Slideshow Featured Content

  • Deer in winter

    Don't Feed Wintering Wildlife

    Each winter, MassWildlife receives inquiries from the public regarding whether or not to feed wildlife. While people have good intentions, supplemental feeding of wildlife typically does more harm than good.

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  • Catch and release fish

    New in 2015

    Catch & Release component added to Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program. See Program pages for Catch & Release rules and minimum lengths.

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  • Save something on your taxes. Contribute to the endangered wildlife fund.

    Contribute on your state tax form

    Help save endangered wildlife. Please contribute on your MA Income Tax form to the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Fund. Look for line 32a. Endangered Wildlife Conservation.

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  • 3magazines

    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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  • 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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  • turkey hunt

    Get ready for spring turkey season!

    Read about regulations, online harvest reporting, check stations, opportunities for young hunters, and more.

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  • Rainbow trout

    Nearly 500,000 trout ready for spring!

    Trout stocking will likely begin the last week of March or the first week in April, due to lingering snow and ice.

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Seasonal Highlights

  • Rusty Blackbird Migration Blitz- MassWildlife needs your help documenting Rusty Blackbirds during spring migration! The Rusty Blackbird has undergone one of the most precipitous declines documented for any species in North America. Since the mid 1900s, the population is thought to have declined by 85%, and the cause largely remains a mystery. Very little is known about the migratory habits of this species, and the goal of the Rusty Blackbird Migration Blitz is to gain a better understanding of the species requirements during migration. To report your Rusty Blackbird sighting, learn more about the project, and review identification tips, click here. If you are interested in participating and have questions, contact MassWildlife Ornithologist Andrew Vitz at or (508) 389- 6394.
  • Spring Turkey Season

    Spring Turkey Season runs from April 27- May 23, 2014. Hunters are reminded that online harvest reporting is available (go to:,  click here for detailed  instructions). Harvested birds may also be reported in person – go to for a map of check stations around the state.

  • 2014 Hunter Survey Announcement

    During February and March, hunters who have included their email address with their MassFishHunt profile will receive an email invitation to participate a hunter survey. MassWildlife biologists use data from this anonymous survey to understand hunter preferences and efforts and to aid in management of all game species.

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  • 2015 Licenses are available for purchase now. View an electronic version of the 2015 Guide to Hunting, Freshwater Fishing, & Trapping (Abstracts).