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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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  • 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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    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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    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

  • Surplus Antlerless Deer Permits will be available:
    Zone 11 permits ARE SOLD OUT
    Zone 10 permits ARE SOLD OUT
    Zone 13 & 14 permits will go on sale  October 8, 2015 at 8 A.M.
    Once on sale, permits will remain available until sold out in each Wildlife Management Zone..
  • NEW: 2015-16 Migratory Bird Regulations are now available. pdf format of 2015-16 Waterfowl ABS
  • NEW: Black Bear hunting is now permitted statewide and during the Shotgun Deer Season. Special restrictions apply. Click here to learn more.
  • Antlerless Deer Permit Instant Award Period begins August 1 -- 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. Click here to view Antlerless Deer Permit details.
  • 2015 Season Summaries - A convenient summary of the hunting, fishing and trapping season dates for the year.
  • 2015 Licenses are available for purchase. View an electronic version of the 2015 Guide to Hunting, Freshwater Fishing, & Trapping (Abstracts).