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RI Department of Environmental Management
DEM ANNOUNCES OPENING OF EXPERIMENTAL LATE HUNTING SEASON FOR CANADA GEESE
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that there will be an experimental late hunting season for Canada geese from January 15 through February 15.
As in other Atlantic Flyway states, the special season has been established to help reduce the state's growing resident Canada goose population. The flocks congregate, eating winter crop cover and pulling up grass from the roots in both farming and recreational areas, and deposit high levels of fecal coliform and nitrogen in their waste, resulting in numerous nuisance complaints received annually by DEM and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Goose hunting will be limited to specific areas of the state that have fewer migratory birds than others. These include areas of Providence and Kent Counties where waterfowl hunting is normally allowed, and portions of northern Exeter and North Kingstown in Washington County. In northern Exeter and North Kingstown, Canada goose hunting during the experimental season will be allowed only in the following northern area of the two communities: north of the line designated by Rte. 165 in Exeter, across Rte. 3 to the old Ten Rod Rd., to Rte. 102, to South Rd. (a.k.a. Slocumville Rd.), across Rte. 2 to Allenton-Exeter Rd., to Indian Corner Rd., to West Allenton Rd., to Rte. 4, south on Rte. 4 to the junction of Rte. 1, south on Rte. 1 to the junction of Rte. 138, and east on Rte. 138 to the middle of the Jamestown Bridge. A map showing the hunting area boundaries will be given to each hunter.
Newport County, Bristol County, and the remainder of Washington County will be closed to all Canada goose hunting during this late experimental season.
To hunt during this experimental season, hunters must obtain a late season permit by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife, Box 218, West Kingston, RI 02892. They may also apply in person at DEM's Great Swamp office on Great Neck Road in West Kingston, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hunters must carry their permits while goose hunting, and must return them to the Great Swamp office, whether or not they have hunted, by February 29, 2000, for continued goose hunting privileges during the 2000-2001 season. The daily bag limit for the experimental season will be five Canada geese, and as per federal and state law, the possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.