Deer Hunting in Rhode Island 2013

Rhode Island, Antler Nation State, Deer Hunting in Rhode Island

Rhode Island



Est. Whitetail Population


No. Licenses Sold Annually


Resident hunting license is $18; deer permits are $12.50 each.

Resident hunting license and deer permit


Nonresident hunting license is $45, and deer permits are $25.50 each.

Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

176 4/8"

Picked up by Benjamin DeMerchant in Providence County in 2011. Largest typical buck killed by a hunter is 166 6/8 inches and was taken by Stephen Ponte in Newport County in 2006.

Record B&C Typical Stat


Total B&C Typical Entries

Season Dates (2013): Archery season is Sept. 15 to Jan. 31. Muzzleloader season is Nov. 7 to Dec. 1.; Sept. 1 to Oct. 3 for zone 1; and Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 for Zone 2. Shotgun season runs Dec. 7-22.

The Grade: C-

OK, so Rhode Island and deer hunting don't go hand in hand. But there are still good numbers of whitetails in this largely urban state, to the tune of about 2,500 deer or so harvested per year and there's about 46,000 acres of public hunting land. Seasons are simple and liberal, and tags are available over the counter. If you hunt deer in Rhode Island and have access, you know it's a good place to hunt and licenses are cheap.

Antler Nation Knowledge: Rhode Island may have only three bucks in the Boone and Crockett records, but that's not bad considering the state's small size. Rhode Island produces some nice bucks every year, including Pope and Young candidates.