2014 Deer Season

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife reports that the preliminary deer harvest for 2014 (excluding Quabbin and any data not yet received)  was 11,165, which is close to last year's harvest.
Preliminary harvest by seasons:

  • 4,456 taken in the archery season
  • 4,742 taken during the shotgun season
  • 1,967 taken during the primitive firearms season

A complete harvest summary will be posted in early summer following the annual spring deer management review.

Deer populations are managed according to deer density goals established to maintain healthy deer populations in balance with the environment and people. Goals are set at levels that allow sustainable deer harvest and deer viewing opportunities for hunters and wildlife watchers, and at levels which minimize impacts on property damage, public health issues, and safety.

Deer Harvests in Massachusetts