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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.

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