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Fishing, Hunting or Sporting Licenses

Find information about saltwater and freshwater fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses, permits, and stamps. Also, information on the new online licensing system - MassFishHunt - and how and where to buy a license.

  • Antlerless Deer Permit Instant Award Period is August 1 - December 31. Hunters who applied for an Antlerless Deer Permit by the July 16th deadline must return to the MassFishHunt system to try to win a permit. Click here for full instructions.
  • Youth Hunting Story Contest: Youth hunters who participated in the 2015 Youth Deer Hunt are invited to submit their story for a chance to be published in Massachusetts Wildlife magazine. Deadline is Aug.31. Click here for contest details.
  • September 18: Sandwich Fish Hatchery Tour, 10:00 - 2:00. Click here for more information.
  • September 22: MassWildlife Hatchery History. Shortly after its founding 150 years ago, MassWildlife began rearing and stocking fish. Learn about the fascinating history of the agency’s longest running program, view historical photos and artifacts, and more! Click here for more about this free lecture in Westborough.
  •  Warmer weather can lead to fish kills, caused by low oxygen levels. Report fish kills to the Environmental Police at 1 (800) 632-8075. Click here to learn more about fish kills.
  • What should you do if you find young wildlife? Get the answers here.
  • 2016-2017 Migratory Bird Regulations are now available.
  • Looking for information about the endangered Timber Rattlesnake conservation plan? Get the facts here.

Are you looking for a place to drop your line, set your tip-up, or cast a fly in freshwater? Do you need information about freshwater fishing licenses, regulations, or publications?

  • Frequently Asked Questions pdf format of Fishing FAQs
about Fishing in Massachusetts
  • Seasons Summary 2016  pdf format of Seasons Summary 2016
- A convenient summary of the hunting, fishing and trapping season dates for the year.
  • – Find out who needs a license to hunt and fish in Massachusetts, and learn about license types and fees.
  • MassFishHunt Licensing Information – Learn more about the online licensing system.
  • Hunting and Freshwater Fishing Laws – Specific information on hunting, freshwater fishing and trapping season dates, laws and other related information.
  • Pond Maps – Find maps of ponds and lakes that provide angler access.
  • Trout Stocking Information – A listing of trout stocked waters for the spring and fall.
  • Fishing Opportunities – Find information about catch and release areas, barrier free fishing, boat ramp access, Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoir access, and more.
  • Best Bets For Fishing – See lists of waterbodies where trophy-sized fish have been caught throughout the state.
  • Angler Education Program – New to fishing? Take part in family fishing festivals or fishing clinics! Groups can borrow fishing gear through a loaner program to help people of all ages learn to fish or to improve their skills.
  • Fishing and Boating Access Sites – Links to boat launch areas, boat ramps, designated fishing areas, and piers through the Office of Fishing & Boating Access.
  • Catch and Release Fishing Areas – Find the catch and release areas in your district or across the state.
  • Freshwater Sport Fishing Awards Program – This program recognizes the adult and youth anglers who catch fish of a minimum size in 22 species categories. Learn about past winners and how to participate in the competition!
  • Saltwater Fishing Derby – The saltwater fishing competition conducted by the Division of Marine Fisheries.
  • Barrier Free Fishing – A listing of state-wide facilities that provide accessible fishing opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Loons, Lead Sinkers and Jigs – To protect loons, be aware that the use of certain lead sinkers and jigs is illegal; find more information including companies and shops that sell lead-free equipment.

Bass Tournament Directors; Biologists Need Your Tournament Info!

Help MassWildlife collect information on trophy bass by submitting a bass creel survey form . The information generated from bass tournaments helps add to biologists understanding of bass populations in waters across the Commonwealth. Data such as how long it takes to catch a bass, average weight, and the number of trophy bass landed allows MassWildlife fisheries biologists to track trends in individual waters across the state. A copy of the data you submit will be sent to your e-mail address as your confirmation.

If you prefer to report your Creel Survey in paper format, please download the bass creel survey pdf format of bass_creel_survey.pdf
and mail or fax it to the DFW Field Headquarters address on the bottom of the form.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Freshwater Fish Consumption Advisories 

An external link to the Dept. of Public Health. Advisories are posted on consumption of specific types of fish from specific water bodies for certain groups of people.

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Checking or Reporting Your Game

Online Game Check  -- Beginning in 2013, hunters may report “or check” their deer, bear, turkey and most furbearers online.  Bobcat and otter must be checked at a traditional furbearer check stationNOTE: You must complete this process BEFORE processing your game for the table, freezer or taxidermist.

To start the online checking process log in to: MassFishHunt


Detailed Online Game Check

Remember, You must login to MassFishHunt with your Customer ID in order to check your game online.

Detailed information and steps to take when checking different game online:

Game Check Stations

Effectiveness of Blaze Orange (video) - This short (5-minute) safety video from Kalkomey provides tips and about how wearing the right amount and kind of blaze orange can keep you safe in the field. It's useful for any outdoor user who is in the woods and fields during hunting seasons.