Hunting season is here
The state Division of Fish and Wildlife has four Deer Management Units, three of which are comprised of more than one city, town or island. Block Island, however, is its own unit — known as Zone 4. Zone 4 has a unique schedule and limits. There is an informative booklet, the “2013-2014 R.I. Hunting and Trapping Abstract,” at Town Hall for interested hunters.
On Block Island, a hunter must receive written permission from the landowner and the Chief of Police in order to hunt on parcels of land that are privately owned, according to Town Clerk Fiona Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick said this permit must be kept on-hand while hunting. All hunters, including archers, must wear some amount of daylight fluorescent orange.
Because written permission from the homeowner is required, information about which property owners are hunter-friendly is available at town hall. Those homeowners have filled out a “deer hunting-interested” form that provides contact information, the size of the lot and plat numbers so that it may be located on the town’s plat maps. According to Fitzpatrick, the form is not an indication that the homeowner has given final permission to hunt on the property. Written permission must still be granted to the hunter.
According to the DEM, all deer must be tagged and reported within 24 hours of taking, and deer are to be reported to the DEM by using the pre-paid Kill Report Post Card. Buckshot is prohibited for deer hunting.
Archery-only hunting on Block Island can occur on the following dates: Oct. 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 and Nov. 1.
Archery, muzzleloader and shotgun hunting can occur on Block Island on the following dates:
November: 4 – 8, 12, 14-15, 18-19, 21-22, 25-26.
December: 2-3, 5-6, 9-10, 12-13, 16-17, 19-20.
January: 2-3, 5-6, 9-10, 12-13, 16-17, 21-24, 27-29, 30-31.
February: 3-7, 10-14, 18-21, 24-28.
Bag/season limits for antlerless deer on Block Island: 5
For the Black Rock Hunt at Rodman’s Hollow hunters will be chosen by lottery.
The four units of land managed by the National Wildlife Refuge will be open for hunting by special permit only, and will be open for shotgun, archery and muzzleloader hunting in January and February, excluding weekends, according to an email from the R.I. National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
“Town Hall sells not only hunting and fishing licenses and deer tags, but also pheasant permits,” said Fitzpatrick.