2010-12-09 / News

DEM emphasizes hunting regulations

The Department of Environmental Management reminds all Rhode Islanders that, for safety reasons, they must wear fluorescent orange when they are in state management areas during the shotgun deer-hunting season, which opened on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Hunters are required to wear 500 square inches of fluorescent orange during the shotgun season. Throughout all shotgun-deer seasons, all other users of state management areas also must wear at least 500 square inches of solid, daylight fluorescent orange material. For all hunters and management area users, the orange clothing should include a hat and vest worn above the waist and visible in all directions. Archers are exempt from wearing hunter orange in areas of the state that are limited to hunting by archery only.

Deer hunting hours remain one-half hour before sunrise to onehalf hour after sunset. All deer taken must be tagged immediately, and checked within 24 hours at either a vendor-operated check station or by an authorized representative of the DEM. No state-operated check stations will be open during the shotgun portion of the deer season.

New this year, deer management zones 1 and 2 have been established following town boundaries for harvesting deer in accordance with specifi c management goals. The bag limits for deer are established for hunting within that specific zone. Sportsmen may hunt in any zone within the established bag limits for that zone with appropriate deer tags. A zone map is available in the 2010-2011 hunting abstract available on DEM’s website, www.dem.ri.gov.

The shotgun season for deer on the mainland runs from Saturday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 12, and from Sunday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 2. Hunters can utilize both state land management areas and private lands in Zone 2 during those periods. The bag limit on state lands and on private lands in Zone 2 is one either-sex and one antlerless deer; the bag limit on private lands in Zone 1 is one either-sex and two antlerless deer. From Saturday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 12, and from Sunday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 16, shotgun season is open on private lands in Zone 1 and on Jamestown/Aquidneck Island. The bag limits for both areas is one either-sex deer and two antlerless deer.

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