Information for Selected Hunters on How to Purchase Doe Tags from MassWildlife

For step-by-step instructions on how to purchase your doe tags using the MassFishHunt website please go to Blue Hills Permit Instructions  pdf format of Blue Hills Permit Instructions
. You may also purchase the permits at any licensed vendor or at any MassWildlife Office. Please note that permits may not be available for purchase until Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

The Blue Hills Deer Management Program is part of DCR’s long-term effort to manage high deer densities within the Blue Hills Reservation. The primary objective and rationale for developing and implementing a deer management program is to maintain an ecologically sustainable deer density that allows for the continuous growth and development of forest regeneration. In particular, DCR wishes to reduce the negative impacts that high deer densities have on the regenerating forest to ensure a healthy forest composed of adequate diversity of species and age classes.

To initiate deer management within the Blue Hills, DCR and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) developed and successfully implemented the first-ever controlled deer hunt within the Reservation during the 2015 shotgun season.

To continue the successful efforts undertaken in 2015, DCR and MassWildlife will implement a second controlled deer hunt in the Blue Hills Reservation during the 2016 shotgun season. Please click on the following link to view a copy of the final 2016 Blue Hills Deer Management Plan pdf format of 2016 Blue Hills Deer Management Plan
file size 1MB. We strongly recommend that all hunters interested in applying to the 2016 controlled hunt review this management plan prior to submitting an application.

Hunting Dates: The 2016 controlled hunt will feature a total of four (4) days of hunting:

  • Tuesday, November 29th
  • Wednesday, November 30th
  • Tuesday, December 6th
  • Wednesday, December 7th

Participation & Access Permitting: Participation in the 2016 controlled hunt will be determined using a random lottery system. Interested hunters must complete and submit an application to DCR in order to be included in the lottery.

Selection of Alternates: DCR will select a pool of alternate hunters to draw from should a permitted hunter be unable to participate in the hunt. Selected alternates will be allowed and encouraged to attend one of the orientation sessions. However, final inclusion on the list of alternates will depend upon attendance at one of the orientation sessions.

Hunting Implements: In 2016, participants will be allowed to use shotguns (slug only) or archery. Archery hunting will only be allowed within the Reservation during the four (4) days of the controlled hunt and only in designated areas. Of the more than 7,000 acres that comprise the Blue Hills, 3,495 acres will be opened to shotgun hunting while 226 acres will be opened to archery hunting. To see which areas of the Reservation will be open to shotgun and archery hunting, please view the maps below:

Number of Hunters: No more than 132 hunters will be allowed to hunt during each day of the controlled hunt. This includes 117 shotgun hunters and 15 archery hunters.

  • Shotgun Hunters: Four (4) different groups of shotgun hunters will be selected to participate in this year’s controlled hunt. Each group of 117 shotgun hunters will only be permitted to hunt during one (1) day of the hunt.
  • Archery Hunters: Only one (1) group of 15 archery hunters will be selected to participate in this year’s controlled hunt. All 15 archery hunters will be permitted to hunt during all four (4) days of the hunt.

The application period for the 2016 controlled hunt is now closed.