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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
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DEM ANNOUNCES PRUDENCE/PATIENCE ISLANDS ARCHERY DEER SEASON
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has announced that the 2000-2001 archery deer hunting season on Prudence and Patience Islands will be open from Monday, October 30 through January 12, or until the quota of 100 deer has been reached. Only bucks may be taken from October 30 through November 10; either sex deer may be taken through the rest of the season. Hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Archers with a valid archery deer permit may also take raccoon and fox (no bag limit for either species) on Prudence Island during legal deer hunting hours.
To hunt these islands, archers must have a current Rhode Island hunting license and a current Prudence/Patience archery deer permit. Archers must also carry on their persons a valid archery proficiency card and written permission to hunt on private land, countersigned by the chief of police or his island representative. Through November 12, archers may only hunt on state land with a reservation and, as of today, all those reservations are full. Hunting without a reservation is allowed on state lands beginning on November 13.
All deer, whether taken on state or private land on Prudence Island, must be tagged immediately, have a leg seal attached, and be checked at the island check station before being taken off island. Patience Island deer may be checked on Prudence Island, or at a mainland vendor deer check station.
Archery deer permits for Prudence and Patience Islands may be purchased at hunting license vendors and also on Prudence Island at Canario's General Store, 113 Daniels Avenue. A list of vendor deer check stations and additional hunting information can be found in the 2000-2001 hunting and trapping abstract, available from DEM at 222-6647, or from hunting license vendors. (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.)