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Rhode Island


Welcome Letter

On behalf of Governor Gina Raimondo, I am excited to release the seventh annual Rhode Island Hunting and Trapping Regulation Guide for Rhode Islanders and visitors who enjoy wildlife and 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 is home to a myriad of natural habitats. From coastal shrublands to forestland to grasslands that sway in the breeze, opportunities for hunting and trapping abound. 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 nearly 600 acres in the last seven 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 already managed by our Division of Fish and Wildlife. Among the new public lands open to hunting is the 43-acre Warren property that has been incorporated into the state’s Burlingame Management Area.

Hunting has a long tradition in Rhode Island, supporting family customs, connecting people with nature, and attracting tourism to the state. 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. With our new electronic registration system, residents and non-resident customers are now able to purchase hunting licenses, permits, and tags and report their harvests online. Visit to learn more!

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


Chief’s Message:

Welcome to the hunting and fishing abstract for the State of Rhode Island. You will find all the necessary information within this and a list of resources, locations and programs that are offered. Rhode Island, while small, has a great deal to offer for outdoor enthusiasts. Whitetail deer, waterfowl, small game and upland game hunting, along with a tremendous trout stocking program for our freshwater bodies of water. Saltwater anglers can fish the many miles of shoreline, take a charter boat or use recreational boating to access some of the best fishing on the east coast.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife offer hunter education courses, operate a state-of-the-art shooting range at the Great Swamp and provide many other programs for you to learn from and explore. All of the programming is provided to ensure that those hunting and fishing in our state, do so in an ethical manner with the greatest regard for the outdoor environment and the wildlife inhabitants. Fish and Wildlife have a highly educated and dedicated staff that work to provide wildlife habitat, game management and trout and salmon stocking programs to benefit the outdoorsmen.

The Environmental Police work together with all divisions of the department, to provide resource protection through conservation law enforcement. Our officers are highly educated and trained to provide a diverse and thorough background in natural resources. Officers are responsible for all state lands, private lands for hunting and fishing oversight, as well as the marine environment. Hunting, fishing and boating safety and enforcement are the primary functions of the division. Officers are provided with a tremendous assortment of tools to insure the protection of our natural resources for future generations.

In these unprecedented times, the outdoors provides a much-needed relief for all. Protecting the beauty of Rhode Island is the responsibility of all that endeavor outside, explore the woods and waters of our state and enjoy the assortment of wildlife that we offer. As Chief, I welcome you to Rhode Island and ask that everyone do their part to protect the natural resources of this small but incredibly diverse state. Go out and explore, enjoy and take in all that Rhode Island has to offer.


Dean Hoxsie, Chief

RI Environmental Police


Hunting Abstract

This hunting abstract is a summary of the rules, regulations, seasons and bag limits for the 2020-2021 Rhode Island hunting and trapping seasons. For more detailed information, see the General Laws of Rhode Island, obtainable at most public libraries. A complete copy of the Hunting and Trapping Regulations for the 2020-2021 Season can be viewed online at:

Copies are also available by contacting the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Report Game Violations

RIDEM Environmental Police Officers have broad responsibilities associated with the statewide enforcement of various state environmental laws and regulations, including those associated with hunting, freshwater fishing, and marine fisheries. Officers are always present and on guard to protect these valuable natural resources for all of our citizens.

You can assist them by reporting wildlife violations to the 24 hour hotline at DEM.

Turn In Poachers! – 401-222-3070

24 Hours/7 days week