Licenses & Permits

Hunting Regulations Icon Rhode Island Hunting

Licenses & Permits

No person shall hunt, pursue, take or kill any wild bird or animal in the state without first having obtained a Rhode Island hunting license (RIGL 20-13-1). Hunters must have a license in possession, on their person, at all times and shall present it for inspection on demand by any authorized person. Failure to present a license shall make a person liable to the same penalties as if he or she was hunting without a license (RIGL 20-2-9). Licensed hunters and trappers are subject to inspection of any boat, vehicle, game bag, blind, stand, or other paraphernalia used in conjunction with licensed activity (RIGL 20-2-32). Licenses may be suspended or revoked because of violations of hunting rules and regulations (RIGL 20-2-13).

The possession of a valid Rhode Island hunting, or combination hunting and fishing license, shall serve as a permit to hunt State Management Areas (RIGL 20-18-2 and 20-18-3), except when check stations are in operation or when special permits are required for deer, waterfowl, or turkey hunting on state lands.
This permit shall be valid only from the first day of season to the last day in February. The carrying of firearms on state management areas at any other time is prohibited.
Hunting Licenses are available from DEM Office of Boating Registration and Licenses at 235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908 (401) 222-3576; most city and town clerks (licenses only); most sporting goods stores; and http://www.dem.ri.gov/. To replace a lost or stolen license or permit, contact DEM Office of Boating Registration and Licenses.

License Type


Resident Hunting License (must be 15 years old)1


Resident Combination License (Hunting & Fishing)


Resident Junior Hunting License (12-14 years old)1


Permanent Resident Combination License
(over 65 or disabled)

No fee3

Resident Trapping License


Resident Fur Buyer License


Non-Resident Hunting License (must be 15 years old)1


Non-Resident Tourist Hunting License (3-day)


Non-Resident Junior Hunting License (12 -14 years old)1


Non-Resident Trapping License
(if reciprocal privileges allowed)


Non-Resident Fur Buyer License


Active Military Personnel Hunting License


Resident All Outdoors Package Permit


Resident Deer Permit2


Non-Resident Deer Permit 2


Resident Turkey Permit


Non-Resident Turkey Permit


RI Gamebird Permit


State Waterfowl Stamp


HIP Permit

No fee

Shooting Preserve Hunting License


Shooting Preserve License


Special Permits

Special Permits are available at no extra fee by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to: DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife, Great Swamp Field Headquarters, 277 Great Neck Rd, W. Kingston, RI 02892 (401) 789-0281.

  • Beaver trapping permit
  • Burlingame North Camp hunting permit
  • Fisher trapping permit
  • Northwest Cooperative Hunting Area deer permit
  • South Shore Management Area permit (goose hunting)
  • State lands trapping permit

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP)

All migratory bird hunters are required to obtain a permit and answer a short survey. HIP permits are available free of charge at all license vendors, DEM Providence headquarters and the DEM Great Swamp Field Office. The HIP program provides state agencies and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agencies with better data that improves their ability to manage our nation’s migratory bird resources.

Hunter Safety Course Requirements & Licensing

Persons applying for a hunting license or archery permit for the first time or not having been a member of the armed forces must complete a course in safe hunting or archery practices and have been issued a Hunter Education Certificate to obtain a license. Applicants must present a valid hunter safety certificate from Rhode Island or other state, or possess a previous hunting license from RI or other state. A list of hunter safety classes, dates, and locations is available from the Hunter Safety Office: (401) 539-0019 or on the web: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/fish-wildlife/wildlifehuntered/education/course-schedule.php