PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP/WPRI) - The first phase of Rhode Island's deer season opens Saturday on both public and private lands.
Shotgun hunting will be allowed on state management areas on the mainland through Dec. 11, then again from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. Hunting is permitted on private lands in certain areas through Dec. 18 and again from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.
The bag limit on state land is one deer of either sex and one antler-less deer. Hunting hours run from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset.
However, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has issued new requirements for checking harvested deer that go into effect this season.
Hunters are now required to report any deer killed within 24 hours by using a "postage-paid kill report card supplied by DEM. The report cards replace the need for hunters to check deer and turkey at vendor check stations during most of the deer and turkey hunting seasons."
State officials are reminding residents to wear fluorescent orange if they're on state management areas during the hunting season. The clothing should include hat and vest worn above the waist. Hunters are also required to wear orange.
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