Rhode Island Hunting
South Shore Management Area Goose Hunting Cooperative
- Required for all goose hunters during the regular Canada Goose season (November 23 – December 1, December 7 – January 26, 2020).
- 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.
- Required for Canada goose hunting during the regular goose season (November 23 – December 1, December 7 – January 26, 2020).
Additional SSMA Goose Hunting Regulations
- See information packet provided with the goose hunting permit for additional rules and regulations for goose hunting in the SSMA.
- SSMA is CLOSED during the late goose season: February 1 – 15, 2020.
- 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 2020-21 season.
- 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 during early dove 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.
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 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 2019-2020 RI Hunting Regulations or call the Division of Fish and Wildlife at (401) 789-0281.