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Q: Where can I buy a fresh water fishing (or hunting) License?
Q: Where can I get maps of ponds showing depth contours?
Q: When do the various hunting seasons begin and end?
Q: How can I find out about what streams and ponds are stocked and when?
Q: Are all public access sites open to the general public?
Q: Where can I sign up for a Hunter Education course?
Q: Where can I sign up for a boating safety course?
Q: Where can I get my boat registered?
Q: How can I find out about certifying a vernal pool?
Q: I am a consultant working on a project and need to know about environmental review procedures for rare and endangered species.
Q: Who do I see about getting a job with the Department or one of its agencies?
 

Q: Where can I buy a fresh water fishing (or hunting) License?

A: Hunting and fishing licenses are being sold through online through the MassFishHunt system . In addition, check out MassWildlife's License Vendor Map for information regarding walk-in locations where you can buy these licenses.

Q: Where can I get maps of ponds showing depth contours?

A: DFW Pond Maps have been scanned from the original hard copy maps distributed by MassWildlife. Their singular feature is that they show depth contours for each pond, a feature in great demand by persons planning to fish in those ponds. 

Q: When do the various hunting seasons begin and end?

A: MassWildlife posts a quick reference guide pdf format of Seasons Summary 2014
that shows seasons, bag limits, sunrise-sunset table, and contact information for the Division and the Environmental Police.

Q: How can I find out about what streams and ponds are stocked and when?

Trout Stocked Waters

Q: Are all public access sites open to the general public?

Boat and canoe access facilities in Massachusetts are built and maintained by a variety of different government and private organizations. All boating access facilities overseen by the Department of Fish and Game's Office of Fishing and Boating Access (FBA) are open to the public on equal terms. The vast majority of the FBA sites (more than 200 statewide) are open free of charge; however, a small number of facilities have been authorized to charge a reasonable user fee to recover the costs of general maintenance, clean up, and policing.

Town facilities or those built and maintained by a lake association or other private group can restrict use to town residents only or an organization's members, or charge higher fees to non-residents or non-members. All facilities constructed with FBA funds, whether they are on town property or state properties such as a state park or a wildlife management area, must be open to the public on equal terms.

Q: Where can I sign up for a Hunter Education course?

A:  Visit the Hunter Education Course Schedules  or call Hunter Education (a branch of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in cooperation with the Division of Law Enforcement) at 508-792-7434 or 617-727-3623

Q: Where can I sign up for a boating safety course?

A: Boat Massachusetts Course Information

Q: Where can I get my boat, atv or snowmobile registered?

A: The Boat, OHV and Snowmobile Registration Bureau is responsible for registering motorboats, snowmobiles, and recreation vehicles in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  They have five conveniently located registration offices to serve our customers throughout the state. 

Q: How can I find out about certifying a vernal pool?

A:Vernal Pool Certification

Q: I am a consultant working on a project and need to know about environmental review procedures for rare and endangered species.

A: Regulatory Review

Q: Who do I see about getting a job with the Department or one of its agencies?

A: Departmental and Division employment opportunities are posted on CEO, Commonwealth Employment Opportunities web site. You should first visit the Department's Human Resources page.

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