2022 Rhode Island Youth Waterfowl Training & Mentored Hunt

An instructor sits behind a youth hunter as they aim a rifle to the sky during a mentored youth waterfowl hunt

Presented by the Rhode Island DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife in partnership with Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, RI Ducks Unlimited, Gotta Q BBQ Smokehouse, and other partnering organizations.

Questions? Contact Madison Proulx, Hunter Education Administrative Assistant, Madison.Proulx@dem.ri.gov.

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Event Overview

Day 1: Family Welcome Event & Youth Training
Sunday, October 2
8:30 am – 1:30 pm in West Kingston, RI
(rain date: Thursday, October 6 from 5 – 7:00 pm)

The training day is a fun way to help our youth hunters build their confidence, meet other youth hunters, learn new information around topics like firearm safety and waterfowl hunting rules and regulation, and practice their skills to help prepare them for their upcoming hunt. Participants will have an opportunity to practice with clay targets during the training. Clay targets, safety gear, and 12- and 20-gauge ammunition will be provided. Lunch is provided and guardians are encouraged to attend!

Day 2: Mentored Youth Hunt
Saturday, October 29
4 am – 11 am, hunting locations TBD
(rain or shine)

Youth will be matched with experienced mentors that will safely guide them through their waterfowl hunting experience. After the hunt, youth and mentors will gather for breakfast and share stories about their early morning hunting experience. Breakfast will be followed by field dressing tutorials and cooking demonstrations. Guardians are welcome to join us post-hunt for breakfast.

Youth Criteria
  • Age 12 - 15 on the day of the hunt (Saturday, October 29, 2022).
  • Able to attend all parts of the program (dates listed in event overview).
  • Submit the application & writing assignment by August 25.
  • Required to obtain a valid 2022 Rhode Island Hunting License and Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit.*

* To purchase a Rhode Island Hunting License, a first-time hunter must attend and pass a Hunter Safety Course. To find times and locations of Hunter Safety Courses visit, http://www.dem.ri.gov/huntereducation.

Application & Writing Assignment Directions

Application and writing assignment must be received by Thursday, August 25, 2022 to be considered. Youth will be notified of their acceptance into the program in early to mid September.

  • APPLICATION FORM: Complete and submit an electronic application using the Online Application Form.
  • WRITING ASSIGNMENT: Youth applicants are required to submit a writing assignment (500 word essay, 12-point font) responding to the prompt below. Writing assignments should be emailed to Madison.Proulx@dem.ri.gov.

Writing Prompt: Part of being a role model is helping and inspiring others to take action. When a hunter shares their story of learning how to hunt, it is common to hear the name of a role model or mentor who extended a helping hand and supported them in becoming the hunter they are today. This is the first step for many hunters and remains an important part of building our community and the next generation of ethical hunters. Write an essay describing a scenario (of any kind, it doesn’t need to be connected to hunting!) where you acted as a role model and inspired and helped another person to take action.

The 2022 Rhode Island Youth Waterfowl Training & Mentored Hunt is made possible through support from The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program (WSFR). RI DEM works to protect and enhance wildlife habitat in Rhode Island forests and management areas to ensure healthier, more diverse, and abundant wildlife populations. Hunting has a long tradition in Rhode Island, supporting family customs, connecting people with nature, and attracting tourism to the state. Hunters help provide funding for wildlife conservation through their purchase of firearms and ammunition through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program (WSFR) and generate more matching federal funds ($3 federal match for every $1 state contributed) through the purchase of their state hunting licenses and permits.