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Hunting in Rhode Island: Are Safety Courses Required to Hunt in Rhode Island? How Do I Pass Classes?

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Anyone interested in hunting in Rhode Island must complete a free hunter education course to qualify for a state hunting license. The state established this requirement in 1956 and, according to the Department of Environmental Management, injuries have declined in the years since training became required.

This mandatory program ensures all hunters understand basic safety procedures so they don’t put themselves or others at risk. Even if you have a hunting license from another state, you must prove you completed a hunter education course there.

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The following tips can help you pass the required safety courses so you can start hunting in Rhode Island.

There are no age requirements.
Anyone can take the course, and children as young as 12 can qualify for a Rhode Island hunting license. However, the DEM said children taking the class must be old enough to comprehend the material and complete the required exercises.

Sign up as early as possible.
Pre-registration, which is required, begins one or two months before the course begins. Some classes fill up quickly, so call or go online to sign up as soon as you decide which course you want to take.

You must attend all sessions.
The basic hunter education course lasts between two and three days and includes at least 10 hours of instruction. The bowhunter education course is a daylong session lasting eight hours.

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You must take an additional course for bowhunting.
The basic hunter education course won’t qualify you to hunt using a bow and arrow, but the department offers separate bowhunter education courses. If you want to obtain an archery deer tag, you must take the bowhunter course unless you’ve previously purchased a Rhode Island bowhunting license or you took a bowhunter education course in another state. If you want to hunt using both firearms and archery, you must pass both courses.

Members of the military are exempt.
You don’t have to take the hunter education course if you’re currently in the military or if you’re a former member with an honorable discharge.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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