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2014-2015 Hunting Opportunities

Hunter Education

Rhode Island law states that no license to hunt shall be issued to any person unless that person has held a Rhode Island license in a prior year or unless that person presents a hunter education card issued by Rhode Island or under an equivalent hunter safety program adopted by any other state.  In partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex offers Hunter Education Courses throughout the year.
Please click the following link for a complete list of courses offered by the Rhode Island Hunter Education Program across the state.


  • Youth Firearms Season** (12-17 years old) December 6-21, 2014. Archery Season – December 28, 2014 – January 31, 2015.
  • Application period for Ninigret NWR Youth Firearms Hunt is Saturday August 18 - Friday November 8 at 11:49 AM EST
  • Application Period for Ninigret NWR Archery Hunt is Friday September 8 – Friday December 6 at 11:49 AM EST


Hunters will be able to apply for the lottery on-line (7 days a week, 24 hours a day) at: Hunters also have the option of filling out a paper copy of the application and mailing it to: Kinsail Corporation, P.O. Box 7087, Arlington, VA 22207. (703) 994-4194.

**All youth hunters (12-17 yrs old) are exempt from all fees. All youth hunters (12-17 yrs old) selected are required to attend a full day hunt orientation Saturday November 30, prior to participating in the refuge hunt. Additionally, all youth hunters (12-17 years old) must have an adult mentor, 21 years of age or older, which must accompany them at the orientation and during the Youth Deer hunt. This adult mentor must have completed a Hunter Education Course and have a valid 2014 RI Hunting License. Please call refuge office for questions at 401-364-9124.


To register for hunting permits CLICK HERE.


Refuge closed to public use during Youth Deer Management Hunt.

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014
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