Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Posted by Wayne G. Barber

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will launch a new, fully online fishing and hunting license system that expands upon current web-based services on Thursday, March 1.

Implementation of the new system is part of statewide efforts to improve customer service and streamline processes. The system will replace paper-based license issuances and accounting methods and builds upon the current offering of online fishing licenses to include hunting licenses, permits, tags, and stamps. Fishers and hunters will be able to access their accounts 24/7, so they can manage their licenses, add new permits and licenses from the comfort of home, on the go, or even out in the field.

The new system secures licensing and registration information electronically and enables customers to save frequently used information, report harvests online, and carry proof of licenses and permits in one document. The system will issue each user a Rhode Island Fishing and Hunting ID, or RIFHID (pronounced Rye-fid). This number is unique to each customer and can be used to quickly access the system to reprint lost or damaged licenses and permits, purchase additional permits, and renew licenses in subsequent years.

Licenses will still be available for purchase at DEM’s Office of Boating Registration & Licenses in Providence and participating sales agent locations across the state. On March 1, residents and non-resident customers will be able to purchase freshwater fishing, recreational saltwater fishing, hunting, and combination freshwater fishing and hunting licenses, as well as trout stamps and spring turkey permits. Starting in April, hunters will be able to report their spring turkey harvest online. In August, hunters will be able to purchase hunting permits for deer, migratory bird, and small game and will be able to report all harvests online.  

There are no additional fees for purchases made online or at DEM. If customers make purchases at a sales agent, there will be an enhanced access fee of $2 per license and $0.50 per permit for residents; for non-residents, the additional fee will be $3 per license and $0.50 per permit.  Enhanced access fees will be used to offset the administrative costs to bill, track, and account transactions at sales agent locations and support system development, operation, support and maintenance.

The enhanced system was developed by Rhode Island Interactive, LLC (RII). RII previously partnered with DEM and its vendors to issue the current online freshwater fishing license, which has been active for over 10 years, and saltwater fishing licenses, which have been available online since 2010.

As part of a larger network of recreational opportunities in Rhode Island, hunting and fishing play an important role in connecting people with nature, supporting quality of life and family traditions, and attracting tourism. Fishers and hunters purchase approximately 70,000 licenses, permits, stamps and tags each year and contribute more than $148 million to Rhode Island’s economy. Revenue generated from license and permit sales support Rhode Island fish and wildlife conservation programs. A critical source of funding, these monies are leveraged to match federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program dollars that support outdoor recreational opportunities for fishing, hunting, and boating in Rhode Island.

More information about the new licensing system is available at The site also acts as a portal to help plan adventures that make the most of Rhode Island’s great outdoors. The site links to information on hunting and fishing opportunities, trails and natural areas through a variety of maps, as well as certification information for hunter safety and boating safety.

For more information on DEM programs and initiatives, visit Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) for timely updates.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Free fishing weekend is the perfect opportunity to introduce a new angler to the sport!

Posted by Wayne G. Barber Photo by Wayne G. Barber

Author and his Grandson Mason Barber setting a tip-up.

An age-old escape from day-to-day stress (and a modern escape from screens), a good day of fishing offers equal parts relaxation, anticipation, and reward. Out on the water, surrounded by mountains and pines, you can make priceless outdoor memories, teach kids lifelong lessons — and if you’re lucky, rehash it all over a fresh-caught dinner.

Free fishing in Maine is coming up this weekend! On Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18any person may fish for free without a license on Maine’s waterways, (except those who have had their license suspended or revoked). This is the perfect opportunity to give fishing in Maine a try or, if you're an experienced angler, grab a friend or family member and take them out for a day of fun and learning!

Just remember, all other rules and regulations, including bag and possession limits, apply. 

You can review Maine's open water and ice fishing laws quickly and easily by visiting

Because the weather has been variable this winter, ice conditions can be unpredictable. Be sure to check the ice carefully before venturing out onto it.

We hope this weekend offers you the opportunity to make some wonderful memories in the Maine outdoors!
Source: Maine Fish and Wildlife Press Release 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2018 U.S. National Toboggan Championships

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

2018 U.S. National Toboggan Championships Schedule

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.         Team registration and toboggan inspection in Tobogganville
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.         Toboggan chute open to public, $5 per person, REGISTERED racers – FREE

7 a.m. to 9 a.m.             2-3 Person registration and toboggan inspection in Tobogganville
7 a.m. To noon              4-Person and Experimental registration and toboggan inspection in Tobogganville.
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.             Bus shuttle from downtown Camden $2 round-trip – pick-up @ Village Green ($10 limited on-site parking)
8 a.m.                            FIRST RUNS for 2- and 3-person division (SECOND RUNS will be immediately after first runs)
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.             Snow Bowl open for skiing and snowboarding
10 a.m.                          SECOND RUNS for 2- and 3-person division (Optional for fast times)
Noon(ish)                      COSTUME CONTEST PARADE in Tobogganville (with guest judges, live music by Planet Pan)
1 p.m.                            FIRST RUNS for 4-person and Experimental divisions
5 to 8 p.m.                     Chili Challenge at Sea Dog Brewing in downtown Camden

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.        Bus shuttle service from downtown Camden $2 round-trip – pick-up @ Village Green ($10 limited on-site parking)
9 a.m.                       SECOND RUNS for 4-person and Experimental teams (Optional for fast times)
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.        Snow Bowl open for skiing and snowboarding
Noon                         FINAL RUNS – begin with 2-person teams, then proceed with 3-person, 4-person and Experimental teams
TOP 25 – 2-person division
TOP 25 – 3-person division
TOP 50 – 4-person division
TOP 25% – Experimental teams
3 p.m. (approx)         Awards ceremonies in Tobogganville.
All times are approximate. Announcer will update the schedule on-site.
Racers: Arrive early and plan to spend the day! Ice conditions in chute subject to change.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Posted by Wayne G. Barber

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that a free workshop for hunters will be offered this month in Exeter.

A trapping workshop will be offered on Sunday, February 11 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at DEM’s Fish & Wildlife Education Center located at Camp E-Hun-Tee Place in Exeter. The workshop will include the history of trapping, an overview of conservation and trapping regulations, and the biology of different target species in Rhode Island.  Participants will learn about best management practices in the field, types of traps, and uses for the animal; they will also take part in a hands-on demonstration of how to set traps.  Space is limited and registration is required. To register, send your name, phone number and email address to Jessica Pena in the DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife at

Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear, and to bring food, beverages, and paper/pen for note taking to the workshop. 

As part of a larger network of recreational opportunities in Rhode Island, hunting plays an important role in connecting people with nature, supporting quality of life and family traditions, and attracting tourism. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, hunting contributes more than $18 million annually to Rhode Island’s economy.  Hunter education is offered as part of DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter Education Program.  Safety training is required by law in Rhode Island for beginning hunters. To date, more than 40,000 people have completed a hunter safety course in Rhode Island, helping to dramatically reduce related accidents in the state and elsewhereA complete schedule of hunter educational offerings is available at

For more information about hunting and trapping in Rhode Island, visit  Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) for timely updates.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Apply online now for the 2018 Maine Moose Permit Lottery

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Dreaming of the hunt of a lifetime? We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Maine moose permit lottery application process is now open.

Applications for the 2018 Maine moose permit lottery will be accepted online only.

The online application process is fast and simple and you receive instant confirmation that you have successfully entered the lottery.

To apply online, go to and fill out the online moose permit application. There, you will be able to indicate several preferences, including which wildlife management districts (WMD) you are willing to accept a permit in, and if you would accept a permit in another WMD if your name is drawn and all of your top choices are filled. You will also be able to select your preferred hunting season, whether or not you would accept an antlerless permit, and your choice of a sub-permittee.

The deadline to apply for the lottery is 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2018.

Applicants are awarded bonus points for each consecutive year that they have applied for the lottery since 1998 without being selected and each bonus point gives the applicant an additional chance in the drawing. Bonus points are earned at the rate of one per year for years one to five, two per year for years six to 10, three per year for years 11 to 15 and 10 per year for years 16 and beyond. Since 2011, applicants can skip a year and not lose their bonus points. So if you applied in 2016 but not in 2017, you will still have your points available if you apply in 2018.

Want to be there for the drawing? The 2018 moose lottery permit drawing will take place during the Skowhegan Moose Festival. The festival runs June 8-10, 2018 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds and the drawing will take place on the afternoon of June 9. For more information, please visit

For more information about moose hunting in Maine and the moose permit lottery, please visit:

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Special Black Bear show on Feb. 4, 2018

Posted by Wayne G. Barber  Photos by Wayne G.Barber

E-Mail the show at starting right now with your comments or questions for our expert Black Bear guest.

News, Ice Fishing Derby Dates, Whitetail Harvest reports, Solunar table and tides and interviews too !

Tentatively scheduled for Feb. 4 at 9:05 am New Hampshire's Benjamin Kilham, Black Bear expert and rehabilitator will be our guest for a third time in 6 years. Author , Gunsmith, Public Speaker, TV Specials and now a I-Max movie on his trip to China to help save the last 125 Panda's in the world.
I think he has 22 black bears sleeping on his property now and when they are big enough and healthy will be released back in to the wilds of New England

Benjamin Kilham, in China

12 Foot drop, Cascade Falls, Smithfield, RI

Monday, January 29, 2018

Olympic Medalist Kim Rhode Earns ISSF Shooter of the Year Honors

Posted b Wayne G. Barber

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado) As good as she’s been over the past 20-plus years, six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode arguably had one of her greatest seasons on record in 2017.  The shooting world thought so too and today she was recognized by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) as the Female Shooter of the Year for 2017.

Three of the top-10 Female Shooters in 2017 were from America’s Shooting Team and all from the shotgun ranks including reigning World Champion Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida) and Junior World Champion Katie Jacob (Rochester, Michigan) who finished tied for 10th. 

Joining the 38-year-old Rhode as top honoree was 42-year-old Japanese pistol competitor Matsuda Tomoyuki. Vincent Hancock was the last USA Shooting Team member to earn Athlete of the Year honors from the ISSF following his 2015 season.

Despite six Olympic medals, three World Championship medals and 33 World Cup medals, this is Rhode’s first Athlete of the Year honor.

“It feels amazing! It’s been actually an incredible year for me, I worked so hard leading up to it, and it’s great to see it all come together. This is just an incredible honor, and I’m super excited,” Rhode said. 

With a year that saw so many stellar performances from USA Shooting Team athletes, it took the near-Herculean task of winning two ISSF World Cup gold medals, one ISSF World Cup silver medal, a fourth-place finish at the ISSF World Championship and finishing off the year by winning the ISSF World Cup Final to earn to earn Rhode (El Monte, California) the distinction of USA Shooting Female Athlete of the Year and now ISSF Female Shooter of the Year.

After becoming the first Summer Olympian to win six medals in six straight Olympic appearances following a bronze-medal performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it would have been easy for Rhode to rest on her proverbial Olympic laurel wreath, but that’s never been an option the year following the Games for Rhode. 

“I haven’t deliberately taken any years off after the Olympics,” she said. “It is a lot easier to maintain my shooting at a certain level rather than having to build back up because I didn’t train.” 

With so many highlights to choose from, when pressed, Rhode said that her shoot-off with Olympic champion Diana Bacosi of Italy to win the World Cup Final topped them all.  

“The World Cup Final is the crème de la crème of competitors and by invitation only. You have to be at the top of the game to be invited.  To be competing with that talent and get into a shoot-off and go 22 straight in doubles, it doesn’t get much better.” 

2017 ISSF Female Shooter of the Year Top-10 

  1. Kimberly Rhode (USA)
  2. Yuemei Lin (CHN)
  3. Jessica Rossi (ITA)
  4. Shi Mengyao (CHN)
  5. Jolyn Beer (GER)
  6. Zhang Jingjing (CHN)
  7. Dania Jo Vizzi (USA)
  8. Ray Bassil (LBN)
  9. Andrea Arsovic (SRB)
  10. Katharina Monika Jacob (USA),
  11. Penny Smith (AUS)
  12. The ISSF Shooter of the Year award is assigned by the International Shooting Sport Federation according to the vote of the ISSF Coaches Advisory Committee, the ISSF Athletes Committee and a selected panel of media representatives.
    Matsuda and Rhode will be honored with the trophy during the 2018 ISSF Season, kicking-off in a few weeks in Guadalajara (MEX), where the first stage of the 2018 ISSF World Cup Series will take place from March 1-12.