January 28, 2023

Getting Paid for Getting Tail

What do you do when you really, really, need a hunter to kill some deer? Simple. You make it worth his while. When he registers a whitetail he’s killed, you give him $150 for his trouble—or, rather, for his deer tail. That’s what officials in Block Island, Rhode Island, did last fall. Like many suburban areas, Block Island—a 9,734-acre landmass off the state’s coast—struggles to control its whitetail population. “We’ve had estimates as high as 80 deer per square mile,” says Nancy Dodge, town manager in North Shoreham. “And the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) recommends about 10 deer per square mile. We have a high incidence of Lyme disease here, and people were getting really concerned.” Hunting is legal on Block Island, but not on weekends or during school holidays. “We have hiking trails and open spaces throughout the island that are used heavily by residents and tourists alike,” says Dodge. “Basically, our hunters were telling us that in order to and hunt, they’d need to take time off from work, and many couldn’t afford to do that.”

Source: Rhode Island Town Pays Bucks for Bucktail | Field & Stream


Law Banning Gun Silencers Stops Deer Culling on Block Island, RI

Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island, is 9.5 square miles and has as many as 1,000, perhaps more, inhabiting that island. That’s too many as the math tells us that amounts to around 100 deer per square mile.

A deer hunting was scheduled…..of course, not utilizing any licensed hunters or even residents of the island. Instead “sharpshooters” were hired to kill perhaps as many as 200 deer. That would reduce the deer per square mile down to 85. I assume because residents might be scared or offended by gun shot blasts (and perhaps the culling would take place during the nighttime hours), the sharpshooters had or intended to use silencers on their weapons. What no archery weaponry? What kind of “sharpshooters” are these?

But an existing law on the island, or at least that one community, prohibits the use of silencers. The deer kill was called off and it is believed that efforts are underway to change the law. What could possibly go wrong?<<<Read More>>>