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Goose Hunting

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South Shore Management Area Goose Hunting Cooperative

Permits

  • Required for all goose hunters during the regular Canada goose season (November 21 – 29, December 5 – January 24, 2021).
  • Must be obtained from the online licensing system www.ri.gov/dem/huntfish or from the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Great Swamp Field Headquarters, 277 Great Neck Rd., West Kingston.
  • License document with SSMA permit certification must be carried while goose hunting at the SSMA and must be shown to any DEM Environmental Police Officer or Division of Fish and Wildlife employee upon request.

Field Reservations

  • Required for Canada goose hunting during the regular goose season (November 21 – 29, December 5 – January 24, 2021).

Additional SSMA Goose Hunting Regulations

Harvest Reporting

  • All regular season Canada goose hunters are required to report their harvest through the online licensing system. Those without internet access may submit their written log to the Division of Fish and Wildlife using the hunting activity and harvest record included with their SSMA permit. Failure to do so may result in a loss of hunting privileges for the 2021-22 season.

Prohibited

  • Littering
  • Fires
  • Destruction of fencing, equipment, farm property, or standing crops
  • Possession or use of alcoholic beverages
  • Shooting within five hundred (500) feet of an occupied building; shooting near or otherwise disturbing person working in the area
  • Urinating or defecating in pit blinds

Additional Hunting Restrictions at SSMA

Dove hunting is allowed in fields 1, 3, 5 and 6 except during the regular goose season. Doves may be taken by permitted goose hunters while goose hunting when the field reservation system is in place during the open Dove season. Possession of lead shot for taking doves while goose hunting is prohibited.

Upland game hunting is allowed only in fields 5 and 6 during the upland game season except during the regular Canada goose seasons. All upland game hunting is prohibited during regular goose season, including Youth Waterfowl Weekend.

Deer hunting during the archery season is allowed ONLY in the wooded portions of field 3, 5 and 6 throughout the archery season, including during the regular Canada goose season when the field reservation system is in place.

Deer hunting during the muzzleloader season is allowed ONLY in the wooded portions of field 5 and 6, EXCEPT during the regular Canada goose season.

Deer hunting during the shotgun season is allowed ONLY in field 6 and its wooded portions EXCEPT during the regular Canada goose season.

Turkey hunting is allowed in the wooded portions of Fields 3, 5, and 6 during the spring and fall turkey seasons.

Waterfowl hunting is allowed outside of the regular Canada goose season but within legal waterfowl seasons and without special hunting permits, reservation, or decoy restrictions, once crops are harvested. The taking of ducks during legal duck seasons is permitted while goose hunting.

Non-toxic shot is required per Federal regulation for all dove, duck (including coot and merganser), and goose hunting in Field 1 at South Shore Management Area.

Violations of any SSMA regulations, state management area regulations, and/or any state or federal hunting laws will result in loss of hunting privileges on the SSMA for a period of one year, beginning from the date of the violation.

For additional information, see the 2020-2021 RI Hunting Regulations or call the Division of Fish and Wildlife at (401) 789-0281.