Rhode Island Hunting
State Land Spotlight
Prudence Island Management Area
By Tanner Steeves, Wildlife Biologist, RIDEM
A variety of habitats occur within Prudence Island Management Area including tidal salt marsh, rocky shoreline, coastal shrubland and oak forest. The Eugene Chase Farm acquisition is particularly important given the relatively large patch of pitch pine barren which can support several beetles and moths of conservation need. Management efforts throughout the island include invasive plant management, saltmarsh adaptation projects, and prescribed fire aimed at sustaining coastal shrubland and pitch pine communities.
Prudence Island is accessible via ferry out of downtown Bristol, or by private boat. Prudence Island Management Area can be accessed by many trailheads throughout the island marked along the network of public roads. The NBNERR Learning Center is located at the south end on Roberta Avenue, and offers educational opportunities and visitor information. Prudence Island Management Area is open to archery deer hunting and located within Deer Management Zone 3. Given the relatively high white-tailed deer density on the island, providing deer hunting opportunities to the public is an important management strategy the Division of Fish and Wildlife uses to help protect the ecological integrity of these natural areas and alleviate negative human-related outcomes. Upland game hunting is permitted within North Prudence; and waterfowl hunting is permitted along the coastline no greater than 10 ft above mean high water. Take a trip out and enjoy Prudence Island Management Area!