We set out to create the most simplified guide to Massachusetts hunting seasons for 2022-2023.
Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?
Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.
There are so many different opportunities in the Massachesetts 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!
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.
Shotgun: November 29 - December 11
Primitive Firearms: December 13 - December 31
Youth Hunt: October 2
Paraplegic Hunt: October 28 - October 30
Fall General Season: October 4 - November 28
Spring General Season: April 26 - May 22
Spring Youth Hunt: April 24
Cottontail Rabbit: October 16 - February 28
Snowshoe Hare: October 16 - February 28
Gray Squirrel: September 13 - January 1
Crow: July 1 - April 9
Pheasant: October 16 - November 27
Quail: October 16 - November 27
Ruffled Grouse: October 16 - November 27
See the map below for a breakdown of Massachusetts's hunting zones:
You must wear at least 500 square inches of orange during shotgun and primitive firearm deer seasons.
Official State Site: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/division-of-fisheries-and-wildlife
Deer season kicks off October 4 for archery and bear season starts September 7 in Ma.
Archery starts October 4 and shot gun starts Novermber 29 in Mass.
Sorry, there is no hunting on Sundays in Massachusetts.