09/04/14 8:00am
09/04/2014 8:00 AM
Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Considering the disappointing numbers reported last week from the controversial deer cull that took place earlier this year, a call is going out to get all stakeholders — especially environmentalists — involved as state and regional authorities regroup and figure out a plan to tackle Suffolk County’s overpopulated deer herds.  (more…)

08/22/14 4:00pm
08/22/2014 4:00 PM
Hal Goodale received a $80,000 grant to help him expand the family business. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Hal Goodale received an $80,000 grant to help him expand the family business. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Milk, cheese, eggs are staples on any family’s grocery list — and thanks to federal grant funding, one of Long Island’s only dairy farms will soon offer convenient home delivery of these farm fresh necessities.

Goodale Farms in Aquebogue has received $80,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Value-Added Producer Grant program, the agency announced Monday.  (more…)

05/10/14 8:00am
05/10/2014 8:00 AM
Deer cull opponents — an unlikely combination of hunters and animal advocates — have called the federally run hunt inhumane and a threat to hunters’ rights. Others say deer are a threat to human life and property. (Credit: file photo)

Deer cull opponents — an unlikely combination of hunters and animal advocates — have called the federally run hunt inhumane and a threat to hunters’ rights. Others say deer are a threat to human life and property. (Credit: file photo)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that thousands of pounds of venison were donated to food pantries during the controversial deer cull that concluded last month.

But opponents of the federal sharpshooting program said that figure is misleading and have threatened to take further legal action if plans for another cull on the East End crop up next year.  (more…)

03/21/14 8:00am
03/21/2014 8:00 AM

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…)

02/26/14 3:07pm
02/26/2014 3:07 PM
Deer on Deep Hole Drive in Mattituck. (Lynette Dallas courtesy file photo)

Deer on Deep Hole Drive in Mattituck. (Lynette Dallas courtesy file photo)

A state Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Southold Town that sought to prevent a plan to use hired federal hunters to trim the number of deer within town lines.

On Wednesday, Judge Gerard Asher determined the suit, which protested the town’s decision to contribute $25,000 to the Long Island Farm Bureau to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s sharpshooter program, to be without merit.  (more…)