Rhode Island deer hunting permits go on sale Wednesday

CHARLESTOWN — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow white-tailed deer hunting during the 2019-20 hunting season in the Lewis Tract Unit at Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge. All hunting is allowed by refuge permit only. The refuge will be open for the November and December 2019 regular seasons. The Kettle Pond and Salt Pond Units at Ninigret will be open to archery only hunting, beginning Dec. 23 to Jan. 31.

The annual youth hunters’ deer season at the Salt Pond Unit will be open from Dec. 7 to 22 for licensed hunters between the ages of 12 and 17. The junior hunter deer hunt is a mentorship event, utilizing the experiences of adults to assist and introduce youth to the outdoors and the use of hunting as a big game management tool. The adult mentor must accompany all youth hunters during the hunt.

Refuge-specific hunting regulations will be implemented to facilitate a safe and quality hunt that incorporates the safety and concerns of the general public as well as refuge neighbors. Permits are available beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, on a first come basis. For more information and to apply for any of the refuge hunts, visit rhodeislandpermits.recaccess.com or call 401-364-9124, ext. 4410.

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