Duck Hunting in Rhode Island

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  • B
  • 8,800

    Duck Statewide Harvest

  • 8,000

    Goose Statewide Harvest

  • 1,900

    No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually

  • 5.5

    Ducks Per Hunter

  • 6.2

    Geese Per Hunter

  • $18

    Cost of Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

  • $7.50

    Cost of Resident State Stamps and Permits

  • $25

    Federal Duck Stamp

  • Season $45; three-day license $16

    Cost of Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

  • $7.50

    Cost of Non-Resident State Stamps and Permits

  • $25

    Federal Duck Stamp

Duck Hunting Nation Knowledge

Ah, Rhode Island. The little state offers much to the outdoor enthusiast, including a dose of sleeper waterfowling.

Sleeper? No, the Ocean State would never qualify as a waterfowling destination; not even close. However, with only about 1,000 licensed waterfowl hunters in 2017, there’s not much competition for the almost 9,000 ducks they strapped that year. But it’s the goose hunting that elevates Rhode Island to a B rating. An 11.1 goose-per-gun average is pretty decent in anyone’s book.

Saltwater waterfowlers will find plenty of action, thanks to good numbers of eiders and scoters off the coast, plus a handful of seasoned guides and outfitters to get hunters there and back safely.

For that bucket-list moment, you can also chase brant. Oh, and it’s cheap. A three-day tag, including state duck stamp, is only $23.50.

— Compiled and written by M.D. Johnson


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