Slideshow Featured Content

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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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  • Rainbow trout

    Fall Trout Stocking

    67,900 rainbow and 6,000 brown trout will be stocked around the state this fall. Almost all are 12+ inches, many are 14+ inches.

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    Get out and enjoy your wildlife lands!

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

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  • hunter orange

    Get Your Orange On!

    Be safe and be seen while outdoors this fall and winter. Learn more about “hunter orange” and other outdoor safety tips.

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Seasonal Highlights

  • Sale of Surplus Antlerless Deer Permits by Wildlife Management Zone links to PDF file will be staggered over the following days in October:
    • Zone 11 permits will go on sale on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8 A.M.
    • Zone 10 permits will go on sale on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 8 A.M.
    • Zone 13 and 14 permits will go on sale on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 8 A.M. 

    Once on sale, permits will remain available until sold out in each Wildlife Management Zone. Hunters are reminded that they can only purchase permits through MassFishHunt, at a license vendor location, or at a DFW office. More about surplus antlerless deer permits.

  • Sunday Hunting Still Prohibited
    Hunting on Sundays is still prohibited in Massachusetts. A bill to allow bowhunting on Sundays had been passed by the House in June of 2014 but did not get passed by the full legislature. Consider sharing this information with hunting friends, clubs, and other sporting groups.

  • 2014-15 Migratory Game Bird Regulations Available Now pdf format of 2014-15 Waterfowl ABS
– Bag limits and hunting seasions for migratory game birds (woodcock, ducks, geese, snipe, coot, and rails), plus waterfowl hunting zones.

  • Designed for both women and men (18 and older) who are new to deer hunting. In this seminar, participants will learn about deer behavior, what to wear, what gear to bring on a deer hunt, deer management, sighting in a firearm and other useful tips. This is Part 1 of a 2-part workshop. Part 2 is a guided Deer Hunt for adult women. Men and women may sign up for Part 1 (Seminar) and women may sign up for Part 1 and Part 2 (Hunt). No previous hunting experience is required for the seminar. Space fills up quickly, with registration preference for new hunters/first time participants. Click here for the registration materials pdf format of 2014 BOW Deer Hunting Workshop
file size 1MB.