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Hunting in Rhode Island: Top Spots for Hunting in the Ocean State

By    |   Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:43 AM

With 24 wildlife management areas encompassing more than 46,000 acres, hunting in Rhode Island offers outdoor enthusiasts bountiful opportunities for bagging deer, fox, turkey, pheasant and other prized game animals.

That’s in addition to the many private hunting areas made available by landowners. Hunting seasons vary by location and by animal, so consult the Department of Environmental Management before planning your next hunting trip. Also, remember that you might need additional permits or tags to hunt in some of these areas, especially if they offer scheduled hunts for specific species.

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When hunting in Rhode Island, check out these areas where game animals are abundant and hunting opportunities are plentiful.

1. Arcadia Wildlife Management Area
Encompassing West Greenwich, Exeter, Hopkinton, and Richmond, this public hunting area spans more than 13,000 acres and is Rhode Island’s largest state-managed area. Game & Fish magazine touts it as one of the best places in Rhode Island to hunt rabbit. The land is home not only to cottontail rabbits and snowshoe hare, but also to fox, raccoon, wild turkey, and pheasant, according to RIHunts.com.

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2. George Washington Wildlife Management Area
Covering more than 3,000 acres, this public hunting ground includes mainly forest area and is home to rabbit, hare, coyote, squirrel, deer, fox, and raccoon, in addition to waterfowl and game birds like duck and wild turkey. According to Game & Fish magazine, this area is one of the best places in Rhode Island to hunt gray squirrel, especially early in the hunting season. Located on the property is the 10-acre Pulaski Wildlife Marsh, home to numerous waterfowl and to wetland birds and mammals.

3. Rodman’s Hollow, Block Island
Field and Stream magazine recommends this area, located on Block Island, as one of the best places to hunt whitetail deer. In fact, this region is so heavily populated by deer that the state depends on hunters to keep the population under control. Hunters are selected via a lottery system for the hunt, which occurs during a four-week period. The DEM said hunters must have a separate Block Island hunting permit to participate.

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

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