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DEM ANNOUNCES DATES, RULES FOR SHOTGUN DEER SEASONS ON BLOCK ISLAND AND THE MAINLAND
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has announced the seasons and rules for shotgun deer hunting on both Block Island and the mainland.
The season for shotgun deer hunting on Block Island opens on Monday, November 27 and continues on November 28 and 30, and December 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, and January 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 and February 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Either sex deer may be taken throughout the season.
To participate on Block Island, hunters must have a current Rhode Island hunting license and a current Block Island shotgun deer permit. In addition, hunters must carry written permission to hunt on private land, countersigned by the chief of police or his island representative. All state land on Block Island will be closed for the shotgun deer hunting. Hunters must wear a minimum of 500 square inches of fluorescent orange at all times.
All deer taken must be tagged immediately and checked within 24 hours and attached with a leg seal before leaving the island. Block Island deer may be checked at the residence of Arthur Rose on Westside Road, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m., or at the residence of Kirk Littlefield of 487 Old Town Road, from 5 to 7 p.m.
There is no bag limit for shotgun deer on Block Island. Prior to the season, hunters may purchase two Block Island shotgun deer permits. After checking the first deer, hunters may then purchase additional Block Island shotgun deer permits, but may not possess more than two Block Island archery or shotgun deer permits at one time.
Block Island shotgun deer permits may be purchased at the New Shoreham Town Clerk's Office on the island, at DEM's Office of Boat Registration and Licensing at DEM Headquarters, 235 Promenade Street in Providence, or at any hunting license vendor throughout the state.
Additional hunting information for both Block Island and mainland seasons is available in the 2000-2001 Rhode Island Hunting and Trapping Abstract available from DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife at 789-0281, or from hunting license vendors.
Shotgun Deer Hunting on the Mainland
The season for shotgun deer hunting throughout mainland Rhode Island will be open from December 2 through December 10 in Providence, Kent and Washington Counties on both state and private land, continuing through December 15 on private land only. There is no shotgun season in the Northwest Cooperative Deer Hunting Area from December 11 to December 15.
Wildlife biologists from DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife say that prospects for the season are good as the sparse acorn crop is keeping deer on the move. Last year 446 deer were taken during the shotgun season, the largest of which was a 200 pound dressed 12 point buck from South Kingstown. Exeter and Richmond reported the most deer harvested last year - 56 deer in each community.
Prior to the opening of the season, hunters may purchase two permits to take two deer: one either sex shotgun deer permit and a bonus antlerless deer permit for private land only. Permits can be used for taking deer in either sequence.
Shotguns are limited to 10, 12, 16, and 20 gauge, plugged to 5 shell maximum. Buckshot is limited to 00 buck or larger and is prohibited in 20 gauge. Deer hunters can carry only buckshot, sabot rounds, or rifled slug while hunting.
Anyone hunting on private land must obtain written permission from the landowner and carry this authorization at all times. Deer hunters must wear a minimum of 500 square inches of florescent orange, as must all users in management areas during the shotgun season.
Hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. All deer must be ear-tagged immediately and checked within 24 hours. Hunters must check their deer at state run check stations during the December 2-10 portion of the season. Check station hours are from 8 am to 6 pm, except at Durfee Hill, which will operate from 6 am to 6 pm. During the private land only season, hunters must check their deer at a vendor-operated check station. Hours vary at vendor check stations. Please call the station to verify their hours.
Mainland hunters may check their shotgun deer at the following stations:
STATE-OPERATED CHECK STATIONS
VENDOR-OPERATED CHECK STATIONS
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