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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:

November 6, 2000

Contact:

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

DEM ANNOUNCES 2000-01 WATERFOWL HUNTING SEASONS

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has announced the dates and possession limits for the current waterfowl hunting seasons.

The second segment of Rhode Islandís three-way split waterfowl season will begin on Saturday, November 18 and continue through Sunday, November 26. The daily bag limit is six regular ducks, with a total possession limit of 12. Within that bag limit, hunters can have no more than: four mallards (two hens); one black duck; two wood ducks; two redhead ducks; one pintail duck; four scaup or four canvasback ducks. Hunters may also take five mergansers per day, only one of which may be a hooded merganser. The possession limit for mergansers is 10.

Canada Goose Season Begins November 8

The regular Canada goose season will open on November 8 and end on December 13 with a two-bird daily bag limit. (The 2000-2001 waterfowl hunting abstract incorrectly states the dates.) Opening day for Canada goose hunting at the South Shore Management Area goose fields in the Matunuck area of South Kingstown is, however, November 10. The closing date for the fields is December 13.

Experimental Late Season Canada Goose Season Planned

There will be an experimental late season for Canada goose from January 15 to February 15, 2001. To hunt during this experimental season, a hunter must obtain a late season permit. This season is limited to Providence and Kent Counties, and portions of northern Exeter and North Kingstown. A hunting area boundary map will be provided with the permit. The permit must be carried while goose hunting, and must be returned, whether you hunt or not, by February 28, 2001 for continued goose hunting privileges during the 2001-2002 season. The daily bag limit for this season will be five Canada geese, with a possession limit of 10.

Permits for hunting in the South Shore Management Area goose fields are available now. Permits for the experimental late season will be available December 1. They can be obtained by applying in person weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at DEM's Great Swamp Field Office in West Kingston, or by sending a self-addressed stamped business envelope to that office at Box 218, West Kingston, RI. 02892. Hunters are asked to provide their telephone numbers with their requests.

All waterfowl hunters age 16 and older must carry a valid Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (duck stamp) and a Rhode Island Waterfowl Stamp, signed in ink across the face. All migratory bird hunters must also carry a Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit. A free HIP permit may be obtained at state hunting license vendors, town halls and DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife located at the Stedman Government Center on Tower Hill Road in Wakefield.


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