Alyssa Grayson, youth hunter at Ninigret NWR

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge encompasses a range of habitats, including pine barrens, shrublands, mature forest and coastal wetlands that host a plethora of resident and migratory wildlife.

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.

2021 -2022 Ninigret NWR Hunting Has Closed

General Information for reference only:

The 2021-22 refuge hunting season has ended. Last season hunting regulations and maps are posted below for reference only; dates and some regulations will likely change next hunting season. All hunters are responsible for reviewing and abiding by these regulations when hunting at Ninigret NWR. Updated regulations and other information are usually posted to this page in late summer. 

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

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.

Clarification on HUNTING SAFETY ZONES
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 units, but weapons must be unloaded (including archery equipment) 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.

2021-2022 Deer and Turkey Hunting Has Closed

Ninigret NWR provides white-tailed deer and wild turkey hunting opportunities at designated hunt units on the refuge. Some units are limited to archery only hunting. Salt Pond Unit is closed this season. All hunters are required to print, read, sign, and carry a current year Big and Upland Game Hunting Brochure as written permission to access the refuge lands for hunting. 

Refuge deer hunters may take coyote and fox during the refuge deer season. Please review the Big Game Hunting Program document below prior to entering the field. Some, but not all safety zones are marked in the field. Scouting is allowed one week before the start of the season. Hunters must carry the signed refuge hunt brochure while scouting.

Submit your harvest report FWS Form 3-2359 to the refuge by March 15, 2022 to: USFWS - Harvest Report, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI 02813 or by email at rhodeislandcomplex@fws.gov. If you have any questions, please call the refuge at 401-364-9124.

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 https://rhodeislandpermits.recaccess.com.  Permits will be available in October.