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

For Release: April 12, 2005
Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

***CLARIFICATION**

USERS OF STATE MANAGEMENT AREAS REQUIRED TO WEAR FLUORESCENT ORANGE DURING TURKEY HUNTING SEASON

Turkey Hunters Themselves Remain Exempt, but are Urged to Wear the Protective Coloring While Walking To and From Their Stands

PROVIDENCE - In a recent (April 8) press release, the Department of Environmental Management cautioned all Rhode Islanders that, for safety reasons, they must wear fluorescent orange when in state management areas during the wild turkey hunting season.

State regulations require that all users of the management areas must wear at least 200 square inches of solid daylight-fluorescent orange material throughout the turkey-hunting season. A hat or vest qualifies for the 200-square-inch requirement and also meets the specification that the fluorescent orange is worn above the waist. Turkey hunters themselves, however, remain exempt from the requirement, but are urged to wear the protective coloring while walking to and from their stands.

A special turkey hunting season for youths and paraplegics will be held on April 23 and April 24, and the regular turkey hunting season takes place from April 28 through May 26.

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