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Hunting in Rhode Island: 3 Animals To Hunt Year-Round

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Hunting in Rhode Island consists many of hunting seasons, during which you can target specific species. However, the state allows year-round open hunting of some animals, many of which are considered a nuisance or have rapidly growing populations that need to be kept under control.

You may hunt these animals at any time as long as you abide by other state hunting regulations and by local laws. If you’re the type of hunter who wants to enjoy your favorite sport all year, the state is home to both large and small animals for hunting at any time.

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Here are three animals you can hunt all year long in Rhode Island.

1. Coyote
Coyotes are a nuisance animal in Rhode Island, becoming an increasingly common sight in urban areas and residential neighborhoods. Easy-to-access food sources in neighborhoods have tempted coyotes to venture out from the shelter of their wilderness homes, and being in constant proximity has reduced their natural fear of humans. Because of this, the animal is a growing threat to livestock and pets. Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management established a “no closed season" on coyotes, meaning hunters can take a coyote anywhere and at any time of the year, provided they use legal means to do so. For example, the use of poison is prohibited, and some cities and towns might have additional restrictions on the use of firearms.

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2. Monk Parakeet
According to DEM’s hunting regulations, there is no closed season on this bird, which the website Quahog.org noted started building colonies in Rhode Island in 1973. They are a nuisance, thanks to their noisy and constant vocalizing, and to the extensive nests they build, which sometimes cause power outages. These non-native birds are considered “invasive toxic" and have no legal protection.

3. Rock Dove (Wild Pigeon)
DEM regulations cite no closed season on these birds, with one exception: you cannot hunt rock doves in the John L. Curran State Park/Management Area.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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