New Regulations as of 2015:
- Black Bears may now be hunted throughout Massachusetts and during shotgun deer season. Read more about bear hunting.
- A youth deer hunt day in Massachusetts has been established for hunters aged 12 to 17 and will take place on the 4th Saturday following Labor Day. Read more about youth deer hunt day.
- 2016 Guide to Hunting, Freshwater Fishing, & Trapping is now available.
- Seasons Summary 2016 - A convenient summary of the hunting, fishing and trapping season dates for the year.
- 2016-2017 Migratory Game Bird Regulations file size 1MB This publication contains the hunting seasons and bag limits for migratory game birds (woodcock, ducks, geese, snipe, coot, and rails). These regulations are set annually by the Fisheries and Wildlife Board.
Other Information of Interest to Hunters, Anglers & Trappers
- Who Needs a License to Fish, Hunt, and Trap in Massachusetts? View answers to FAQs on who needs a license and how to purchase one.
- Certain Lead Jigs and Sinkers Prohibited in Fresh Water - The use of any lead fishing sinkers and lead jigs weighing less than 1 ounce is now prohibited in all inland waters of the Commonwealth.
- Plain Language Summaries - A series of clearly written summaries of the hunting and trapping laws, outlining season dates, bag limits, legal implements, hunting hours, restrictions and other important information.
- Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) – These state wildlife lands are owned and managed by MassWildlife and are open to public recreation including fishing, hunting, and trapping. Hunters should note that WMAs may have differences in hunting hours, blaze orange, and allowable hunting implements. For other outdoor users, note restrictions related to certain activities on these properties.
- Landowner Liability - Any landowner permitting use of his or her property for recreation without charging a fee is not liable for injuries to recreational users or their property except in cases of willful, wanton or reckless conduct by the owner. (M.G.L. Ch. 21,S 17C.) This is an external link to the actual statute language.