Regulations & Laws

  • Massachusetts Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Guide
    Information about hunting seasons, bag and creel limits and other hunting and fishing laws. MassWildlife office locations, education programs and other useful information are also found here. Also available free of cost at all MassWildlife offices and license vendor locations.
  • Trapping and Furbearer Regulations

    All regulations and laws pertaining to trapping during the furbearer seasons are in this document.

  • Marine (Saltwater) Fishing and Shellfish Regulations

    An external link to the Division of Marine Fisheries, the agency in charge of recreational saltwater fishing and shellfishing regulations.
    Marine (Saltwater) Fishing and Shellfish Regulations

  • Shooting Restrictions in Some Massachusetts Communities

    This lists communities with various bylaws regarding discharge of firearms or hunting. Be advised that this list is not complete nor up-to-date; there is no requirement that municipalities advise MassWildlife of their bylaws. It is best to contact the town directly and ask for the bylaw in writing so that it is clear exactly what is prohibited. Available free at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters or send a self addressed stamped envelope requesting this document.