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Welcome to 2022-23 Rhode Island Hunting

2022-2023 Rhode Island Hunting & Trapping Regulation Guide

Significant Regulation Changes & Highlights 2022-2023

  1. DEM has launched a new website,, that’s a single, unified licensing and permitting hub for Rhode Island anglers, hunters, and boaters.
  2. The North West Cooperative in Glocester is no longer open to hunting.
  3. Sea Duck changes
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Sea ducks are now part of the daily duck bag of 6.
  4. There is no longer a special hooded merganser restriction on the merganser bag limit.
  5. 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.
  6. Youth spring turkey season runs 7 days long, still prior to the regular spring turkey opener.
  7. 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.
  8. Harvesting legal frog and turtle species can be done with a hunting, fishing, or trapping license. All other limits and restrictions still apply.
  9. All small game check stations are closed for the 2022-2023 season.
  10. There are no limits on the number of blunt, judo or field-point tipped arrows that can be carried by archery hunters.
  11. 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.
  12. Applications for Block Island lottery and required USFWS properties must be post marked by September 15th, 2022.
  13. Goose and other waterfowl harvest reporting is no longer required for South Shore Management Area.