Turkey Hunting Seasons and Regulations in Rhode Island

A. Season Dates Overview

  1. Paraplegic Spring Turkey Season: Occurs the weekend before the Statewide Spring Turkey Season begins.
  2. Youth Turkey Season: Runs from Monday to Sunday prior to the Statewide Spring Turkey Season start.
  3. Statewide Spring Turkey Season: Starts on the last Thursday of April and lasts for 25 days.
  4. Fall Archery Turkey Season: Scheduled from October 1st to October 31st.

B. Spring Turkey Season Limits

  • Bag and possession limit: Two bearded turkeys.
  • State land hunting restriction: Only one turkey may be taken.

C. Fall Archery Turkey Season Limits

  • Bag and possession limit: One turkey of either sex.

D. Turkey Permits and Regulations

  1. Spring Season Permits:
    • Hunters can purchase and use one all lands permit and one private land only permit.
    • Each permit allows taking one bearded turkey.
    • Possibility of taking two turkeys on the same day if one is on private land.
  2. Fall Season Permits:
    • One fall archery permit is available, valid for both State and private land.

E. Paraplegic Spring Turkey Season Rules

  • Exclusive to hunters with a permanent disability hunting license.
  • Assistants cannot hunt or carry firearms.
  • Bag limit aligns with § 9.13(D)(1).

F. Youth Turkey Season Guidelines

  • For hunters aged 12 to 15.
  • Accompaniment rules vary by age.
  • Bag limit aligns with § 9.13(D)(1).

G. Statewide Hunting Permission

  • Wild turkey hunting is allowed across the state.

H. Shooting Hours

  1. Spring Season: Half hour before sunrise to 1:00 P.M.
  2. Fall Season: Half hour before sunrise to sunset.

I. Authorized Equipment

  • Shotguns up to ten gauges and certain archery equipment.
  • Specific requirements for bows and broadheads.
  • Only one weapon allowed per hunter in the field.

J. Tagging Requirements

  • Immediate notching of the tag with date and time of kill.
  • Tagging and possession rules for carcass transport.

K. Checking Requirements

  • Mandatory reporting to DEM by 11:59 P.M. on the day of the kill.
  • Confirmation number must be attached to the tag.

L. Tissue Sampling Rights

  • DEM may sample any tissues for analysis.

M. Prohibited Activities

  • Restrictions on hunting methods and equipment.
  • Specific regulations on turkey calling and stalking.
  • Refer to General Hunting Regulations for more

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