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Checking & Tagging

Hunting Regulations Icon Rhode Island Hunting

State Operated Check Stations

The state operated check stations provide the biologists with information on hunter success and gives them a chance to inspect and sample harvested game.

  • Arcadia Management Area: Rt.  165, Ten Rod Road, at Wood River, Exeter, Phone: 401-539-7117.
  • Carolina Management Area: Pine Hill Road, Richmond, Phone: 401-364-3483.
  • Durfee Hill Management Area: Reynolds Road (Rte 94), Glocester, Phone: 401-568-6753
  • Great Swamp Management Area: 277 Great Neck Rd. West Kingston, Phone: 401-789-1636
  • Tiverton Rod and Gun Club (Deer checking only): 1000 Fish Road, Tiverton, Phone: 401-624-3959

Operating Hours:

Small Game Season: October 21 – 22, October 28 – 29 and November 4 – 5; open 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.

Muzzleloader Deer Season: All deer taken during the period November 4 – 7 must be physically checked at a state operated biological check station; open 8:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. daily.

Checking Procedures for Deer Hunters

Deer hunters are required to report their harvested animals within 24 hours of the kill, by using a simple pre-paid postage Kill Report Card supplied by RIDEM. This includes all deer harvested on Block Island, Prudence Island and Patience Island. The harvest/ kill report cards replace the need for hunters to check deer at vendor check stations during most of the deer hunting seasons.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife still requires a portion of our harvested deer to be inspected and measured by State biologists and therefore, all hunters are required during the first four days of the muzzleloader deer season to check, weigh and measure their deer at an Official State Deer Checking Station. The information collected is vital to the RI deer management program as well as monitoring herd health and disease (CWD) surveillance. Every hunter is a vital and important contributor to deer management in Rhode Island. Please report your harvested deer and encourage fellow hunters to do the same.
Biologists rely on the deer harvest data provided by hunters to set season lengths and bag limits each year. Without reliable, accurate data, biologists cannot correctly determine many factors related to the health of our deer. This directly affects the sportsmen in how many days you can hunt, how many deer you can take and the quality of the deer that you harvest during your hunting season.
We appreciate your efforts in helping us to maintain a quality deer hunting season for Rhode Island.

Checking Procedures for Turkey Hunters

Turkey hunters are required to report their harvested animals within 24 hours of the kill by using a pre-paid postage Kill Report Card supplied by RIDEM. The kill report card is supplied with the turkey tag and may also be obtained anywhere hunting licenses are sold, or by emailing

Check-In for Small Game Hunters

Small game hunters are required to check in and out of state operated

check stations and present harvest for inspection if hunting at Great Swamp, Arcadia, Durfee Hill and Carolina Management Areas on the following dates: October 21 – 22, October 28 – 29 and November 4 – 5.


Tagging Requirements

Checking Requirements



All deer must be tagged in the field with a valid deer permit (tag) for the appropriate season, immediately upon harvest

Fill out and send in prepaid post card within 24 hours of harvest

Throughout all seasons except first four days of muzzleloader when physical checking is required

Deer – First Four Days of Muzzleloader

Must present all deer to one of the check stations for physical inspection. Harvest report cards are not a valid method of checking during this period (except Block Island)

November 4 – 7

Migratory Bird – Only South Shore Management Area (SSMA) Regular Goose Season

Only required when leaving birds in the custody of another individual.

Return SSMA permit hunting log to the Division of Fish and Wildlife no later than March 1st, 2018

Regular Canada Goose Season for SSMA hunting only

Nov 18-26 and Dec 2-Jan 29, 2018


All turkeys must be tagged in the field with a valid turkey permit (tag) for the appropriate season, immediately upon harvest

Fill out and send in prepaid post card within 24 hours of harvest.

Complete turkey hunting survey and return to the Division of Fish and Wildlife by the end of season

Fall archery: October 1 – 14

Youth & Paraplegic:
April 21 – 22, 2018

Spring gobbler:
April 26 – May 20, 2018

Small Game

Not required

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:

October 21–22, October 28-29 and November 4-5


All pheasants harvested must be tagged with a valid pheasant permit immediately upon harvest


Pelt tagging and special permit required.

Fill out and send in permit harvest survey by March 31st

Private land: Nov. 1 – Mar. 14, 2018

State Land: Dec. 1 – Feb. 28, 2018


December 1 – 24