Steps taken to protect rare rabbit

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PROVIDENCE — Small game hunting season opens this month according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

The season for pheasant, cottontail rabbit, gray squirrel, bobwhite quail, red and gray fox is Saturday, Oct. 19 to Saturday, Feb. 29. The season for woodcock is Oct. 19 to Dec. 2 and the second portion of the mourning dove season, Oct. 19 to Dec. 1.

Small game and upland game bird hunters must check in and out of check stations at Arcadia, Carolina, Great Swamp and Durfee Hill Management Areas on Oct. 19 to 20, Oct. 26 and 27, and Nov. 2 and 3 when hunting those areas. Check station hours are a half-hour before sunrise until sunset.

The season for hunting raccoon is open now through Saturday, Feb. 29. The season for coyote on state land is open now through Saturday, Feb. 29 and during the spring turkey season, Thursday, April 30 to Sunday, May 24, provided the hunter has a valid spring turkey permit in his/her possession. There is no closed season for coyote on private land.

Small game, upland game bird, and coyote hunters are reminded that they are required to wear a minimum of 200 square inches of fluorescent orange beginning Saturday, Oct. 19, and 500 square inches during the shotgun deer seasons. Fall turkey hunters are required to wear 200 square inches of fluorescent orange while traveling during the fall turkey season.

All other users of state management areas and designated undeveloped state parks are required to wear a minimum of 200 square inches of fluorescent orange now through the last day in February, except during the shotgun deer seasons in December when a minimum of 500 square inches is required.

More information, including daily bag, possession limits, and fluorescent orange requirements, is available in the 2019-2020 Hunting & Trapping Guide at dem.ri.gov and at license vendors.

— Sun staff

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