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Rhode Island


Youth & Disabled Hunting Opportunities

Youth Hunting Opportunities




Youth Deer Archery

Zone 1

September 11 - 12

Zone 2

September 25 - 26

Zone 3

October 30 - 31

Youth Deer Muzzleloader

Zones 1 & 2

October 30 - 31

Youth Waterfowl


October 30 - 31

Youth Pheasant

Great Swamp WMA, South Kingstown

Durfee Hill WMA, Glocester

Eight Rod Farm WMA, Tiverton

October 9 - 10

Youth Turkey


April 18 - 24, 2022

  • All youth hunters ages 12 to 14 must be in possession of a resident or non-resident junior hunting license in order to hunt in RI. Youth hunters age 15 must possess a resident or non-resident hunting license. Licenses can be purchased after the completion of a Hunter Safety course.
  • Youth hunters age 12 - 14 must hunt in the immediate company of an adult, 21 years of age or older, holding a valid RI hunting license. Hunters age 15 do not have to hunt in the immediate company of a licensed adult EXCEPT when waterfowl hunting during the youth waterfowl hunt when all youth hunters ages 12 - 15 must hunt in the immediate company of a licensed adult.
  • An adult may accompany no more than two youth hunters at any one time. Adults are prohibited from hunting or carrying archery equipment/firearms during the youth-only hunting days.
  • All other hunting permit requirements and hunting regulations per season remain.
  • For more information on hunting, contact the Division of Fish & Wildlife at 401-789-0281 or by emailing
  • For more information about youth hunting opportunities or our Hunter Education program, call 401-539-0019 or email

Youth Deer Hunting: Dates vary depending on Season and Zone. All other regulations and permit requirements apply. Please see Deer Hunting for more deer hunting information.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting: Youth hunters may take ducks, sea ducks and geese following daily bag and possession limits for the regular seasons. All youth hunters (12 - 15), and those adults accompanying youth hunters, must have a current HIP Permit and RI hunting license. The accompanying adult must also possess a current RI State Waterfowl Stamp and Federal Duck Stamp.

Youth Waterfowl Training and Mentored Hunt: For the 7th consecutive year, the Division of Fish and Wildlife is partnering with Ducks Unlimited to offer a youth waterfowl training day (September date TBA) and mentored hunt opportunity on youth waterfowl weekend for those youths that attend the training. Space is limited for the training and mentored hunt.

Youth Pheasant Hunting: Youth Pheasant Hunt to be held on October 9 - 10 at Great Swamp, Durfee Hill, and Eight Rod Farm Wildlife Management Areas.

Youth Turkey Hunting: Youth hunters may take up to two (2) bearded turkeys during the spring season, provided they purchase a spring turkey permit for each bird. No more than one (1) bearded turkey may be taken on state lands during the spring season. All stipulations, permit requirements, and pertinent regulations apply. Accompanying adult may assist the youth hunter in calling the bird. No preregistration is required.

Youth Turkey Training and Mentored Hunt: For the 2nd consecutive year, the Division of Fish and Wildlife is partnering with the Light Foundation to offer the youth turkey training and hunt (April Date TBD). It is open to minors 12 to 15 years of age. The goal is to create the next generation of conservation leaders by providing youth with an enjoyable and memorable outdoor experience that introduces them to safe and responsible hunting and teaches them fundamental leadership & life skills. Space is limited. For more information or to apply, visit!”

For more information about youth and/or disabled hunting opportunities, please contact our hunter education office by emailing or by calling 401-539-0019.

Disabled Hunting Opportunities




Special Deer Season for Disabled Hunters

Zone 3

October 26 - 29

Paraplegic Hunter Turkey Season


April 23 - 24, 2022

Patience and Prudence Islands (Zone 3) Special Deer Season for Disabled Hunters: The taking of deer will be limited to paraplegic and double amputee hunters only.

  • A special hunting permit must be obtained through the RI DEM Office of Boat Registration and Licensing Division, 235 Promenade St. Providence, RI 02908 (401) 222-3576 by each applicant prior to the hunt. None will be issued on the island. An application signed by a physician for a first-time hunter, or a photocopy of a previous paraplegic/double amputee hunting license, is required.
  • None of the hunter’s assistants will be allowed to hunt or carry loaded firearms at any time. No license is required of the assistants.
  • All deer taken must be checked using the online harvest reporting system
  • Disabled hunters may use shotgun or muzzleloader with ammunition and caliber restrictions consistent with regular deer season (see Deer Hunting).
  • Hunters may use muzzleloading firearms on Prudence Island.

Paraplegic Hunter Turkey Season: Spring turkey permit required. Hunting in this season is limited to paraplegic hunters only as evidenced by possession of a permanent disability hunting license. Bag limit is two (2) provided no more than one (1) is taken on state land.