Online Game Check Available During Spring Turkey Season
Wild turkey hunting season opens in Massachusetts on April 29, concluding on May 25, 2013. The 2012 spring turkey season marks the first time game can be checked in online instead of at a physical game check station! More information about checking your turkey online can be found in the 2013 Guide to Hunting, Fishing and Trapping on pages 8-11 or at the e-regulations web link.
Turkey hunters will still have the option of bringing their bird to a traditional game check station. Updated list of game check stations .
Please Don't Feed The Bears
If you feed birds and live in northern Middlesex County, Worcester County, or western Massachusetts or other areas where bears have been spotted, it's time to remove bird feeders as black bears are beginning to emerge from hibernation.
Warm temperatures and longer day length are already encouraging adult male bears to leave their winter dens and seek food.
In many cases, bears will ignore natural foods such as skunk cabbage and instead head to the nearest bird feeder for a good meal.
To avoid this problem, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is asking that property owners be proactive by removing bird feeders and other potential foods promptly and taking other preventative measures. "If food such as bird seed, pet food, unsecured trash and dumpsters are easy for bears to find, conflicts can occur that pose hazards to both bears and people." says Laura Conlee, DFW Wildlife Biologist.
Removing bird feeders will not create a problem for birds as feeding stations are a supplement to the natural foods available throughout the winter. Tips on Preventing Bear Problems .
Turkey Hunting on Cape Cod National Seashore
The 2013 National Seashore turkey hunting season will run the first three weeks of the Massachusetts 4-week turkey season, from April 29 - May 18, 2013. A National Seashore turkey hunting permit will be required (through a lottery) at no cost in addition to a MA hunting/sporting license and MA turkey permit. More details .
Groundbreaking for New Field Headquarters with Governor
On Wednesday, December 19, 2012 about 100 people joined Governor Deval Patrick, EEA Secretary Richard Sullivan, DFG Commissioner Mary Griffin, DFW Director Wayne MacCallum, members of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board and other state officials for a groundbreaking event ceremony for the new DFW Westborough Field Headquarters on North Drive in Westborough. Press release from Governor's Office .
MassWildlife's Field Headquarters Moved to a Temporary Home in West Boylston
As of September 10, 2012, the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters staff located to temporary office space for approximately two years at 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA, 01583 while a new Field Headquarters building is constructed at the existing site. Contact phone numbers and emails for Field Headquarters staff have not changed.
At some point this year (2012), hunters, hikers, and other users of the Westborough Wildlife Management Area will no longer be able to access the WMA from the old Field HQ hill as it will be an active construction site. The parking lot located off Milk Street (Rte. 135) has been enlarged and improved for access in anticipation of the building construction. Access is also still available from the Fisherman's Access off Oak Street and the access point at Little Chauncy Pond on Lyman Street, both in Westborough.