Hunting opportunities on Block Island

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 3:45pm
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The following press release was sent to The Block Island Times by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Hunting Opportunities at Ninigret and Block Island National Wildlife Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce white-tailed deer hunting opportunities during the 2018/2019 hunting season. All hunting is allowed by refuge permit only. The Lewis Tract Unit at Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will be open for the November and December 2018 regular seasons. The Kettle Pond and Salt Pond Units at Ninigret NWR will be open to archery only hunting, beginning December 17, 2018 to January 31, 2019. Sandy Point and Beane Point Units of Block Island NWR will be open in January and February for the firearm season, and the Wash Pond unit will be open for archery hunting during January and February.

We will be holding our annual youth hunters deer season at the Salt Pond Unit from December 1 to December 16, 2018, which is open to all licensed hunters between the ages of 12 and 17. The junior hunters deer hunt is a mentorship event, utilizing the experiences of adults to assist and introduce youth to the outdoors and the use of hunting as a big game management tool. The adult mentor must accompany all youth hunters during the hunt.

Refuge-specific hunting regulations will be implemented to facilitate a safe and quality hunt that incorporates the safety and concerns of the general public as well as refuge neighbors. For more information and to apply for any of the refuge hunts please visit https:// rhodeislandpermits.recaccess.com/

The Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a diverse network of lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that includes over 560 national wildlife refuges and more than 150 million acres of public lands and waters set aside for the conservation of fish, wildlife and plants. The Refuge System works to foster public awareness and appreciation of the natural world through wildlife-dependent recreation, including wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation, fishing and hunting.

Again, hunting permit information for the Ninigret and Block Island National Wildlife Refuges is available at https://rhodeislandpermits.recaccess.com. For further information and questions on the Rhode Island NWR Complex hunting program, please contact the refuge office at 401-364-9124, or visit the website at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/ninigret/