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Director’s Message

Hunting Regulations Icon Rhode Island Hunting

Welcome Letter

On behalf of Governor Gina Raimondo, I am excited to introduce the second annual Rhode Island Hunting and Trapping Regulation Guide.

This guide is for newcomers as well as seasoned hunters. It provides current regulations related to the harvest of game animals and highlights the work, initiatives and research conducted by the Division of Fish & Wildlife to effectively manage species and provide excellent hunting opportunities for its constituents.

Rhode Island’s outstanding natural areas – its fields, forests, rivers and coastal areas – offer tremendous opportunities for hunting and trapping. DEM is committed to engaging the public in shooting and trapping sports and providing for the conservation of wildlife species through land acquisition and protection. Since 2010 the Division of Fish and Wildlife has acquired 1,620 acres of land available for hunting, of which 1,372 was purchased with funding provided primarily by sportsmen through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program. Among the new public lands open to hunting are the 120-acre former Tiverton Rod & Gun Club property and the 189-acre former Boy Scouts property in Burrillville that abuts the state’s Buck Hill, George Washington, and Durfee Hill Management Areas. Stewardship of our conservation lands supports multiple public benefits, with a focus on species sustainability, public access and harvest opportunity.

In addition to providing a way for residents and visitors to engage in outdoor recreation, hunting contributes to the economic health of the state. According to the most recent statistics from the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (2011), residents and tourists spend over $18 million annually in Rhode Island on hunting-related expenditures including food, lodging, transportation, and equipment. In addition, the survey notes that a combined total of $200 million is spent annually in Rhode Island on trip and equipment-related expenditures for wildlife-watching activities.

This publication would not have been possible without the support of Rhode Island’s hunting community. In fact, this is your publication, funded via your contributions to the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson Act) through the sale of licenses and purchase of hunting equipment. Hunter contributions to conservation have been unparalleled and will support lasting benefits for generations. As Director, I extend a sincere thank you to all the sportsmen and sportswomen who have contributed to this valuable conservation program.

We hope this guide enhances your hunting experiences, while encouraging you to be respectful of the environment and fellow hunters. Enjoy the excitement of the outdoors in beautiful Rhode Island, and the tranquility and connection to nature that the experience of hunting provides.

Janet Coit

Director

Report Game Violations

RIDEM Environmental Police Officers enforce all of the hunting, game and fish regulations statewide and are always present and on guard to protect these valuable natural resources for all of our citizens. These officers have broad responsibilities for enforcement of Game Laws and Regulations for freshwater fishing, hunting, as well as recreational and commercial Marine resources and many other state Laws and Regulations.

You can assist them by reporting wildlife violations by calling them in to the 24 hour hotline at DEM.

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