What: Be Safe! Be sure to wear at least 200 square inches of fluorescent orange (usually a hat and or a vest) when hiking on state, federal, or other public and private open space.
When: *September 10, 2022 – February 17, 2023 for deer, and until May 21 for other game.
All users of State Management Areas and designated undeveloped State Parks, including but not limited to: hunters, hikers, bikers, horseback riders etc. are required to wear two hundred (200) square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange during hunting season.
During the shotgun deer season in December, five hundred (500) square inches are required to be worn by all users.
Examples are: a hat that covers 200 square inches or a combination of hat and vest covering 500 square inches.
If you bring your dog with you on hikes, don’t forget to protect your dog! You can get orange vests for your dog too.
Remember, many of the same orange items used during hunting season can also make for great safety items all year when walking or hiking near roadways.
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) hunting regulations for this year are posted at https://www.eregulations.com/assets/docs/guides/22RIHD.pdf
* Always check with RI DEM for extensions to any of the hunting periods.
The Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife has created this easy to understand chart so that you know when to wear blaze orange when visiting State Management Areas and undeveloped State Parks and other large open space properties where hunting might be happening.
Hike safely! Wear blaze orange during hunting season!