About Hunting In Massachusetts

There are so many different opportunities in the MA area for great hunting.

Masswildlife owns and mangers over 200,000 acres of land all open to hunting fishing tapping and other outdoor recreation activities. They help conserve fresh fish and protect land so it can thrive for people to enjoy, we help outdoorsmen just like you with presentations, workshops and you can keep protecting land as well by continuing to do what you do best, which is hunting!

Massachusetts Hunting Seasons Offered

Big Game: Deer, Black Bear

Small Game: Rabbit, Hare Squirrel, Furbearers, Bobcat, Coyote, Fox, Oposum, Raccoon

Bird: Turkey, Upland Game Birds, Pheasant, Quail, Ruffed Grouse, Crow

Massachusetts hunting season zones

Massachusetts Deer Hunting Season Dates 2021

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateZoneNotes
Youth Deer Hunt Day10/2/21One Day OnlyAntlered or antlerless
Shotgun11/29/2112/11/21*See below for limit specifications
Archery10/18/2111/27/211-9*See below for limit specifications
10/4/2111/27/2110-14*See below for limit specifications
Primitive
Firearms
12/13/2112/31/21*See below for limit specifications
Paraplegic Hunt10/28/2110/30/21*See below for limit specifications
*Bag Limit: 2 Antlered deer annually. Any deer with at least one antler 3 inches or longer.
Antlerless deer (any deer without antlers or antlers less than 3 inches in length) Hunters may take as many antlerless deer as they have valid antlerless deer permits for the specified permitted zones.

Black Bear hunting Season 2021

Hunting ImplementOpening DateClosing DateLimit per year
Rifle9/7/20219/25/20211
11/1/2111/20/211
Handgun9/7/20219/25/20211
Muzzleloader9/7/20219/25/20211
11/1/2111/20/211
11/29/2112/11/211
Archery9/7/20219/25/20211
11/1/2111/20/211
11/29/2112/11/211
Shotgun11/29/2112/11/211
*All dates inclusive. Hunting is prohibited on Sundays.

Fall Turkey Season 2021

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateZonesLimits
No fall turkey hunting10/4/2110/16/21WMZ 1-9
Shotgun, Muzzleloading, Archery10/18/2110/30/21WMZ 1-131 turkey of either sex
Archery Equipment Only10/4/2110/16/21WMZ 10-131 turkey of either sex
11/1/2111/27/21WMZ 1-91 turkey of either sex
11/1/2111/27/21WMZ 10-131 turkey of either sex
*In wildlife management zones (WMZ) 1–13, hunters can use shotguns, muzzleloading shotguns, and archery equipment as described above from Oct. 19–Oct. 31. During certain periods of the fall season only archery equipment is permitted.

Massachusetts Hunting License Info

Purchase Licenses and Permits at: MassFishHunt

LicenseResidentNon Resident
Resident hunting*$22.50$94.50
Permits / StampsFee
Archery stamp$5.10
Antlerless deer permit (when issued)$5.00
Turkey permit$5.00
Bear permit$5.00
**Wildlands Conservation Stamp: *Price listed does not include the mandatory $5 Wildlands Stamp. In each calendar year, all first resident licenses and all non-resident licenses require a Wildlands Stamp (except for free licenses and saltwater licenses).

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Hunting Guides in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Hunting News

Masswildlife will be stocking about 40,000 ring necked pheasants statewide on private and public lands open to hunting, there are many places to hunt in Mass as it home to multiple NWR, hunting is allowed on the eastern refuge complex in certain areas of the assabet river, great meadows NWR and Oxbow NWR. Parker river and Silvio O. Conte refuges are also available according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

There are definitely a lot of choices to hunt in MA, including Masswildlife lands, state parks and forests, municipal and federal lands as well as private or controlled public hunts. The site where you can find more about each particular option is listed at the bottom of this page.

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