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DNER announces hunting season on Mona Island

Bow hunting season for goats and feral pigs on Mona Island will take place between Nov. 29 and Dec. 23, with shotgun and bow hunting season running between Jan. 10 and March 31, 2022.

By John McPhaul

The Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) announced last week that the bow hunting season on Mona Island will take place between Nov. 29 and Dec. 23.

Meanwhile, the shotgun and bow hunting season will be between Jan. 10 and March 31, 2022. The ammunition allowed for shotguns is 0, 00, 000 and “Slug.”

Hunting will only be allowed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The hunting limit is five goats per day, and there is no daily limit for hunting feral pigs. Hunters must be authorized by the DNER.

Goat and boar hunters must wear a minimum of 500 uninterrupted square inches of fluorescent orange material in plain sight, as provided in Article 9, section 9.4, subsection (B) of the Regulations to govern the conservation and management of wildlife (Regulation 6785).

Likewise, hunters must have their prey visible before shooting to avoid unfortunate accidents. Meanwhile, new hunters must be accompanied by another experienced hunter.

In addition, it is not allowed to transport any part of the feral pigs (meat, skin, entrails) to the island of Puerto Rico, nor is the consumption of alcoholic beverages allowed in the nature reserve.

The DNER warned that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a series of important safety regulations that every hunter must follow are in place, including those issued by way of the governor’s executive order. The use of masks at all times was highlighted, maintaining a minimum distance of six feet in the camping areas, and evidence of vaccination against COVID or a negative result for COVID of no more than 72 hours prior to the visit to the Mona Island Nature Reserve.

The drawing for the shifts to access the reserve will be held this Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Auditorium Hall located on the fourth floor of the DNER, and only group leaders will be allowed to enter.

Applications are being received at the Office of Land Use and Forest Permits, (787) 999-2200 Ext. 5610, 5613; and at the department’s regional offices in: Aguadilla (787) 882-5752, Arecibo (787) 880-8070, Guayama (787) 864-3895, Humacao (787) 852-4440, Mayagüez (787) 230-4900 and Ponce (787) 844-4051. All requests must be accompanied by a payment of $50. Requests from groups of more than 12 people will not be allowed, and although companions are allowed, they should never exceed the number of hunters.

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