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Rhode Island Hunting Seasons

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Rhode Island hunting seasons for 2021-2022.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

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Rhode Island Hunting Seasons

Rhode Island Hunting Season Dates

Rhode Island, while small, has a lot of hunting opportunities. The state has coastal shrublands, forestlands, and grasslands. Hunting opportunities include Whitetail deer, waterfowl, small game, and upland bird hunting.

Rhode Island Deer Seasons

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

Rhode Island Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Archery: October 1, 2021 - October 31, 2021

Spring Gobbler: April 28, 2022 - May 22, 2022

Rhode Island Hunting Zones

See the map below for a breakdown of RI's hunting zones:

Rhode Island Bag Limits by Zone

Zone 1 bag limit: 3 Antlerless Deer

Zone 2 bag limit: 2 Antlerless Deer

Zone 3 bag limit: 2 Antlerless Deer

Zone 4 bag limit: Unlimited Antlerless Deer

Statewide bag limit: 2 Antlered Deer, (Zone 3: no more than 1 Antlered Deer)

Rhode Island Hunting License

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
  • 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.
  • Deer permits are season, sex, weapon, and zone specific.
  • Non-Residents pay a $1.00 Enhanced access fee ($18.00 Gamebird Permit and $9.00 State Waterfowl Stamp)
  • Rhode Island Hunting Regulations

    Antlerless deer definition: has no antlers or antlers that are less than 3 inches.

    Hunters must wear orange - yes, archers too.

    Helpful Resources

    Official State Site: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/managementservices/licenses/hunting-licenses.php

    FAQs
    Can you hunt on Sundays in Rhode Island?

    Yes you can hunt on Sundays in RI.

    When does hunting season start in RI?

    RI's hunting season starts as early as September 11 for deer in some zones.

    Can you buy a rhode island hunting license online?

    Yes, you can buy a RI hunting license here: https://www.ri.gov/DEM/huntfish

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