1907 R.I. Pub. Laws 66, An Act for the Protection of Deer
§ 1. It shall be unlawful to pursue or shoot deer in this state except in accordance with the provisions of this act. § 2. Any person owning or occupying any farm or orchard and any person in his employ may, while on his own premises or the premises of his employer, kill any deer which shall be found destroying any crops, vegatables, or fruit trees belonging to such person or his employer: Provided, however, that no such person shall shoot any deer unless he has obtained from the secretary of state a permit so to do; and the secretary of state shall, upon application, issue to any responsible land owner, or his employees, a permit authorizing such person to shoot deer in accordance with the provisions of this section. No person shall pursue or shoot any deer except with a shot gun, or employ any missile larger than buck shot. § 3. Any person violating the provisions of this act shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars for each offence.