Rhode Island Hunting Seasons, 2016-2017


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.

Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 10-11
Sept. 15-Jan. 31
Muzzleloader Oct. 1-Oct. 4
Oct. 29-30
Nov. 5-Nov. 27
Dec. 26-Jan. 2
Shotgun Dec. 3-18
Dec. 26-Jan. 2

Dates vary by zone.


Turkey Seasons

Fall Archery Oct. 1-14
Spring Youth & Paraplegic Hunt Apr. 22-23
Spring Season Apr. 27-May 21

Small Game Seasons

Red and Gray Fox Oct. 15-Feb. 28
Gray Squirrel Sep. 15-Mar. 31
Cottontail Rabbit Oct. 15-Feb. 28
Ruffed Grouse Closed Season
Quail Oct. 15-Feb. 28
Pheasant Oct. 15-Feb. 28
Youth Pheasant Oct. 8-9
Raccoon Oct. 15-Feb. 28
Coyote Private Land: No closed season
Public Land: Sept. 10-Feb. 28 and Apr. 27-May 21

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.