Check Station Locations
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Online harvest reporting via the MassFishHunt system WILL BE AVAILABLE for hunters starting with the 2013 spring turkey season. More information about checking your harvested game online can be found in the 2013 Guide to Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping on pages 8-11 or on the e-regulations website. To start your online harvest report, visit the MassFishHunt online system.
Deer must be checked/reported in within 48 hours from the time of kill. Deer check stations are generally operational from October - December 31. Some check stations may have changed their hours from past years and others may no longer be in service, so check this list carefully.
Coyote check stations are generally operational from October -March. Actual checking dates may vary by station. For instance some check stations will check coyotes, but only during deer hunting seasons. Coyote pelts must be checked within 4 business days after the end of the coyote season.
For specific instructions on checking your turkey online, click here. Turkey hunters still have the option of bringing their harvested bird to a traditional game check station. Remember that you must report/check your harvested turkey within 48 hours. Also, turkey hunters are reminded that the spring bag limit is 2 BEARDED TURKEYS, WITH NO MORE THAN 1 HARVEST ALLOWED PER DAY. Permissible shot sizes for wild turkey hunting have been expanded to include #7 shot, thus shot sizes of #4-#7 are legal. Click here for more details on the shot size regulations.
IMPORTANT 2012 UPDATES:
- New fall turkey hunting season will be open in Zones 10, 11, and 12 this fall.
- The statewide fall wild turkey hunting season has been lengthened from one week to a two- week season. The 2012 fall hunting season dates are now October 22 - November 3, 2012.
- Permissible shot sizes for wild turkey hunting have been expanded to include #7 shot. Formerly, shot sizes were limited to #4 - #6 for wild turkey hunting.
- More details on the new regulations.
Successful bear hunters must tag their bear immediately with the bear tag that is attached to the bear permit and bring the bear to an official checking station within 48 hours. Call ahead if possible.
Many checkstations have different hours for the first week of shotgun deer season. Some have additional hours, whereas others are asked to not check deer so that deer can be funneled to nearby checkstations to increase biological data collection. Special hours for the first week of shotgun season are listed in the table below.