Hunting season at NWR begins Jan. 3
The following information was submitted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing its white-tailed deer hunting season. The season begins Thursday, Jan. 3 and runs to Feb. 22, 2019, on selected units, excluding weekends per Town of New Shoreham regulations. Hunting is allowed by refuge permit only and may be obtained at https://rhodeislandpermits.recaccess.com/.
Sandy Point, Beane Point and Grove Point Units of Block Island National Wildlife Refuge will be open in January and February for the firearm season, and the Wash Pond Unit will be open for archery-only season during the same time period. Beane Point Unit season begins Tuesday, Jan. 22 to allow for quality waterfowl hunt in adjacent waters.
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.
Some people are surprised to learn that hunting is allowed on a national wildlife refuge, but these lands have been established not only to preserve wild places, but also to promote wildlife-dependent recreation when compatible with the purposes for which the refuges were established. As one of the oldest, most traditional recreational uses of renewable natural resources, hunting has been a popular activity within the National Wildlife Refuge System since its creation over a century ago. Refuges often depend on hunting as a beneficial tool to assist in the management of wildlife populations on our public lands. Today, more than 300 of our nation's refuges provide hunting opportunities to their visitors
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.
For more 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/.