Wear orange or get a fine during deer hunting season

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is reminding state residents that they must wear orange if they plan to visit a state managed area during deer hunting season. Failure to do so may result in a $100 fine.

Rhode Island law requires everyone visiting a state managed area during the shotgun deer season to wear at least 500 square inches of fluorescent orange which is typically a vest and hat.

As practical matter, the state issues few tickets according to state Environmental Police Chief Steve Hall.

"Yeah on all of our charges we issue more warnings than violations, said Hall. "We like to educate people and give them the benefit of the doubt."

Hall says the typical violators are cyclists or hikers who see the sign spelling out the fluorescent orange requirement but thinks it doesn't apply to them.

The deer hunting season started September 15th and runs on and off through January 31st.

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