2014 Deer Season

11,271 deer were harvested in Massachusetts during the 2014 hunting seasons.
Harvest by season:

  • 4,457 taken in the archery season
  • 4,714 taken during the shotgun season
  • 1,989 taken during the primitive firearms season

MassWildlife uses regulated hunting during three distinct hunting seasons (archery, shotgun, and primitive) to manage deer numbers across the state, with a goal to keep deer numbers below the level where major impacts are seen to the habitat, but in balance with social desires/tolerance.The deer population is managed using 15 Wildlife Management Zones. The Fisheries and Wildlife Board oversees any changes to hunting seasons, bag limits, and antlerless deer permit numbers, which are set annually to achieve goals.

Deer Harvests in Massachusetts