TheSwamper wrote:Welcome to the forum and thanks for your service man!
Here are a few links for you to check out. They are the waterfowl regs AND the general hunting regs for RI.
I'll try and answer your questions for you or at least point you in the right direction.
1. Is duck hunting in Rhode Island a viable hobby? I know we have lots of great swampland, lakes, and forest area...so I imagine that it is possible. If not, where in Mass near RI is a good place to look at?
Duck hunting is a viable hobby for sure. I don't know much about Mass. because I don't hunt there. I'm from RI so i hunt RI mostly. I know there is no hunting on Sunday in Mass and their gun laws are a lot more strict then in RI.
There is a lot of state land to hunt in RI and as long as you are 500' from a dwelling/building and below mean high-tide you are pretty much allowed to hunt any tidal waters. There are plenty of rivers and streams as well.
Again read ALL the regs to get more info.
2. I have heard puddle ducks are easier to start with, as compared to sea ducks. Do you think I should start with puddlers first? Is there a good size puddle duck population in RI?
Puddle ducks are 'easier' to hunt as far as what type of gear you need for sure. Most puddle duck hunting I do is with a kayak or canoe, as opposed to sea duck hunting which usually requires a much bigger boat.
I wouldn't say there is a 'good' size puddle duck population in RI, but if you do your home work and scout you can find birds.
3. What kind of shotgun do you suggest? I currently have a very old 870 pump 2 3/4 with a Mod. choke but may resign to using this as a backup. I am currently eying the Franchi Affinity for its Inertia system and affordable cost.
All I use is an 870! Best waterfowl gun ever made IMO.
4. Can anyone suggest a guide to begin with? I, being in the military, am very comfortable with the outdoors but would like to learn the basics from someone on a basic day trip before I set off on my own.
Feel free to PM with any questions.
As long as you read ALL the regs you should be fine.
Good luck, be safe.
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