Slideshow Featured Content

  • Celebrate Giving Tuesday!

    Consider donating to the MA Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Fund on #GivingTuesday, December 1st.

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  • Pheasant Retrieve

    Autumn Outdoor Safety Tips

    Fall is a great time to be outdoors with its colors, crisp air and wildlife activity. Whether you are hiking, hunting, fishing, birding, or paddling, a few safety reminders will benefit your outdoor experience.

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  • Avoid Decorating with Invasive Plants!

    Avoid Decorating with Invasive Plants!

    DFW and DAR highly recommend that people avoid using certain exotic, invasive plants to decorate during holiday seasons.

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  • Oakham Wildlife Management Area

    Get out and enjoy your wildlife lands!

    With beautiful Wildlife Management Areas in all regions of the state, there’s no excuse to stay indoors!

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    Migratory Game Bird Update

    The 2015-16 regulations include season dates, bag and possession limits, and information on the Youth Waterfowl Hunt.

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  • Prescribed fire at Southwick Wildlife Management Area

    Land Legacy & Key Sites: Protecting our Investment in Public Land

    MassWildlife is completing the largest habitat management effort the agency has ever undertaken.

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    Massachusetts Wildlife magazine

    Massachusetts Wildlife magazine features award-winning photos and articles on the environment, conservation, fishing, hunting, natural history, and more.

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Seasonal Highlights

  • All Deer Must Be Reported at a Check Station During Shotgun Season
    All deer harvested Nov. 30 – Dec. 12 MUST be checked at a traditional check station. Online harvest reporting is NOT available during this time. Reporting deer at check stations during these two weeks allows biologists to collect valuable biological information needed for deer management. Click here to find a checkstation.
  • NEW: Shotgun Bear Season
    Hunters afield during the shotgun deer season can now take a bear in any zone. Don't forget your required $5 bear permit! Hunters must wear 500 square inches of blaze orange. Only hunting implements that may be used for hunting deer may be used for bear; no rifles or handguns. Bears harvested during the shotgun season may be reported online. Click here to read more.
  • Antlerless Deer Permits: Log into the MassFishHunt system to try to win a permit. This is NOT a first-come first-served system; hunters can try to win a permit any time between August 1 and December 31. Surplus Antlerless Deer Permits are still available for Zones 13 & 14. Click here for Antlerless Deer Permit details.
  • 2015-16 Migratory Bird Regulations are now available. pdf format of 2015-16 Waterfowl ABS
  • 2015 Season Summaries - A convenient summary of the hunting, fishing and trapping season dates for the year.