DEM releases waterfowl hunting regulations
The Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has established the 2011-12 waterfowl hunting season regulations. The three-way split season for waterfowl begins on Friday, Oct. 7, and the season for snow geese and sea ducks opens on Saturday, Oct. 8.
All waterfowl hunters, age 16 and older, are required to carry a valid federal waterfowl stamp available for purchase at post offices and a Rhode Island waterfowl stamp signed in ink across the face. The Rhode Island stamp may be purchased for $7.50 at licensed vendors.
Hunters are also required to obtain the free migratory bird harvest information program permits. Federal law requires all migratory bird hunters to carry a state-issued HIP permit. Waterfowl hunters are reminded that Rhode Island state law prohibits the discharge of firearms within 500 feet of occupied buildings. This prohibition covers all activities, including those conducted on land, along the shoreline, or in a watercraft.
Dates of the waterfowl hunting threeway split are Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, Nov. 23 to Nov. 27, and Dec. 3 to Jan. 22, 2012.
Youth waterfowl hunting days are Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23. Youth hunters must be 12 to 14 years of age, and an adult at least 21 years of age must be in the immediate company of the youth hunter. The accompanying adult and all adults are prohibited from hunting on youth waterfowl hunting days.