Hunting at Trustom Pond NWR


The primary objective of a national wildlife refuge is to provide habitat for the conservation and protection of wildlife. The harvest of surplus animals is one tool used to manage wildlife populations. Carefully managed hunts maintain wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment, provide wholesome recreational opportunities, and permit the use of a valuable, renewable resource.

2021 Trustom Pond NWR Hunting

Migratory Bird Hunting in Field 1

Field 1 at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge will be open to goose, dove, duck, merganser, and coot hunting opportunities, in accordance with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) South Shore Management Area (SSMA). More information will be posted in this year's State Hunting and Trapping Regulation Guide.

2021 White-tailed Deer Hunting - Refuge Permit Required

Trustom Pond NWR will provide limited, archery only hunting opportunities for white-tailed deer by Refuge Permit this season. Hunters will be selected through a lottery drawing. Rhode Island Archery Proficiency Certification is required for all permitted hunters. State and federal regulations apply. No hunting allowed in 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. There will be designated hunter parking on refuge property. The refuge will be closed to all other users during the hunting sessions (see dates below). 

There will be two (2), one-week hunting sessions allowed this year:

Postponed to Fall 2022

Ten (10) hunters will be selected to hunt during each hunting session. Lottery entries and permits will be available on-line at beginning August 16, 2021. Hunters may submit one lottery entry, and will indicate preference for hunting session.  Cost to enter the lottery is $5.00.  If selected to hunt, the permit cost is $15.00 and must be secured within 10 days of selection.

Lottery closes September 30, 2021.

For additional program details, please download the 2021 Trustom Pond NWR Hunting and Fishing Program.

To learn about hunting opportunities at the other Rhode Island NWR's, visit 

For questions, call the refuge office at 401-364-9124.