Slideshow Featured Content

  • bear feeder

    Please Don’t Feed Bears!

    It’s time to take birdfeeders down. Eliminating food is the first step in preventing conflicts with bears and other wildlife.

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  • Fawn curl

    If you care, leave them there!

    Remember this if you come across young wildlife this spring.

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  • Report Fish Kills

    Report Fish Kills

    Often fish kills result from low dissolved oxygen or other natural factors. But if you find dead or dying fish, report it.

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  • Hen Turkey and Poults

    Wild Turkey Brood Survey

    Help MassWildlife count turkey poults from June 1- August 31. Learn more and download the survey form today.

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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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  • Catch and release fish

    New in 2015

    Catch & Release component added to Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program. Bowfin added to list of eligible gamefish.

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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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Seasonal Highlights

  • A draft of the Massachusetts State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) is now available for public review and comment. Updated every ten years, the SWAP is a comprehensive strategy that helps guide MassWildlife’s conservation decision making. The Plan focuses on the animal and plant species of greatest conservation need for the state, identifies the threats to them, and proposes actions to conserve those species and their habitats.

    Comments on the 2015 SWAP are welcome, and will be accepted until July 31, 2015. A draft of the Plan and instructions on submitting comments can be found at mass.gov/dfw/swap.

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

  • Antlerless Deer Permit Application Deadline July 16

    Deer hunters are reminded that the deadline to apply for an antlerless deer permit is July 16, 2015. This permit is required for any hunter who wishes to hunt antlerless deer. There is no fee to apply; a $5 fee is charged if you are awarded a permit during the Instant Award period. If you have not yet applied, you may do so by logging into the MassFishHunt licensing system at mass.gov/massfishhunt and following these instructions, or by visiting a license vendor. If you are not sure you submitted an antlerless deer permit application, check your hunting license in the Item Purchased  section where you will see a line item that reads: “Antlerless Deer Permit Application/Zone xx” if you have already applied OR  log into MassFishHunt and check your customer inventory. Click here to learn more about the antlerless deer permitting process.