Rhode Island Hunting License Information and Costs

License and Permit Fees for 2023-2024

Here are the license and permit fees for the period from March 1, 2023, to February 29, 2024:

Resident Licenses:

  1. Resident Hunting License (must be 15 years old)

    • Online Fee: $21.00
    • Vendor Fee: $23.00
  2. Resident Combination License (Hunting & Fishing)

    • Online Fee: $38.00
    • Vendor Fee: $40.00
  3. Resident Junior Hunting License (12-14 years old)

    • Online Fee: $14.00
    • Vendor Fee: $17.00
  4. Permanent Resident Combination License (over 65 or disabled)

    • No Fee
  5. Resident Trapping License

    • Online Fee: $15.00
    • Vendor Fee: $17.00

Non-Resident Licenses:

  1. Non-Resident Hunting License (must be 15 years old)

    • Online Fee: $55.00
    • Vendor Fee: $58.00
  2. Non-Resident Tourist Hunting License (3-day)

    • Online Fee: $20.00
    • Vendor Fee: $23.00
  3. Non-Resident Junior Hunting License (12-14 years old)

    • Online Fee: $40.00
    • Vendor Fee: $43.00
  4. Non-Resident Trapping License (if reciprocal privileges allowed)

    • Online Fee: $50.00
    • Vendor Fee: $53.00

Additional Licenses and Permits:

  1. Active Military Personnel Hunting License

    • Online Fee: $21.00
    • Vendor Fee: $23.00
  2. Resident All Outdoors Deer Package Permit

    • Online Fee: $78.00
    • Vendor Fee: $81.00
  3. Resident Deer Permit

    • Fee: $13.00
  4. Non-Resident Deer Permit

    • Fee: $26.50
  5. Resident Turkey Permit

    • Fee: $8.00
  6. Non-Resident Turkey Permit

    • Fee: $21.50
  7. RI Game Bird Permit

    • Fee: $17.00
  8. State Waterfowl Stamp

    • Fee: $8.00
  9. Migratory Bird (H.I.P) Permit

    • No Fee


  • Junior hunters must hunt in the immediate company of an adult, 21 years of age or older, holding a valid RI hunting license.
  • Any resident 65 years or older or with a permanent disability may obtain a free permanent license.
  • The All Outdoors Deer Permit Package includes two (2) antlered deer permits and five (5) antlerless deer permits that may be used in any combination during the open deer seasons in Zones 1 and 2.
  • Deer permits are sex, weapon, and zone specific.
  • Non-Residents pay a $1.00 Enhanced access fee ($18.00 Game Bird Permit and $9.00 State Waterfowl Stamp).

Hunting Licenses and Permits

Here is a list of hunting licenses and permits along with their requirements:

Hunting License

  • Required for all hunting activities.

Deer Permit

  • Required during deer seasons.

Turkey Permit

  • Required during turkey season.

Game Bird Permit

  • Required for hunting pheasants and quail.

HIP Permit (Harvest Information Program)

  • Required for hunting morning doves, crows, woodcock, snipe, and rails.

Federal Duck Stamp

  • Required for waterfowl hunting.

State Duck Stamp

  • Required for waterfowl hunting.


  • Each deer and turkey harvested requires an individual permit.
  • Deer permit required during deer seasons, and turkey permit required during turkey season.
  • Crow hunters are not required to obtain a HIP Permit.

Licenses & Permits for Hunting

To engage in hunting activities in Rhode Island, it is imperative to have the necessary licenses and permits. Here are the key regulations regarding hunting licenses and permits:

Hunting License Requirement

  • No person is permitted to hunt, pursue, take, or kill any wild bird or animal in the state without first obtaining a Rhode Island hunting license (RIGL 20-13-1).

Carrying the License

  • Hunters must carry a signed paper copy of their license and permits at all times during their hunting activities. These documents must be presented for inspection upon request by any authorized person. Failure to present a license can result in penalties as if hunting without one (RIGL 20-2-9).


  • Licensed hunters and trappers may be subject to inspections of any boat, vehicle, game bag, blind, stand, or other equipment used in conjunction with their licensed activity (RIGL 20-2-32).

License Suspension or Revocation

  • Licenses may be suspended or revoked due to violations of hunting rules and regulations (RIGL 20-2-13).

Permit to Hunt State Management Areas

  • Possessing a valid Rhode Island hunting license or combination hunting and fishing license serves as a permit to hunt state management areas (RIGL 20-18-2 and 20-18-3). However, special permits may be required for deer, waterfowl, or turkey hunting on state lands.
  • These permits are valid from the first day of the season to the last day in February. Carrying firearms on state management areas at other times is prohibited.

License Availability

  • Hunting licenses are available online at, at the DEM Office of Boating Registration and Licenses at 235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908 (phone: (401) 222-3576), and from some sporting goods stores.
  • Reprints of lost or damaged licenses are free through the online system.
  • Purchases made at a full-service vendor incur an Enhanced Access Fee (EAF) to cover the cost of administering the licensing system. The EAF rates are as follows:
    • Resident: $2 per license and $0.50 per permit
    • Non-Resident: $3 per license and $1.00 per permit
    • No EAF for Recreational Saltwater Fishing or No Cost Licenses and permits.

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP)

  • All migratory bird hunters are required to obtain a HIP certification and answer a short survey. HIP permits are available free of charge through the online system, at license vendors, DEM Providence headquarters, and the DEM Great Swamp Field Office.
  • The HIP program enhances data collection for state and federal agencies, aiding in the management of migratory bird resources.

Safety Measures for Other Users

  • Users of State Management Areas and designated undeveloped State Parks, such as hikers, bikers, and horseback riders, are mandated to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and from the third Saturday in April to the last day in May. This measure is in place for safety during hunting seasons.
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