Rhode Island

Hunting in Rhode Island

Although most know Rhode Island (R.I.) as the “Ocean State”, they’re soon to find out that it’s a hunting state as well. Over 7% of the state’s land allows for hunting and fishing making Rhode Island a meeting place for hunters when the season comes around.

There are over 46,000 acres of public lands set aside in R.I. for hunting season. The game available in this region is waterfowl, dove, pheasant, woodcock, gross, wild turkey, and white-tailed deer. The most popular of them all is the white tailed deer. In reports from The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and Wildlife, over 2500 deer were taken out of Rhode Island during the 2007-2008 hunting season.

Prudence and Patience Island hunters took down over 100 more deer then last year due to the need to reduce the herd. If the number of deer in an area becomes overpopulated, the risk of habitat damage is a certainty.

Hunting in Rhode Island
It has also been proven that an overpopulation of deer contributes to over 50% of all Lyme Disease problems in wooded areas. Block Island hunters reported only taking about 30 deer out of the area. In an effort to help control the risk of population, special permits were issued for the hunting of female deer, which is normally forbidden in the area.


Rhode Island tries to take all measures possible in controlling its wild life population. Most automobile accidents through the fall months are caused by deer during the mating season. In efforts to reduce incidents like that from happening, special attention must be paid to the monitoring of the local deer heard to insure that the population is controlled before all of the new deer are born in the winter months. It is a widely known fact that deer have a high reproductive system and proper control must be implemented when you are dealing with residential and woodland areas that lie so closely together.

Scituate received the honor of having the largest deer taken out of Rhode Island in 2007. The 8-point deer weighed in at over 225 pounds dressed and was taken down by a muzzle hunter in the first few days of the season. The area around Coventry was the location of the largest deer taken by shotgun. The deer had a 10-point rack and weighed in at 215 pounds. The Division of Fish and Wildlife were pleased with the results this year and feel that the quota needed for proper control was met even though they didn’t have as many hunters as they had hoped for out in the woodlands.