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The Department of Environmental Management announces the seasons and general rules for shotgun deer hunting in Rhode Island.

All hunters, including archers, are required to wear 500 square inches of fluorescent orange during the shotgun season. Throughout the shotgun deer season, all other users of state management areas must also wear at least 500 square inches of solid, daylight fluorescent orange material; thereafter, the requirement drops to 200 square inches through the end of February, and during the spring turkey-hunting season.

The shotgun season for taking either-sex and antlerless deer – female deer or male deer with antlers less than three inches long – on the mainland commences Saturday, December 1 and continues through December 9. Hunters can utilize both state and private land during that period. The shotgun season continues for taking both either-sex and antlerless deer, on private land only, from December 10 through December 16. Antlerless deer permit holders may also continue to hunt private land December 29-30 and January 5-6 this season.

Hunters are required to check their deer at state operated stations during opening weekend. For East Bay hunter convenience, a check station will be open at Ft. Wetherill in Jamestown at that time. East Bay hunters may also utilize Main Bait & Tackle in Fall River, MA.

Need more info? Visit: http://www.dem.ri.gov/

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