Small-game hunting opens next month in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management reminds all Rhode Islanders that, for safety reasons, they must wear solid, daylight fluorescent orange when in state management areas and undeveloped state parks during the shotgun deer hunting season, which opens on Saturday, Dec. 7. All hunters, including archers, are required to wear 500 square inches of solid, daylight fluorescent orange clothing during the shotgun season.

Waterfowl hunters hunting from a boat or blind, over water or field, and when done in conjunction with decoys are exempt from the orange requirements. Archers are exempt from wearing orange in areas of the state that are limited to hunting by archery-only. Throughout all shotgun deer seasons, all other users of state management areas and designated undeveloped state parks also must wear at least 500 square inches of solid, daylight fluorescent orange material. For all hunters and management area users, the orange clothing should include a hat and vest worn above the waist and visible in all directions.

The shotgun season for deer in Zone 1 runs from Saturday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 22. The shotgun season for deer in Zone 2 is from Saturday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 15. From Thursday, Dec. 26, through Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, hunters may hunt only on private lands for antlerless deer in Zones 1 and 2. The bag limit for antlerless deer is three in Zone 1, and two antlerless deer in Zone 2. Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

For more information on seasons, bag limits, zones, and regulations, visit or call 401-789-0281.

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