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Richards retires, Springer gets full-time appointment

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Deer Management Links
Shelter Island Deer & Tick Committee Website:
"Fewer Deer May Mean Less Lyme Disease", Entomological Society of America
NYS DEC Hunting Information:
Suffolk County Department of Health
Ticks & Tick-Borne Diseases of Suffolk County Brochure:
Deer Management Programs Overview
4-Poster Deer & Tick Program

The Shelter Island Police Department oversees the 4-Poster Program on Shelter Island in cooperation with the Shelter Island Deer & Tick Committee, the Town of Shelter Island and the Highway Department.  4-Posters are plastic feeding stations affixed with four rollers on vertical posts that apply a solution of the common pesticide permethrin to the heads and necks of deer as they feed on corn.  Ticks concentrate heavily in those areas of the deer, which are the primary hosts for the black-legged or deer tick, the dog tick and the Lone Star Tick, which carry diseases including Lyme, babesiosis, and erlichiosis.


The Town's 4-Poster stations are usually deployed throughout the Island from mid-March through mid-December, as these are the active months in the ticks' life-cycles.  The town currently owns 60 of these units.
For a copy of the most recent Deer & Tick Committee meeting minutes, please visit the Committee website at 

Town-Managed Deer Hunting Program


In the interest of safety for all involved, the Shelter Island Police Department currently oversees the Town-Managed Deer Hunting Program for the Town of Shelter Island.  Hunters who wish to participate in the program must either be residents of Shelter Island or have full-time employment on the Island, and must be assigned to a property or properties.  Hunters must also provide a copy of their current NYS hunting license.  The recreational bow hunting season begins October 1 and ends on the last day of January.  The special firearms season takes place in January.  During the hunting seasons, hunters are required to contact the SIPD to schedule the dates that they plan to hunt on their designated properties.  The SIPD logs each deer taken at each property, including the hunter's name, the deer's age, sex and the date of kill.


For more information, please contact Beau Payne, Animal Control Officer, at 631-749-5771 or