Rhode Island Building New Deer Check Station in Exeter

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The Department of Environmental Management announces that construction of a new hunter check station at Arcadia Management Area in Exeter is underway.

The current site located on Route 165 is being fully upgraded. The site's existing Quonset-style hut check station will be replaced with a new, 1,152 square foot building that features a deer checking area, composting toilet, office, and storage facilities. In addition, a new, 1,296 square foot open pavilion that can be used for workshops, education and hunter safety programs will be constructed at the site. The existing loop roadway will be relocated away from the Wood River, and parking for 19 vehicles will be provided.

Nadeau Corporation of South Attleboro is the contractor for the $267,900 project, of which 75 percent is being paid with federal funds through the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife Restoration Fund, and 25 percent through the sale of state hunting licenses. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of November.

The existing check station on Route 165 will remain open on weekends in October and from November 6 through November 9 during the first four days of the deer muzzleloader season. The Quonset hut will be demolished when the new check station building is completed.