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Small Game Hunting

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Small Game Hunting

Species

Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Coyote – State Land

September 15 – February 28, 2019
April 25 – May 19, 2019

unlimited

Coyote – Private Land

No closed season

unlimited

Raccoon

October 1 – February 28, 2019

unlimited

Youth Pheasant*

October 13 – 14

2

Pheasant

October 20 – February 28, 2019

2

Cottontail Rabbit

October 20 – February 28, 2019

3

Gray Squirrel

October 20 – February 28, 2019

5

Bobwhite Quail

October 20 – February 28, 2019

3

Red, Gray Fox

October 20 – February 28, 2019

unlimited

Ruffed Grouse

CLOSED

Management Area Check Stations

Small game hunters are required to check in and out of the state operated check stations at Great Swamp, Arcadia, Durfee Hill, and Carolina Management Areas on the following dates: October 20 – 21, October 27 – 28 and November 3 – 4. Check station hours are ½ hour before sunrise to sunset, except during the first four days of deer muzzleloader season (Nov 3-6) when check stations will be open until 6:00PM. Hunters may be asked to produce harvested game for inspection.

Pheasant and Quail Hunting

A Gamebird Permit is Required to hunt ring-neck pheasant and bobwhite quail. The daily limit for pheasant is two (2) either sex birds and the daily bag limit for quail is three (3). Pheasants are stocked prior to opening day, then weekly through the end of December. Pheasant stocking does not occur in January and February. Stocked management areas are: Arcadia, Black Hut, Big River, Buck Hill, Carolina, Durfee Hill, Great Swamp, Nicholas Farm, Sapowet Marsh, Simmons Mill Pond and Eight Rod Farm.

Block Island Pheasant Hunting

Pheasant hunting is open on Block Island, with written landownerpermission, on November 21st and 28th, December 12th and 19th and January 2nd, 2019. Only male pheasants (roosters) may be taken from Block Island, daily bag limit 2 per day.

Additional Regulations

The small game hunting season will remain OPEN during the December shotgun deer season. This allows small game hunting on state management areas during the shotgun deer season.

Muzzle-loading rifles, no greater than .40 caliber with round ball and patch, may be used for hunting small game mammals during established seasons.

Night hunting of raccoons with shot larger than No. 4 or rifles larger than .22 cal. rimfire long-rifle is prohibited.

Archery hunters with a valid deer archery hunting permit may take raccoon during legal deer hunting hours beginning on the first day of October and ending on the last day of January.

Air Rifles

Air rifles are permitted to hunt the following small mammals: squirrels, woodchucks, and cottontail rabbits, provided that the air guns are a minimum of .177 caliber and not larger than .22; a minimum of 750 fps velocity with pellets 7.5 grains or larger.