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Daily Bag Limit

Red, Gray Fox

10/17/15 – last day of February


Gray Squirrel

10/17/15 – last day of February


Cottontail Rabbit

10/17/15 – last day of February



10/17/15 – last day of February


Ruffed Grouse



10/17/15 – 11/22/15



10/17/15 – last day of February


Youth Pheasant

10/3/15 – 10/4/15



10/1/15 – last day of February


Coyote* – Private Land

No closed season


Coyote* – State Land

9/12/15 – last day of February
4/28/16 – 5/23/16


* See page 28 for additional details.

Management Areas

Small game hunters are required to check in and out of the state operated check stations at Great Swamp, Arcadia, Durfee Hill, and Carolina management areas on the following dates: Oct. 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 and Nov. 1 and Nov. 7 & 8. Check station hours are ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.

Pheasant hunting

Gamebird Permit is Required. Pheasants are stocked prior to opening day, then weekly through the end of December. Pheasant stocking does not occur in January and February. Stocked management areas are: Arcadia, Black Hut, Big River, Buck Hill, Carolina, Durfee Hill, Great Swamp, Nicholas Farm, Sapowet, Simmons Mill Pond and 8 Rod Farm.

The daily limit for pheasant is 2 either sex birds. Each pheasant must be tagged immediately upon taking. Each gamebird permit allows the taking of 6 pheasants; hunters may purchase multiple permits.

Youth Pheasant Hunting Weekend

Dates: Oct. 3 & 4. Open only at Great Swamp, Durfee Hill, and Eight Rod WMA. Registration is required.

Call 401-789-0281 for information.

Small Game Hunting during the Deer Season:

The small game hunting season will remain OPEN during the December shotgun deer season. This allows small game hunting on state management areas during the shotgun deer season.

Muzzle-loading rifles, no greater than .40 caliber with round ball and patch, may be used for hunting small mammals during established seasons.

Night hunting of raccoons with shot larger than No. 4 or rifles larger than .22 cal. rimfire long-rifle is prohibited.

Bow hunters with a valid deer archery hunting permit may take raccoon during legal deer hunting hours beginning on the first day of October and ending on the last day of January.

Block Island Pheasant Hunting

Pheasant hunting is open on Block Island, with written permission, on Nov. 25 and Dec. 16 & 23. Only male pheasants (rooster) may be taken from Block Island, bag limit 2 per day.

Air Gun Rifles

Air gun rifles are permitted to hunt the following small mammals: squirrels, woodchucks, cottontail rabbits, and snowshoe hare, provided that the air guns are a minimum of .177 caliber and not larger than .22; a minimum of 750 fps velocity with pellets 7.5 grains or larger.