Message From the Director

Hunting Regulations Icon Rhode Island Hunting

On behalf of Governor Gina Raimondo, I am excited to present the fifth annual Rhode Island Hunting and Trapping Regulation Guide for Rhode Islanders and out-of-staters who enjoy the great outdoors. We hope its information about the ins and outs of harvesting game animals will help novice and seasoned hunters alike.

Rhode Island’s diverse natural habitats – from coastal shrublands to forestland to grasslands that sway in the breeze – abound in hunting and trapping opportunities. Investing in land and wildlife conservation remains an important focus of the Department of Environmental Management (DEM).

Through contributions from Rhode Island hunters, we’ve protected more than 500 acres in the last six years to enhance opportunities for hunting and trapping – bringing the total purchased to date with your support to more than 16,000 acres. This adds significantly to the 55,000 acres managed by our Division of Fish and Wildlife. Among the new public lands open to hunting are the 20-acre Perry property in Burrillville that has been incorporated into the state’s Buck Hill Management Area.

Although we’re known as the Ocean State, hunting and trapping are treasured traditions for many Rhode Island families and visitors. And as part of a broader network of recreational opportunities in Rhode Island, they strengthen our economy. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, consumer spending on hunting expands the state economy by $18 million annually. Spending on wildlife watching contributes another $200 million.

I hope this guide, funded through your contributions to the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson Act), enhances your hunting experiences, while encouraging you to be respectful of the environment and fellow hunters. Enjoy the excitement of the outdoors in beautiful Rhode Island and the tranquility and connection to nature that hunting brings. And thank you for being part of conservation efforts that will provide benefits for generations to come!

Janet Coit