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Waterfowl Seasons & Bag Limits

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Season

Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Restrictions

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days*

October 27 – 28

Same as regular season, listed below

Open to youth hunters age 12-15 accompanied by a licensed adult, 21 years of age or older and may take ducks, sea ducks and geese
Canada Goose
Early Season

September 1 – 30

15

Shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset for September season only
Canada Goose
Regular Season

November 17 – 25 and December 1 – January 20, 2019

2

Special permits are required for the South Shore Management Area and may be obtained through the online licensing system or the DFW. Field reservations are required. See Goose Hunting for more information.
Canada Goose Late Season

January 26 – February 9, 2019

5

Limited to Providence, Bristol and Kent counties and portions of Washington County as described in RIHR §9.11(B)(3)(d). A map depicting the area open to hunting is available on the Department of Environment Management’s website.
Snow Goose
(Including Blue Goose)

October 6 –
January 20, 2019

25

No possession Limit

Brant

November 22 – January 20, 2019

2

Sea Ducks1

November 22 – January 20, 2019

5

Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Scoter (only 4 of any one species per daily bag limit)
Ducks

October 12 – 15

November 21 – 25

December 1 – January 20, 2019

6

The daily bag limit shall contain no more than:

Mallard 4(2 hens)

Black Duck 2

Canvasback 2

Pintail 2

Redhead 2

Scaup 2

Wood Duck 3

Coots

Same As Ducks

15

Mergansers

Same As Ducks

5

Hooded merganser 2
Swans

No Season

Harlequin Duck

Closed

Caution: Harlequin ducks are found in sea duck hunting areas along rocky coastal shores, specifically in the vicinity of Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown and Beavertail Pt., Jamestown. The female Harlequin duck is similar in appearance to female bufflehead, goldeneye, or scoter, and can be mistaken for the latter species.