Deer hunting permits already in high demand

A deer in Heckscher State Park in East

A deer in Heckscher State Park in East Islip. (June 15, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

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Riverhead Town officials say they are being flooded with applications from deer hunters to take part in a lottery to participate in the state shotgun hunting season on town-owned Enterprise Park at Calverton.

Even with the lottery limited to town residents and property owners, demand is high, officials said.

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"It's overwhelming," Councilman George Gabrielsen said. The town began accepting applications Wednesday.

With about 150 slots for the undeveloped part of EPCAL, hunting areas are divided up so only one hunter at a time is in any single location.

People who live on rental property in the town and business owners with stores in Riverhead can apply for the hunt. But a store owner who rents his or her property and lives in another town is ineligible, Gabrielsen said.

The town hunt will be on weekdays from Jan. 7-31, and hunters will need to follow all state hunting regulations.

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