Rhode Island


Upon shooting a deer, a hunter with a current valid hunting license and deer permit may use one (1) dog or engage a second party to use one (1) dog to recover a wounded and lost or un-recovered deer within seventy-two (72) hours of shooting the deer provided that he complies with the following restrictions.

  1. There shall be no firearms or archery devices carried by the hunter, dog handler, or any individual present at the time of tracking.
  2. The dog shall be maintained under physical control of the dog handler  at all times by the means of a lead no longer than fifty (50) feet that shall be attached to the collar or harness of the dog.
  3. The hunter shall be present at all times.
  4. All parties involved in recovering a deer with a dog shall wear 500 square inches of fluorescent orange.
  5. If it is determined that the deer is still alive all parties will back away immediately and the dog will be taken out of the area.
  6. Written permission required for deer hunting shall be possessed while tracking with a dog on private land.

2023-2024 Rhode Island Hunting & Trapping Guide

State Regulations: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bnatres/fishwild/index.htm

United States:

Green — Tracking allowed
Red — No Tracking allowed
Gray — Tracking allowed under certain circumstances or in certain areas of the state/province, but not all