Rhode Island is a small state, but that doesn’t mean it’s too tiny to hunt. This eastern corridor state offers plenty of game to bag during a variety of hunting seasons, including deer and turkey. Small game seasons are also vast in this small state.
Hunting regulations, license and permit information varies, and in some cases, hunting season dates may differ based on specific state regions. For more information to ensure the best legal hunt, visit the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management website.
|Archery||(Youth-only) Sept. 9-10*
Sept. 15-Jan. 31*
|Muzzleloader||(Youth-only) Oct. 28-29
Dec. 26-Jan. 2*
|Shotgun||Dec. 2-Jan. 2*|
*Dates vary by zone and region.
|Fall Archery||Oct. 1-14|
|Spring Youth & Paraplegic Hunt||Apr. 21-22|
|Spring Season||Apr. 26-May 20|
Small Game Seasons
|Red and Gray Fox||Oct. 15-Feb. 28|
|Gray Squirrel||Oct. 21-Feb. 28|
|Cottontail Rabbit||Oct. 21-Feb. 28|
|Ruffed Grouse||Closed Season|
|Quail||Oct. 21-Feb. 28|
|Pheasant||Oct. 21-Feb. 28|
|Youth Pheasant||Oct. 14-15|
|Raccoon||Oct. 1-Feb. 28|
|Coyote||Private Land: No closed season
Public Land: Oct. 1-Feb. 28
Apr. 26-May 20
Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Rhode Island hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management website.