Small-game hunting opens next month in Rhode Island

Small-game hunting opens next month in Rhode Island


PROVIDENCE — Small-game hunting season opens next month across the state, but the dates were misprinted in the 2017-2018 Hunting and Trapping Guide available at license vendors.

To correct the error, the state Department of Environmental Management has issued the following information to correct the schedule and notes that the online guide includes correct season dates.

The season for pheasant, cottontail rabbit, gray squirrel, bobwhite quail, red and gray fox opens Oct. 21 and runs until Feb. 28.

The season for hunting raccoon runs from Oct. 1 to Feb. 28. The season for coyote on state land runs from Oct. 1 to Feb. 28 and during the spring turkey season, April 26 to May 20 provided the hunter has a valid spring turkey permit in his/her possession. There is no closed season for coyote on private land.

DEM’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is stocking the Great Swamp, Durfee Hill, and Eight Rod Farm wildlife management areas for the Youth Pheasant Hunting Weekend on Oct. 14-15. The hunt is open to youths aged 12 to 15 that have completed a hunter education class; hunters under age 15 must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter aged 21 or older.

A hunting license and pheasant tags are required for all youth pheasant hunters. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by Oct. 6. To register, please complete the registration form and send it to Jessica Pena at the DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife at Please see the registration form for more information.

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, hunting contributes more than $18 million annually to Rhode Island’s economy. There are approximately 17,000 licensed hunters in the state. Hunter education is offered as part of DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter Education Program. Safety training is required by law for beginning hunters. To date, more than 40,000 people have completed a hunter safety course, helping to dramatically reduce related accidents in the state and elsewhere. A complete schedule of hunter educational offerings is available at

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