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News Release
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release:

August 23, 2000

Contact:

Sally J. Spadaro 222-4700 ext. 2426
Charles Allin 789-0281

DEM ANNOUNCES CANADA GOOSE, MOURNING DOVE, AND MIGRATORY GAME BIRD SEASONS

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM), Division of Fish and Wildlife has set statewide fall seasons for four species of game birds.

For resident Canadian geese, there will be an early hunting season beginning on September 11 and running through September 25. Hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limit for geese is 5 with a possession limit of 10 birds. Hunters are required to obtain a special goose hunting permit by mail or in person. Permits will be available on September 1, 2000. Mailed requests should be sent, with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to the Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife, PO Box 218, West Kingston, RI 02992. Alternately, hunters may apply at the Great Swamp Field Headquarters, off Liberty Lane in West Kingston.

This year's mourning dove hunting season will consist of a three-way split season. The first split will open September 30 and run through October 14 from noon to sunset daily. The second split will run from October 21 through November 13, and the third split will run from December 11 to January 10, 2001. For these two later seasons, hunting will be allowed from sunrise to sunset daily, except opening day of small game season (October 21) which opens at 7AM. The daily bag limit is 12 birds, with a possession limit of 24 doves.

With regard to other webless migratory game bird seasons, snipe will open on September 9 and continue through December 1, and rail will open on September 9 run through November 17. The daily bag limits on these species is 5 birds, with a possession limit of 10 birds. Hunting is from one half hour before sunrise to sunset daily.

Hunters are reminded that they are required by federal law to have a Rhode Island State 2000 Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit on their person while hunting any migratory game birds. HIP permits are available free at local sporting good stores selling RI state hunting licenses around the state and at Division of Fish and Wildlife Offices.


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