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.
During March and April, 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. Click here to see a brief summary of the 2012 survey . Click here for answers to common questions from the 2012 survey .Click here to view the preliminary deer harvest summary.
- Freshwater Fishing and Hunting License Information --Find out who needs a license to hunt and fish in Massachusetts, and learn about license types and fees.
- Hunting & Freshwater Fishing Laws – See information on hunting, freshwater fishing and trapping season dates, laws, and other related information.
- Seasons Summary 2015 - A convenient summary of the hunting, fishing and trapping season dates for the year.
- Hunting Permits – Find out how to obtain Antlerless Deer, Black Bear, and Wild Turkey permits via the internet or a license vendor.
- Hunting Stamps – These electronic “stamps” are required for hunting waterfowl and migratory game birds as well as for hunters participating in archery and black powder deer hunting seasons.
- Hunter Education – Offerings included Basic Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Trapper Education as well as other hunting related courses.
- HIP Registration for Waterfowl and Woodcock Hunters – All migratory game bird hunters must register with the Harvest Information Program each calendar year.
- Hunting Harvests – Access an archive of Deer, Bear, and Turkey harvest totals.
- Where To Hunt – DFW Wildlife Lands not only provide habitat for wildlife, they provide people a place to hunt, fish, trap, or otherwise experience nature.
- Hunting & Shooting Opportunities – Find out about hunting on other properties including state forests and parks, Camp Edwards, and Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about hunting opportunities for youth, women, and hunters with parapalegia.
- Game Animals – Learn more about big and small game hunting in Massachusetts.
- Laws & Regulations – This comprehensive page provides information on laws regarding hunting, fishing, and trapping seasons, endangered species, wildlife lands and other wildlife related laws.
- Ask MassWildlife: Common hunting questions answered
Checking or Reporting Your Game
Online Game Check -- Beginning in 2013, hunters may report “or check” their deer, bear, turkey and most furbearers online. Bobcat and otter must be checked at a traditional furbearer check station. NOTE: You must complete this process BEFORE processing your game for the table, freezer or taxidermist.
To start the online checking process log in to: MassFishHunt
Detailed Online Game Check
Remember, You must login to MassFishHunt with your Customer ID in order to check your game online.
Detailed information and steps to take when checking different game online:
- Guide to Furbearer Hunting/Salvage Check file size 1MB - Use this guide to help check coyote and fox taken/salvaged under your hunting license
- Guide to Furbearer Trapping/Salvage Check file size 1MB - Use this guide to help check beaver, coyote, fisher, fox, and mink taken/salvaged under your trapping license
Game Check Stations
- Map and lists of deer, bear, turkey, and coyote check stations -- Updated annually prior to the seasons.