columbus Ave, Riverhead, N.Y. 11901.

Shotgun-hunting season on Long Island runs Jan. 2-31. An archery season is currently underway and runs through Jan. 31.

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.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]