03/21/14 1:40pm
03/21/2014 1:40 PM

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Anatomy of a deer cull
 author and former U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooter Joseph Albanese chatted live with Suffolk Times and Riverhead News-Review readers from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday.

Mr. Albanese answered questions based on his experiences participating in culls and other work with the USDA.  (more…)

03/21/14 8:00am

A federal sharpshooter’s view from an elevated box blind on a Nassau Point property during a 2013 deer cull.

My stomach growled with the uneasy nausea that troubles me whenever I work overnight several days in a row. I grabbed a handful of the sugary snacks I always keep on hand to squelch the rumblings and ensure my eyelids stay wide open during these 16-hour stints.

As I glanced down at my watch, I heard a twig snap in the distance. I slowly swung my rifle in the direction of the noise and brought my cheek to rest on the firearm’s comb.  (more…)