Other changes made in final hunting and fishing plan following public comments

Following vocal concern over plans to allow hunting at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, the Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a change to the plan for the Middletown refuge.

In releasing its final hunting and fishing plan for the National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island, Fish and Wildlife officials said the plan at Sachuest has been adapted so that no firearms will be allowed and there will be no general hunting season open to the public.

Under the current plan a short — three to five day — special mentored deer hunt, permitting only archery will be allowed. In addition, the hunting area has been reduced to exclude all areas near the town beaches, campground and the saltmarsh.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, the mentored hunt will not occur every year.