Hunting at Block Island National Wildlife Refuge

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 8:30am

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to offer hunting opportunities at the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge this season. White-tailed deer hunting is offered at Beane Point, Sandy Point, Grove Point, and Wash Pond, with some season and weapon restrictions.

Approximately 133 acres are open to white-tailed deer hunting, and Wash Pond Unit is open to migratory bird hunting (ducks, coot, merganser). State safety regulations apply.
Details of the existing hunting plan are:
- Beane Point and Sandy Point are subject to the Rhode Island regulations for hunting deer (October to February), which reflects the season established by the Town of New Shoreham, and hunting is prohibited on weekends.

- Grove Point, Wash Pond, and Skippers Island are open for archery-only deer hunting, matching the state archery season (October to February), which also reflects the season established by the Town of New Shoreham, and prohibits hunting on weekends. Archery proficiency certification is required.

- Wash Pond is open during the state migratory bird hunting season for ducks, coot, and mergansers (October – January). No hunting is allowed on weekends.
- Hunters are encouraged to check in with the New Shoreham Police Department prior to hunting.
No permits are required. Hunters must download, sign, and carry a refuge hunting brochure for each season to serve as written permission to access refuge units for hunting. These hunting brochures, as well as the safety setback maps are available for download at: For questions, please call headquarters at (401) 364- 9124, or email

Block Island Hunting Season Dates

January: 1/21, 1/24-1/28, 1/31, 2022
February: 2/1-2/4, 2/7-2/11, 2/14-2/18, 2022