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Welcome to 2022-23 Rhode Island Hunting
Significant Regulation Changes & Highlights 2022-2023
- DEM has launched a new website, rio.ri.gov, that’s a single, unified licensing and permitting hub for Rhode Island anglers, hunters, and boaters.
- The North West Cooperative in Glocester is no longer open to hunting.
- Sea Duck changes
- There is no longer a special sea duck season. The sea duck season is now the same as the duck season. See Migratory Bird Hunting.
- Sea duck daily bag limit is now 4. Species restrictions include no more than 3 scoters, 3 eider (1 hen), and 3 long-tailed ducks.
- Sea ducks are now part of the daily duck bag of 6.
- There is no longer a special hooded merganser restriction on the merganser bag limit.
- New turkey hunting regulations allow for shotguns smaller than 20 gauges (i.e., .410 and 28 gauge) to be used. In addition, shot sizes smaller than number 7 (i.e., shot #8 and #9) may be used.
- Youth spring turkey season runs 7 days long, still prior to the regular spring turkey opener.
- Deer check station dates are the first two days of muzzleloader and the first two days of shotgun. Please see details in How to Tag & Report Your Deer.
- Harvesting legal frog and turtle species can be done with a hunting, fishing, or trapping license. All other limits and restrictions still apply.
- All small game check stations are closed for the 2022-2023 season.
- There are no limits on the number of blunt, judo or field-point tipped arrows that can be carried by archery hunters.
- Hunters on Patience Island should be aware of a positive tularemia case and should take precaution when afield to avoid insect bites, and when field dressing game.
- Applications for Block Island lottery and required USFWS properties must be post marked by September 15th, 2022.
- Goose and other waterfowl harvest reporting is no longer required for South Shore Management Area.