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South Shore Management Area
Location and Access
South Shore Management Area is comprised of a number of disconnected
parcels located in the Town of South Kingstown, R.I. Designated by
management field number, fields are located as follows: Field 3 is
located east of Matunuk Beach Road just north of Schoolhouse Road,
Fields 4 and 5 are located west of Moonstone Beach Road and north of
Schoolhouse Road and Field 6 is located east of Green Hill Beach Road
just north of Schoolhouse Road. The management area is found on the
Kingston, R.I. U.S.G.S. topographic quad map.
The South Shore Management Area, in total, covers approximately 109
acres. Much of the management area was purchased as working farms in
cultivated fields and have been maintained in that way. DEM Fish and
Wildlife leases all the farmland to local farmers who grow a variety
of agricultural crops ranging from corn and potatoes to vegetables and
other row crops. Lands surrounding the various fields which are not
cultivated consist of forested or brush/scrub lands adding diversity
to the management area. The principal purpose of maintaining the
management areas as working farms is to preserve the agricultural land
uses so important to the wildlife community in the south shore region.
These farms are used extensively by migratory waterfowl, particularly
Canada Geese and various species of ducks, as resting and feeding
stopovers during migration and wintering periods.
Typical game mammals found within the South Shore Area include
cottontail rabbits, gray squirrel and white-tailed deer and furbearers
such as raccoon and mink. Mourning doves use the area during the fall
period for feeding and resting areas and other game birds including
bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse, and woodcock inhabit field borders and
thickets. As previously mentioned, waterfowl, namely Canada goose,
ducks and some snow geese, make extensive use of the fields during
fall and winter for feeding and migratory stopovers. DEM Fish and
Wildlife has established pit blinds in each of the four fields that
are used extensively during the goose hunting season. "Goose fields"
are allocated on a special permit reservation basis, where hunters
must have a minimum of 24 goose decoys in order to hunt.