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2016-2017 Hunting Opportunities

The Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a diverse network of lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that includes over 560 national wildlife refuges and more than 150 million acres of public lands and waters set aside for the conservation of fish, wildlife and plants. The Refuge System works to foster public awareness and appreciation of the natural world through wildlife-dependent recreation, including wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation, fishing and hunting.     

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Units Map for the 2016-2017 Season 

Click here for the full press release on hunting opportunities at Ninigret NWR for the 2016/2017 Season 


2016-2017 Hunting Season Opportunities

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce opportunities for white-tailed deer hunting during the 2016/2017 hunting season. All hunting is allowed by refuge permit only. The Lewis Tract Unit will be open for the November and December 2016 regular seasons. The Kettle Pond and Salt Pond Units will be open to archery only hunting, beginning January 1 to January 31, 2017. There is a non-refundable $5.00 application fee to enter the lottery drawing.  Successful lottery winners will pay an additional $20.00 for the refuge hunt permit, with the exception of the youth deer hunters. 


  • Salt Pond Hunt Unit (Youth Deer Hunters Only) Lottery has closed, winners have been notified.  
  • Kettle Pond and Salt Pond Hunt Units   
  • Lewis Tract Hunt Unit - Lottery has closed, winners have been notified.
    • November Season: Tuesday, November 1 - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
      • Open Application Period: Friday, August 12 - Saturday, October 15, 2016, 11:59pm EST
    • December Season: Thursday, December 1 - Saturday, December 31, 2016
      • Open Application Period: Friday, August 12 - Saturday, October 15, 2016, 11:59pm EST
    • 2016-2017 Lewis Tract Unit Shotgun/Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Brochure 


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 fees. Youth hunters (12-17 yrs old) selected are required to attend a full day hunt orientation Saturday, November 12, 2016, 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 2016 RI Hunting License. Please call refuge office for questions at 401-364-9124. 

The Refuge will be closed to public use during Youth Firearms Season.

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.


Last Updated: Nov 02, 2016
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