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

For Release:

October 25, 2000


Sally Spadaro 222-4700 ext. 2426
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418


PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has announced that the season for muzzle loader deer hunting on the mainland opens on Saturday, November 4th and continues through November 26th.

Hunters may purchase two muzzle loader deer permits this year. The statewide muzzle loader deer permit is valid for either sex deer and may be purchased at any time throughout the season. The "bonus" muzzle loader deer permit is valid for antler-less deer only, is limited to taking the deer on private land, and must be purchased prior to the season opening.

"We initiated this "bonus" management strategy to slow growing deer populations on private property by shifting hunting pressure from state lands," said Michael Lapisky, DEM Deputy Chief for Wildlife Resources. "Its focus on antler-less deer, defined as male or female deer with antlers less than three inches long, is an effective method to reduce herds."

Hunters must obtain written permission to hunt on private land and should check with local authorities for additional hunting restrictions. Muzzle loader hunters are limited to using black powder or approved substitutes and are required to wear a minimum of 200 square inches of fluorescent orange at all times.

Deer hunting hours remain one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. All deer taken must be tagged immediately, and checked within 24 hours at either a vendor or state operated check station or by an authorized representative of DEM. (Since the hunting abstracts went to print, an additional check station has been added. That is Main Bait and Tackle at 2599 South Main Street in Fall River, MA.)

Muzzle loader deer permits are available at DEM's Office of Boat Registration and Licensing, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and at selected hunting license vendors throughout Rhode Island.

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