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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462
||September 18, 2003
||Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418
DEM ANNOUNCES DATES FOR THE 2003-2004 WATERFOWL
PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management's Division
of Fish and Wildlife has established the
2003-2004 waterfowl hunting season regulations. The three-way
split season for waterfowl begins on October 10. The hunting season
for snow geese also opens on October 10 and the season for sea ducks
opens on October 11.
Rhode Island waterfowl hunting guides, which include bag limits and
season dates, are available at license vendors, as are free migratory
bird harvest information program (HIP) permits. Federal law requires
all migratory bird hunters to carry a state-issued HIP permit.
All waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to carry a valid
federal migratory bird hunting and conservation stamp (duck stamp),
available for purchase at post offices, and a Rhode Island waterfowl
stamp, signed in ink across the face. The Rhode Island stamp may be
Waterfowl hunters are reminded that Rhode Island state law prohibits
the discharge of firearms within 500 feet of occupied buildings; this
prohibition covers all activities, including those conducted on land,
along the shoreline, or in a watercraft.
Dates of the waterfowl hunting three-way split are Friday, October 10
through Monday October 13, November 26 through November 30, and
December 6 through January 25.
The regular Canada Goose season will encompass 60 days, split into two
segments: one nine-day segment beginning November 22 and the second
beginning on December 6. State goose hunting fields are available, in
the South Shore Management Area in Matunuck, during the regular goose
season, by special permit, which will be available after November 1.
In addition to the regular goose season, there will be a 17-day
experimental late resident Canada Goose season beginning on January
30, limited to restricted areas, and by special permit, which will be
available from the Division after December 30.
Hunters are reminded that they also need a special permit to hunt the
Waterfowl Impoundment in the Great Swamp Management Area in West
The special permits can be obtained by sending a self-addressed,
stamped, business-size envelope labeled with the appropriate permit -
SSMA Goose Permit, Late Goose Season, or, for the Great Swamp
impoundment area, Waterfowl Permit - to the DEM Division of Fish and
Wildlife, Box 218, West Kingston, RI 02892. Hunters must include their
telephone number in their requests.
For more information contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife
Headquarters at 789-3094. The waterfowl regulations can also be found
on the DEM website,
www.state.ri.us/dem, by clicking on "Wildlife/Hunter
Ed" on the
To purchase a
collectable waterfowl stamp or for information on a waterfowl
print, contact the Division at 789-3094. Monies collected from the
sale of state duck stamps and print/stamp sets is used solely toward
funding Rhode Island's waterfowl management programs. Those programs
include habitat purchase and management, waterfowl banding, research,
and management needs. The funds are also used as match to obtain
federal Pittman-Robinson funds for wildlife restoration programs.
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