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Hunting Seasons Summary

Hunting Regulations Icon Rhode Island Hunting

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

Deer Hunting

Season

Dates

Archery (includes Crossbow)

September 9 – 10 (Youth only, Zone 1)

September 23 – 24 (Youth only, Zone 2)

September 15 – January 31, 2018 (Zone 1)

October 1 – January 31, 2018 (Zone 2)

Archery: Prudence-Patience Islands (Zone 3)

October 28 – 29 (Youth only)*

November 1 – January 31, 2018

Archery: Block Island (Zone 4)

October 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31

Muzzleloader

October 28 – 29 (Youth only Zones 1, 2)*

November 4 – 26 (Zones 1, 2)

December 26 – January 2, 2018 (Zones 1, 2 Antlerless deer on private land only)

Shotgun

December 2 – 17 (Zone 1)

December 2 – 10 (Zone 2)
December 26 – January 2, 2018 (Zones 1, 2 – Antlerless deer on private land only)

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

November 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28

December 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22

January 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31

February 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

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

October 24 – 27

Migratory Gamebird Hunting

Season

Dates

Crow

August 11 – October 1 (Fri, Sat, Sun Only), October 21 – December 11,
December 15 – March 31, 2018 (Fri, Sat, Sun Only)

King/Clapper Rail

Sora/Virginia Rail

September 1 – November 9

Snipe

September 1 – November 9

Mourning Dove

September 9 – October 8, October 21 – December 3, December 9 – 24

Woodcock

October 21 – December 4

Canada Goose (Early Season)

September 1 – 30

Canada Goose (Regular Season)

November 18 – November 26, December 2 – January 29, 2018

Canada Goose (Late Season)

February 3 – 9, 2018

Snow Goose (including blue goose)

October 15 – January 29, 2018

Ducks, Mergansers and Coots

October 13 – 16, November 22 – 26, December 2 – January 21, 2018

Sea Ducks

November 23 – January 21, 2018

Brant

November 23 – January 21, 2018

Wild Turkey Hunting

Season

Dates

Fall Archery

October 1 – 14

Youth & Paraplegic *

April 21 – 22, 2018

Spring Gobbler

April 26, 2018 – May 20, 2018

Small Game Hunting

Season

Dates

Coyote – State Land

October 1 – February 28, 2018

April 26, 2018 – May 20, 2018

Coyote – Private Land

No Closed Season

Raccoon

October 1 – February 28, 2018

Youth Pheasant*

October 14 – 15

Pheasant

October 21 – February 28, 2018

Cottontail Rabbit

October 21 – February 28, 2018

Gray Squirrel

October 21 – February 28, 2018

Bobwhite Quail

October 21 – February 28, 2018

Red, Gray Fox

October 21 – February 28, 2018

Ruffed Grouse

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