About Hunting in Rhode Island

Rhode Island, while small, has a lot of hunting opportunities. Hunting attracts lots of tourism to the state of Rhode Island and is also a strong staple in many local family customs. The state has coastal shrublands, forestlands, and grasslands. Hunting opportunities include Whitetail deer, waterfowl, small game, and upland bird hunting.

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Rhode Island Deer Hunting Seasons 2021 – 2022

SeasonDates
Archery
(includes Crossbow)
September 11 – 12 (Youth only, Zone 1)
September 25 – 26 (Youth only, Zone 2)
September 15 – January 31, 2022 (Zone 1)
October 1 – January 31, 2022 (Zone 2)
Archery:
Patience & Prudence
Islands (Zone 3)
October 30 – 31 (Youth only)
November 1 – January 31, 2022
Archery:
Block Island (Zone 4)
October 12-15, 18-22, 25-29
(Check local ordinance)
MuzzleloaderOctober 30 – 31 (Youth only Zones 1, 2)
November 6 – 28 (Zones 1, 2)
December 26 – January 2, 2022
(Zones 1, 2 Private land only,
antlerless deer only)
ShotgunDecember 4 – 19 (Zone 1)
December 4 – 12 (Zone 2)
December 26 – January 2, 2022
(Zones 1, 2 – Private land only,
antlerless deer only)
Archery, Muzzleloader,
Shotgun (Zone 4)
November 1-5, 8-10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19,
22, 23, 29, 30
December 1-3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13
January 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20,
21, 24-28, 31, 2022
February 1-4, 7-11, 14-18, 2022
Special Season for Disabled
Hunters: Patience &
Prudence Islands (Zone 3)
October 26 – 29

Deer Limits According to Zone 2021 – 2022

ZoneLimits
Statewide
(all zones & methods combined)
2 Antlered Deer, (Zone 3: no
more than 1 Antlered Deer)
13 Antlerless Deer*
22 Antlerless Deer*
32 Antlerless Deer*
4Unlimited Antlerless Deer
*Anterless limits are per zone and hunters may harvest each limit within each zone in a hunting year cumulative across all weapons/seasons.

Rhode Island Wild Turkey Hunting Season Dates 2021

SeasonDatesLimit
Fall ArcheryOct 1-311 either sex
Youth (see note 1)Apr 18-24, 20222 bearded birds (see note 2)
Paraplegic (see note 1)Apr 23-24, 20222 bearded birds (see note 2)
SpringApr 28-May 22, 20222 bearded birds (see note 2)
1 See page 8 for more information on Youth & Paraplegic Hunt Opportunities.
2 No more than one (1) turkey may be taken on state lands during the
spring season. Each turkey harvested requires an individual permit.

Rhode Island License and Permits

License and PermitsFee (online)Fee (at vendor)
Resident Hunting License$21.00$23.00
Resident Trapping License$15.00$17.00
Non-Resident Hunting License$55.00$58.00
Non-Resident Trapping License$50.00$53.00
Resident All Outdoors Package Permit
(see note 1)
$78.00$81.00
Resident Deer Permit
(see note 2)
$13.00$13.50
Non-Resident Deer Permit
(see note 2)
$26.50$27.50
Resident Turkey Permit$8.00$8.50
Non-Resident Turkey Permit$21.50$22.50
  1. The All Outdoors Deer Permit Package consists of two (2) antlered
    deer permits and five (5) antlerless deer permits that may be used in
    any combination during the open deer seasons in Zones 1 and 2 in
    accordance with the zone bag limits.
  2. Deer permits are season, sex, weapon, and zone specific.
  3. Non-Residents pay a $1.00 Enhanced access fee ($18.00 Gamebird Permit and $9.00 State Waterfowl Stamp)

Links to Official Sites

Rhode Island Hunting Regulations PDF

Rhode Island Hunting Licenses and Permits

State Regulation Site