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

YouthOct 21 deer1 antlered deer or antlerless deer in zone specified in permit
ShotgunOct 28- 30
ArcheryOct 28- 301-94 deer
Oct 4- Nov 2710-144 deer
Dec 13- 31

Black Bear hunting Season 2021

Black Bear Season in Massachusetts is the following dates: Sept 7-25, 2020 & Nov 1-10, 2020 and Nov 29- Dec 11, 2020.

Fall Turkey Season

Firearm & ArcheryOct 19-311-9
Oct 19-3110-13
No fall turkey huntingOct 5- 171-9
Nov 2-28

Massachusetts Hunting License Info

Purchase Licenses and Permits at: MassFishHunt

Resident / NonresidentLicenseCost
Non residentHuntingFree
Resident/ Non residentCommercial shooting
Antlerless Deer Permit$5.00

Find a Hunting Guide

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.

Links to helpful sites

Massachusetts State Regulation Site: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-2020-fall-hunting-season-information
Hunting and fishing seasons: