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Hunting on State Forests, Reservations and Park Lands

Check the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) link that details state forests, reservations and parks open to hunting in the Bay State. Hunting is permitted in most state forests and parks. This link is a listing of many of the state parks and forests open to regulated hunting. You must contact the Forest and Parks phone number listed for that property to learn about any specific restrictions.


Hunting on DCR Wachusett Watershed Lands

Hunting is allowed on designated DCR Wachusett Watershed Lands in central Massachusetts by permit. Permit applications and a map of open lands for hunting may be obtained and dropped off at the DCR office in West Boylston. Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Water Supply Protection, Office of Watershed Management, 180 Beaman Street West Boylston, MA 01583. Permits will be mailed to hunters. There is no fee for the permit and the permit is valid for 5 years. Hunting Permit applications are available.


Archery Hunting at Templeton Development Center, Templeton

(Fall only) - The Department of Mental Retardation (DMR), Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) have worked together to provide a fall bowhunting-only opportunity for turkey and deer at DMR's Templeton Developmental Center (TDC). Through legislation and a Memorandum of Agreement between DMR and DCR, a Cooperative Management Plan for TDC property has been developed delegating certain land management responsibilities to DCR while ensuring the well-being and rights of TDC residents. Property beyond the TDC campus and agricultural fields, and otherwise not utilized by TDC residents, is being managed cooperatively to benefit both natural resources and the public. The hunting activity being permitted is also designed to address high deer and turkey densities and the related agricultural damage these species have caused.


Camp Edwards (Massachusetts Military Reservation/Otis Air Force Base) Controlled Deer and Turkey Hunts on Cape Cod

Youth Turkey Hunt: April 26, 2014
Camp Edwards will be open for youth hunters who have successfully completed MassWildlife’s Young Adult Turkey Hunting Program through a participating sportsmen’s club.  To learn more about the program or find a participating club near you, go to: mass.gov/dfw/yath  

Turkey Hunt Dates: May 19th – 23rd, 2014
Turkey hunters are NOT required to pre-register or fill out any special forms. Hunters wishing to participate must check in at the Otis Fish & Game Club (directions below) each day and receive a daily hunting permit.
In order to participate in the hunt, hunters must provide:

  • A valid hunting or sporting license,
  • FID or LTC card,
  • Valid Turkey Permit.

The Otis Fish and Game Club will open at 4:30 a.m. daily for the turkey hunt.


Camp Edwards (Joint Base Cape Cod) Controlled Deer and Turkey Hunts on Cape Cod

Controlled Deer Hunt Information

Hunters who have pre-registered for and/or participated in the controlled deer hunting program at Camp Edwards within the previous five calendar years (2009-2013) are not required to fill out and submit a pre-registration form to participate in the hunt.
Hunters who have not participated in the hunt during the past 5 calendar years must submit a pre-registration pdf format of 2014 Camp Edwards Controlled Hunt Registration Form
form and send it to the MassWildlife Southeast District Office by November 1, 2014.

DRAFT – 2014 Deer Hunting Dates
NOTE:  Controlled deer hunting dates (other than paraplegic and shotgun dates, which are pre-approved) will be finalized in late-August. Check the MassWildlife website in early September for final approved dates. 

Paraplegic: Oct 30 (Thur.) – Nov. 1 (Sat.)
Archery: Nov. 13 (Thur.) - Nov. 15 (Sat.)
Military: Dec. 2 (Tues.) – Dec 3 (Wed.) (active, retired and Veteran service members)
Shotgun: Dec. 8 (Mon.) - Dec. 13 (Sat.)
Muzzleloader: Dec. 19 (Fri.) - Dec. 20 (Sat.)

There is a limit of 500 hunters allowed on the base at any one time and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Deer hunters are reminded that a valid Firearms Identification Card or License to Carry is required by MMR to hunt Camp Edwards/Otis during the shotgun and muzzleloader seasons. A valid photo ID is required for the archery season. Specific details about the hunt are found on the registration form. Permission to hunt at Camp Edwards is at the discretion of the Base Commander.
For further information, contact the MassWildlife Southeast District Office at (508) 759-3406.

Attention all prospective Camp Edwards hunters.
Please review the following brief presentation on Unexploded Ordnance (UXO's) and your safety. Portions of the hunting area at Camp Edwards may contain UXO's from former military training operations. This presentation will help you learn how to identify UXO's and explain the proper procedures for keeping yourself and friends safe.

Directions to Camp Edwards Check In Station:
From the north:  Cross the Cape Cod Canal at the Bourne Bridge and follow Route 28 (General MacArthur Blvd) south to the Joint Base Cape Cod Rotary.  Take the third exit off the Rotary onto Connery Avenue and follow signs to the check in station.


Quabbin Deer Hunt Application & Information

Applications are available at Quabbin and DFW offices after July 1 each year as well as on the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) web page. DCR Water Supply Division staff reminds prospective applicants that regardless of the type of firearm used, all applicants must have a valid FID card to be eligible to apply for this hunting opportunity. Deadline for submission of applications is August 16. Call the Quabbin Visitor's Center at (413) 323-7221 for more information.


Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Application Website for Hunting Permit Applications - Limited hunting permits are available for hunting the Oxbow, Assabet, and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuges. The application period for the 2009-2010 hunting season opened on July 1 and will close at 4pm on July 31, 2009. A new permitting process is in place. Please pay close attention to these changes. If you have any questions BEFORE sending in your application, call the Refuge Headquarters in Sudbury at 978-443-4661.

Hard copies of applications are also available at the refuge kiosks, and the refuge headquarters located at 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury, MA on Monday thru Friday between 8am – 4pm. The US Fish and Wildlife Service strongly recommends applying on-line and will not mailing application to prospective hunters.

Information on where hunting is allowed, hunt regulations and maps

Eastern MA NWR Complex Website

Young Adult Pheasant Hunt Program

The Young Adult Pheasant Hunt Program was developed to:

  • provide interested young adults with an opportunity to practice skills (learned in the Hunter Education course) in a program that includes shotgun shooting, pre-hunt field practicum and culminating in a pheasant hunt while supervised by responsible, licensed adult hunters in an enjoyable environment.
  • provide local sporting clubs who want to pass on the traditions of hunting and the great outdoors with tools and guidance in implementing a successful young adult hunting experience.

Young Adult Turkey Hunt Program

The Young Adult Turkey Hunt Program was developed to:

  • provide interested young adults with an opportunity to practice skills (learned in the Hunter Education course) in a program that includes shotgun shooting, pre-hunt field practicum and culminating in a turkey hunt while supervised by responsible, licensed adult hunters in an enjoyable environment.
  • provide local sporting clubs who want to pass on the traditions of hunting and the great outdoors with tools and guidance in implementing a successful young adult hunting experience.

Becoming an Outdoorswoman Program (BOW)

The Becoming and Outdoorswoman Program offers shooting skills workshops, hunting seminars and hunts designed for adult women who are novice hunters. Check the workshop schedule for hunting skills related sessions scheduled throughout the year.


Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp

Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp is a two-week overnight outdoor skills camp for teens 13-17 who are interested in the outdoors. Shooting sports are a big part of the curriculum with teens learning to shoot handguns, shotguns, rifles as well as bows and arrows and muzzleloaders.


Shooting Range Development, Enhancement and Public Access

A listing of sporting clubs providing public access to shooting ranges through a grant program funded by MassWildlife's Hunter Education Program .


Paraplegic Season for Deer Hunters

MassWildlife has been offering a Special Deer Hunt for Paraplegic Hunters since 1972. MassWildlife staff work with volunteers to help place hunters in four different hunt locations throughout the state.