Youth Hunting Opportunities: A Comprehensive Guide

Youth Deer Archery Season

This season is a prime opportunity for young hunters to engage in archery hunting. The schedule is meticulously organized by zones, enhancing the hunting experience:

  • Zone 1: Activities commence from September 9th to 10th, offering an early start to the season.
  • Zone 2: This zone's season is slated for September 23rd to 24th, a perfect time for those who missed the earlier dates.
  • Zone 3: Scheduled for October 28th to 29th, this provides a late-season option for enthusiasts.

Youth Deer Muzzleloader Season

A unique and traditional hunting method, the Youth Deer Muzzleloader Season is an exciting time for young hunters. This season covers:

  • Zones 1 & 2: Both these zones share the same dates, October 28th to 29th, simplifying the schedule for participants.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting

Waterfowl hunting is a popular and challenging sport. This season is:

  • Statewide: On October 28th to 29th, young hunters across the state can participate in this exhilarating experience.

Youth Pheasant Hunting

Pheasant hunting provides a different kind of challenge and is a great way to learn hunting skills. The dates and locations for this season are:

  • Great Swamp WMA, South Kingstown
  • Durfee Hill WMA, Glocester
  • Eight Rod Farm WMA, Tiverton
  • The collective dates for these locations are October 14th to 15th.

Youth Turkey Hunting

Turkey hunting requires skill and patience, making it a great learning experience. The season spans:

  • Statewide: From April 15th to 21st, 2024, young hunters can engage in turkey hunting across various locations.

License Requirements for Young Hunters

Understanding the license requirements is crucial for youth hunters in Rhode Island:

  • Ages 12 to 14: Must have either a resident or non-resident junior hunting license.
  • Age 15: Requires a resident or non-resident hunting license.
  • License Acquisition: Licenses are available after completing a Hunter Safety course.

Hunting Companionship Rules

The regulations regarding hunting companionship vary based on age:

  • Ages 12 - 14: Must hunt alongside an adult (21 years or older) with a valid RI hunting license.
  • Age 15: Hunting with a licensed adult is not mandatory, except during youth waterfowl hunts.
  • Youth Waterfowl Hunts: All youth hunters (ages 12 - 15) must be accompanied by a licensed adult.

Adult Accompaniment Regulations

Specific guidelines for adults accompanying youth hunters:

  • Accompaniment Limit: An adult can accompany a maximum of two youth hunters at a time.
  • Restrictions for Adults: Adults are prohibited from hunting or carrying archery equipment/firearms during youth-only hunting days.

Other Hunting Regulations

All standard hunting permit requirements and regulations per season apply.

Contact Information

Specific Youth Hunting Opportunities

  • Youth Deer Hunting: Dates vary by Season and Zone. All regulations and permit requirements apply.
  • Youth Waterfowl Hunting: HIP Permit, RI hunting license, RI State Waterfowl Stamp, and Federal Duck Stamp required.
  • Youth Pheasant Hunting: Scheduled for October 14 - 15 at designated Wildlife Management Areas.
  • Youth Turkey Hunting: Regulations include a limit of two bearded turkeys in the spring season, with permit requirements.

Special Training and Mentored Hunts

  • Youth Waterfowl Training and Mentored Hunt: Partnership with Ducks Unlimited for training and hunting opportunity.
  • Youth Turkey Training and Mentored Hunt: Partnership with the Light Foundation, aimed at leadership and conservation skills development.

Disabled Hunting Opportunities in Rhode Island

Special Deer Season for Disabled Hunters

This season is specifically tailored to meet the needs of disabled hunters:

  • Location: Zone 3.
  • Dates: October 24th to 27th.
  • Eligibility: Exclusively for paraplegic and double amputee hunters.
  • Permit Requirements: A special hunting permit is mandatory, obtainable through the RI DEM Office of Boat Registration and Licensing Division. Contact at 235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908, or call (401) 222-3576.
  • First-Time Hunters: A physician-signed application is necessary for a first-time hunter.
  • Previous License Holders: A photocopy of a previous paraplegic/double amputee hunting license suffices.

Paraplegic Hunter Turkey Season

An inclusive opportunity for paraplegic hunters:

  • Location: Statewide.
  • Dates: April 20th to 21st, 2024.
  • License Requirement: A spring turkey permit is needed.
  • Bag Limit: Two turkeys, with a restriction of one on state land.

Patience and Prudence Islands Special Deer Season

Focused hunting opportunities for disabled hunters:

  • Restrictions: Deer hunting is limited to paraplegic and double amputee hunters.
  • Hunting Aids: No license is required for assistants, but they cannot hunt or carry loaded firearms.

Hunting Method and Reporting

Adaptations to accommodate disabled hunters:

  • Firearms: Hunters may use shotguns or muzzleloaders with restrictions aligned with regular deer season. Muzzleloading firearms are permissible on Prudence Island.
  • Reporting: All deer taken must be reported using the online harvest system at
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