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Hunting Season Summary

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For further information regarding specific bag, possession, and season limits please visit the pages noted in the table below.

Deer Hunting (see Deer Hunting for bag/season limit information)

Season

Dates

Archery (includes Crossbow)

September 12 – 13 (Youth only, Zone 1)

September 26 – 27 (Youth only, Zone 2)

September 15 – January 31, 2021 (Zone 1)

October 1 – January 31, 2021 (Zone 2)

Archery: Patience and Prudence Islands (Zone 3)

October 24 – 25 (Youth only)

November 1 – January 31, 2021

Archery: Block Island (Zone 4)

October 13-16, 19-23, 26-30

Muzzleloader

October 24 – 25 (Youth only Zones 1, 2)

November 7 – 29 (Zones 1, 2)

December 26 – January 2, 2021 (Zones 1, 2 Private land only, antlerless deer only)

Shotgun

December 5 – 20 (Zone 1)

December 5 – 13 (Zone 2)
December 26 – January 2, 2021 (Zones 1, 2 – Private land only, antlerless deer only)

Archery, Muzzleloader & Shotgun:
Block Island (Zone 4)

November 2, 4-6, 9-13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 30 December 1, 3, 4, 7-11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21-24
January 4, 5, 7, 8, 11-15, 19-22, 25-29, 2021

February 1-5, 8-12, 16-19, 22-26, 2021

Special Season for Disabled Hunters: Patience and Prudence Islands (Zone 3)

October 27 – 30

Migratory Gamebird Hunting* (Migratory Bird Hunting for bag/possession limit information)

Season

Dates

Crow

August 14 – October 4 (Fri, Sat, Sun Only), October 17 – December 7,
December 18 – April 3, 2021 (Fri, Sat, Sun Only)

King/Clapper Rail and Sora/Virginia Rail

September 1 – November 9

Snipe

September 1 – November 9

Mourning Dove

September 12 – October 11, October 17 – November 29, December 12 – 27

Woodcock

October 17 – November 30

Canada Goose (Early Season)

September 1 – 30

Canada Goose (Regular Season)

November 21 – 29, December 5 – January 24, 2021

Canada Goose (Late Season)

January 30 – February 13, 2021

Snow Goose (including blue goose)

October 10 – January 24, 2021

Ducks, Mergansers and Coots**

October 9 – 12, November 25 – 29, December 5 – January 24, 2021

Sea Ducks

November 26 – January 24, 2021

Brant

December 6 – January 24, 2021

Youth Waterfowl

October 24 – 25

Wild Turkey Hunting (see Turkey Hunting for bag/season limit information)

Season

Dates

Fall Archery

October 1 – 31

Youth & Paraplegic

April 24 – 25, 2021

Spring

April 29 – May 23, 2021

Small Game Hunting (see Small Game Hunting for bag/season limit information)

Season

Dates

Coyote – State Land

September 15 – February 28, 2021

April 29 – May 23, 2021

Coyote – Private Land

No Closed Season

Raccoon

October 1 – February 28, 2021

Youth Pheasant

October 10 – 11

Pheasant

October 17 – February 28, 2021

Cottontail Rabbit

October 17 – February 28, 2021

Gray and Red Squirrel

October 17 – February 28, 2021

Bobwhite Quail

October 17 – February 28, 2021

Red, Gray Fox

October 17 – February 28, 2021

Ruffed Grouse

CLOSED

*Season dates are subject to regulatory changes occurring at the time of printing. Please refer to the complete Hunting and Trapping Regulations for the 2020-2021 season.

**See new scaup regulations on page 18.