Hunting at Ninigret NWR

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The refuge offers archery, muzzleloader, and shotgun hunting opportunities at designated hunting units, with some season and weapon restrictions for white-tailed deer and wild turkey.

Spring wild turkey hunting opportunities are available at the Lewis Tract and Barrier Beach Units during the  State season between April 29 to May 23, 2021.  All hunters are responsible for reviewing and abiding by current season regulations when hunting at Ninigret NWR.

Regulations: Both State and federal regulations apply, including all required licenses and stamps. For information about Rhode Island hunting regulations, visit

Notice: Kettle Pond and Salt Pond Units are limited to archery only hunting for deer and fall wild turkey, no spring wild turkey hunting allowed in these units.   Salt Pond Unit is closed to all users during the Special Veteran Deer Hunt in November and the Youth Hunter Deer Hunt in December.

REMEMBER! Your signed refuge hunt brochure authorizes you to take specific game only. Harming or needlessly disturbing any other wildlife is a violation of Refuge regulations and is cause for prosecution.

On National Wildlife Refuge lands, no hunting is allowed within the hunt safety zones (see map below). Hunters may not discharge weapons into, from, or within a hunt safety zone. Safety zones for archery hunting include areas within 200 feet of a dwelling. For firearms, all areas within 500 feet of a dwelling.

Hunters may pass through safety zones on their way to hunt lands, but arrows must not be knocked and firearms must be unloaded within safety zones. Some, but not all safety zones are marked in the field. It is the hunters responsibility to know where safety zones are located. Posted maps are approximate locations of safety zones.

2021 Spring Wild Turkey Season at Ninigret NWR

Ninigret NWR allows spring wild turkey hunting at designated hunt units on the refuge (see brochure). All hunters are required to print, read, sign, and carry a current year Spring Turkey Hunting Brochure as written permission to access the refuge lands for hunting. Please review the safety setback map below prior to entering the field. Some, but not all safety zones are marked in the field.  Submit your harvest report (FWS form 3-2359) to the refuge by June 15, 2021 to: USFWS - Harvest Report, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI 02813.

If you have any questions, please call the refuge at 401-364-9124.

2021 Ninigret Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Brochure (.PDF)

Special Veteran Deer Hunt

We partner with Freedom Hunters to host a limited deer hunting opportunity for veterans with disabilities at the Salt Pond Unit in November. The unit will be closed to all users during the special hunt.  Please contact the refuge for more information about this program 401-364-9124.

Youth Deer Hunt

We host a limited Youth Deer Hunt at the Salt Pond Unit in December each year.  This unit will be closed to all users during this time.  Eight (8) permits will be issued on a first come basis.  Permits will be available at  Permits will be available in October 2021.

Ninigret Safety Setback Map

Important information about Safety Setback Zones