Town Manager, Council discouraging firearms hunting for the next month

Tue, 11/03/2020 - 3:15pm

Due to the numbers of visitors Block Island continues to see during the 2020 shoulder season, as well as a rise in Covid-19 cases not only in Rhode Island, but in states where hunters may travel from, the Block Island Town Council and the Town Manager wants to put the brakes on the firearms hunting season until Dec. 1. Shotgun and muzzle-loading season officially began on Monday, Nov. 2. 

The council and Dr. Warcup of the Medical Center were also concerned that day trippers and new residents on the island may not be aware that hunting season has started while they are out walking on the trails and lands. The council, Warcup and Town Manager Maryanne Crawford shared their concerns at the meeting held on Monday, Nov. 2.

With hunting delayed at the Block Island Wildlife Refuge, and hunting not taking place at Rodman’s Hollow and Black Rock until January, the only route to hunt on Block Island is to get permission from a landowner and a double sign-off from Police Chief Vin Carlone.

While the Town Council has not taken any action on the matter, Crawford said on Tuesday, Nov. 3 that she, in concert with the council, is “requesting hunters not to come to Block Island to hunt” until Dec. 1.

Crawford said she will also be in touch with Chief Carlone about the possibility of not signing off on the permission slips until Dec. 1.

The following statement was issued by the Town of New Shoreham on Tuesday, Nov. 3

Town Council Requests Firearms Season for Deer Start December 1, 2020

The New Shoreham Town Council met Monday, November 2, 2020 and discussed hunting season in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been brought to the Councils’ attention that there are more people living on Block Island this year than in recent years and many community members are spending more time recreating outdoors this fall. Recently, the town made a formal request to US Fish and Wildlife asking to delay the start of firearms season at Sandy Point and Grove Point until December 1st, and US Fish and Wildlife agreed to honor our request in a recent release formally announcing the delay. The Town Council is requesting all private land owners to delay firearms deer hunting on their property until December 1st.