Public hearings are held by the Fisheries & Wildlife Board for the purpose of obtaining public comments on proposed regulatory changes. These hearings are open to anyone to attend and comment either orally or in writing. The date, time and location of hearings are posted in this area along with information. Plain language summaries and the actual proposed language being considered by the Board is also posted here.
Public Comment Period
The Fisheries and Wildlife Board will accept written comment on the proposals at any time prior to the public hearings, and will accept either written or oral comment at public hearings. Unless otherwise noted, the Board typically extends the comment period on regulations for an additional two weeks following the public hearing, and vote on the proposal at their next regularly scheduled meeting. Comments (both oral and written) must focus on the proposed changes to the regulation.
Send written comments to:
Chairman, Fisheries and Wildlife Board
c/o Wayne MacCallum
MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough MA 01581
Comments by e-mail may be sent to:
Mass.firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Fisheries & Wildlife Board
2013 Public Hearing Notices
- April 20 -- Public Hearing, Hudson -- In accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131, Sections 5, and 72, and Chapter 30A, Section 2, NOTICE is hereby given of a public hearing to be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 11:10 A.M., at the Riverside Gun Club, 16 Wilkins Street, Hudson, Massachusetts, to establish and amend rules and regulations relative to the Taking of Certain Fish (American Shad).
Directions (and GPS Coordinates) to Riverside Rod & Gun Club, Hudson
2012 Public Hearing Notices
- October 23 -- Public Hearing, Dalton -- In accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131, Sections 5, 63 and 66, and Chapter 30A, Section 2, NOTICE is hereby given of a Public Hearing to be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Western District Office, 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, MA., to permanently establish rules and regulations relative to the 2012-2013 migratory game bird seasons and method of take.
(Those seasons which opened in September were set by emergency regulation after the September 25, 2012 informational meeting held in Wareham.)
- August 30 -- Public Hearing & Informational Hearing, Wareham
-- At 3:00 pm the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be holding a Public
Hearing at at the UMass Cranberry Experiment Station, 1
State Bog Road, East Wareham to establish rules and regulations relative
to the fall turkey hunt. The proposed regulations change would open
Wildlife Management Zones 10, 11, and 12 to the hunting of wild
turkey during the fall season.
In accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131, Sections 5, and 72, and Chapter 30A, Section 2, NOTICE is hereby given of a Public Hearing to be held at 4:00 P.M. on August 30, 2012, at the UMass Cranberry Experiment Station, 1 State Bog Road, East Wareham, Mass., 02538 to establish rules and regulations relative to the hunting and tagging of deer.
The above will be followed by an Informational Hearing on the 2012-2013 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons. The Fisheries & Wildlife Board will vote on the proposal at the conclusion of the informational hearing in order to meet the filing date as set by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Those seasons (such as the early goose season) which open in September will be set by emergency regulation.
June 20 -- Public Hearing, Dalton -- At 3:00 PM the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be holding a Public Hearing at the MA DFW Western District Office, 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, Massachusetts. The hearing regards proposed revisions that would provide an alternative online option for sportsmen and sportswomen to report the harvest of game and obtain the DFW seal and to hunting, fishing, and trapping license classes.
March 27-- Public Hearings, Westborough -- At 3 PM, Tuesday March 27, 2012, the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be holding two Public Hearings at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Westborough Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, (off North Drive) Westborough, MA.
The first hearing regards proposed revisions to the Divisionís Falconry regulations. The proposed regulations would ensure that Massachusetts remains in compliance with the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, eliminate the need for Massachusetts falconers to obtain both a federal and state permit, enhance and improve the sport of falconry, and regulatory requirements for falconry. Click here for more details and the proposed regulation changes.
- The second hearing regards proposed revisions to the Division's regulations on the taking of wild Atlantic salmon. The proposed regulatory revisions would prohibit the harvest of wild Atlantic salmon upstream of the Essex Dam in the Merrimack River and would coincide with the opening in Spring 2012 of the fish trap at the Essex Dam. Click here for more details and the proposed regulation changes.