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
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.
Hunters will be able to apply for the lottery on-line (7 days a week, 24 hours a day) at: http://rhodeislandpermits.com. 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.
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The federally threatened piping plover is a small, stocky, sandy-colored bird resembling a sandpiper. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the base of its neck. Like other plovers, it runs in short starts and stops. When still, the piping plover blends into the pale background of open, sandy habitat on outer beaches where it feeds and nests.