2018-2019 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.     

2018-2019 Hunting Season at Ninigret NWR

Click here for the press release on hunting opportunities at Ninigret NWR for the 2018/2019 Season 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce white-tailed deer hunting opportunities during the 2018/2019 hunting season. All hunting is allowed by refuge permit only. The Lewis Tract Unit at Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will be open for the November and December 2018 regular seasons. The Kettle Pond and Salt Pond Units at Ninigret NWR will be open to archery only hunting, beginning December 17, 2018 to January 31, 2019. Youth hunters special deer hunt will be held from December 1 - December 16, 2018.  Apply for a hunting permit or lottery drawing at


  • Youth Deer Hunters Only - Lottery to open October 8  
  • Kettle Pond and Salt Pond Hunt Units - ARCHERY ONLY - Permits available 10/8/2018  
  • Lewis Tract Hunt Unit - Permit available 10/8/2018
    • Deer hunting by archery, muzzleloader, and/or shotgun
    • Hunting season open November 1 - December 31 in conjunction with State regulations.
    • A total of 30 hunting permits will be issued, first come basis. Permit fee $5.00
    • 2018 Lewis Tract Unit Deer Hunting Brochure   


All permits and lottery draw applications will be available at

** Youth hunters (12-17 yrs old) selected may attend a hunt orientation prior to participating in the refuge hunt. Date will be sent via email to successful lottery winners.  Additionally, all youth hunters (12-17 years old) must have an adult mentor, 21 years of age or older, which must accompany them during the Youth Hunter Deer Hunt. This adult mentor must have completed a Hunter Education Course and have a valid 2018 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.