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State Operated Check Stations

The state operated check stations provide 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 Road, West Kingston, Phone: 401-789-1636

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 20 – 21, October 27 – 28 and November 3 – 4.

State Operated Check Station Operating Hours

  • Small Game Season: October 20 – 21, October 27 – 28 and November 3 – 4; open 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.
  • Muzzleloader Deer Season: All deer taken during the period November 3 – 6 must be physically checked at a state operated biological check station; open 8:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. daily; except those deer taken on Patience, Prudence and Block Islands.

NEW for 2018-19

How to Tag and Report Your Wild Turkey

DEM recently launched the new online hunting and fishing licensing system! In addition to using this new system to purchase licenses, permits and tags electronically, you will use this system to report your harvests. The following shows you how to properly tag and report your wild turkey harvest!

1. BAG IT!

Congratulations on your successful harvest!

2. TAG IT!

Your tag must be notched (day, month and hour of harvest) before moving the bird for photos or to leave the woods!

  • The notched tag and turkey must remain in your possession when removing the turkey from the field.
  • If you must leave the field prior to removing the turkey (to return gear to your vehicle or dwelling); the notched tag must be attached to and remain with the carcass.

3. REPORT IT!

Use your QR reader on your smartphone to scan your permit, or go to:

www.ri.gov/dem/huntfish

  • Measure the beard and spurs:
    • Beard less than 6” and spurs less than 0.5” = Jake
    • Beard longer than 6” and spurs longer than 0.5” = Tom
    • No beard or spurs = Hen (fall archery season only!)
  • You must report your harvest by midnight on the day of the harvest.
  • If you do not have internet or cellular data access to report your turkey harvest, you may call the Division of Fish and Wildlife at (401) 789-0281 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. M-F to report your harvest.
  • Write your harvest report confirmation number on your tag and keep the tag with your turkey until prepared for taxidermy or consumption.

Questions: Call the Division of Fish and Wildlife (401) 789-0281 or email dem.dfw@dem.ri.gov.