Buy your hunting license

You need a license to hunt in Massachusetts if you are age 15 or older. You may need other permits or stamps depending on what and when you wish to hunt.
All hunting licenses expire at the end of the calendar year

Contact

MassWildlife

The Details

What you need

You need to have successfully completed a Basic Hunter Education course in any US state, Canada, or Mexico.

You do not need proof of course completion. If purchasing your license online, you will be prompted to use an electronic affidavit (check a box) to affirm one of the following:

  • I have held a hunting or sporting license prior to January 1, 2007.
  • I have successfully completed a Basic Hunter Education course.

If purchasing a license from a vendor or from a MassWildlife office, you will be asked to verbally state (verbal affidavit) whether you have held a hunting or sporting license prior to 2007 or if you have ever successfully completed a Basic Hunter Education course. This affidavit is a declaration, under the pains and penalties of perjury, of eligibility to hold a hunting or sporting license.

How to buy

Use the  MassFishHunt system to buy your license online. If you use a smartphone to buy your fishing license, you can download and display it on your phone rather than printing a copy.

You can buy your hunting license in person at license agent locations, which include:

  • Select retail stores — Most accept cash, checks, and credit cards.
  • MassWidlife offices — Only accept cash or checks.

Find a license vendor

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License display

You must have your license along with any required permits and stamps while hunting. You can either show a paper copy or display a true, complete, and legible image of your license on your smartphone. You must still comply with all tagging requirements. If a tag is required, as it is for hunting deer, bear, and turkey, hunters must carry a paper copy of the tag attached to the appropriate documentation (i.e. license or permit).

Who needs a license?

If you are age 15 or older, you need a hunting license. The minimum age for hunting in Massachusetts is 12. Those who are 12-14 may hunt only when accompanied by a licensed hunter 18 years or older, provided that a single bag limit is shared and a single firearm/bow is shared between the two people. Only one minor per adult is permitted.

Residents with disabilities

If you are blind, have an intellectual disability, or have paraplegia and are applying for a license for the first time, you must:

               Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
               ATTN: Licensing
               251 Causeway St.
               Suite 400
               Boston, MA 02114

Your license will be mailed to you. After you've applied the first time, you’ll be able to renew and print your license online without submitting another form.

Contact

Address

1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581

Phone

8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., M-F

Fax

(508) 389-7890

Phone

For assistance using MassFishHunt or for questions regarding payment, call: (888) 773-8450

Available M-F 8am-7pm (EST), Sat 8am-5pm

Online

For assistance using MassFishHunt or for questions regarding payment, email:: mahfwebmaster@als-xtn.com

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