State Managed Deer Hunt Begins On Block Island

Jan 20, 2014

Starting Tuesday, the second annual state managed deer hunt will be held on Block Island.

It’s the only hunt of its kind on state-owned land. 

A Virginia white-tailed doe.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The four week hunt takes place on a one-hundred fifteen acre parcel of state-owned land known as Black Rock.

Any Rhode Islander with a state hunting license is eligible to take part in the hunt. However only six hunters will be allowed on the property per day; they’ll be chosen via a lottery system. The bag limit is eight deer per hunter.

Block Island is having difficulty managing its exploding deer population; there is currently ten times the desired amount of deer on the island.

The local town council recently approved a state plan to hire a team of sharpshooters to professionally cull the population. That will take place next month.

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