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  • Landscape of Maple Hill WMA

    200,000 Acres Protected

    The Dept. of Fish and Game and MassWildlife celebrate a milestone in protecting critical habitat. Learn more about our protection efforts.

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  • Fly Fishing

    2014 Hunting & Fishing Licenses

    Get your 2014 hunting, sporting, fishing, and trapping licenses.

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  • Commercial fishing catch

    Commercial fishing permits

    Secure any required commercial fishing permits from the Division of Marine Fisheries.

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  • Paddlers, Wear Your Life Jackets

    Paddlers, Wear Your Life Jackets

    From September 15, 2013 to May 15, 2014, and every year, people in kayaks and canoes must wear their life jackets while boating.

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  • Briggsville Dam Removal

    Economic Impacts of Stream Restoration

    Learn more about short and long-term economic returns generated by ecological restoration projects in Massachusetts.

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  • FBA Yarmouth Access Site

    Massachusetts Fishing & Boating Access

    The Office of Fishing & Boating Access (FBA) designs, constructs, and manages over 275 state-wide facilities.

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Welcome to the Department of Fish & Game

The Department of Fish and Game is charged with stewardship responsibility for the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants and natural communities. DFG conserves and restores the state's rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, wild lands, and coastal waters through programs of research, restoration, wildlife management and land protection. The department promotes recreational uses of the state's lands and waters consistent with the agency's mission.

Key Resources

  • Maps and Destinations
    Looking for a place to go fishing, hunting, boating, hiking or wildlife watching?  We have maps of Wildlife Management Areas, boating access sites, ponds, and more.
  • Living with Wildlife

    Having difficulties with coyotes in your neighborhood?  Or, has a colony of bats taken up residence in your attic?  Is it ever helpful to move a fawn or any young animal?  Learn the answers to these and other questions in Living with Wildlife.

  • Vernal Pool Certification

    Help the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program ‘certify’ the occurrence of vernal pools by documenting use by one or more groups of species that rely on this unique habitat.  Certification provides protection of vernal pools through regulatory oversight in specific cases.

  • Commercial Regulations

    These are Commercial Fishing Regulation summary tables for finfish, shellfish & seaworms, and lobster & crabs.