Participate in the Camp Edwards controlled hunting program
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Each year, sections of Camp Edwards on Joint Base Cape Cod are open to deer hunting in the fall and turkey hunting in the spring. About 11,000 acres of this active military training area are open to hunting. However, access is strictly controlled. You must pre-register to participate in the hunt. Make sure to check in daily to show your credentials and receive a daily permit when hunting on the base.
2020 controlled hunt dates*
- Youth Deer Hunt: Oct. 3, 2020
- Paraplegic Deer Hunt: Oct. 29-31, 2020
- Archery Deer Scouting: Nov. 16 – 17, 2020 (8 a.m. - 12 p.m., check in/out at Range Center)
- Archery Deer Hunt: Nov. 19 – 21, 2020
Archery Hunters will be permitted to take turkeys on the base during this time, however only archery equipment will be permitted.
- Military Deer Hunt: Dec. 5, 2020
- Shotgun Deer Hunt: Dec. 7-1, 2020
- Muzzleloader Deer Hunt: Dec. 17-18, 2020
*COVID-19 INFORMATION: The State of MA must be in Phase 3 or better in order for any fall hunts to take place. If for some reason during the hunting season the State reverts back to Phase 2 or Phase 1, the hunts will be cancelled. Special guidelines will be in place to maintain staff and hunter safety during the hunting programs including:
- Only one hunter will be allowed to enter the check-in building at a time to check in or out (exceptions made for parents/guardians accompanying a minor hunter.
- All hunters must sanitize their hands (sanitizer will be provided) prior to entering the check-in building.
- All hunters must wear a face mask/covering at all times when in the check-in building.
- Hunters must maintain a minimum of 6ft social distancing when waiting in line to enter the check-in building.
- Hunters will be issued one time use daily paper passes for each day that they participate in the hunt and must return to the check-in building in person to check out at the end of the hunting day (you cannot turn in someone else's pass, you must do it in person).
We recognize that the check-in/out process will be slower than normal, however hunters should plan for and realize that there may be delays due to these necessary precautions.
To hunt on the base, you must have a Massachusetts hunting license and complete a pre-registration form every year. You’ll be subject to a background check. Permission to hunt is determined by the base commander.
You must have a firearms identification card or license to carry if you'll be hunting with shotguns or primitive firearms. You must provide a photo ID if you'll be using archery equipment.
How to register Participate in the Camp Edwards controlled hunting program
If you want to participate in both the turkey and deer hunts, you only need to complete 1 pre-registration form. You must pre-register annually.
You can complete the form to register for the Camp Edwards hunt online.
- You must pre-register for the turkey hunt by April 1.
- You much pre-register for the deer hunt by October 31.
Mail or deliver completed Camp Edwards hunt registration forms to:
MassWildlife’s Southeast District Office
Camp Edwards Controlled Hunt
195 Bournedale Road
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
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- There is a limit of 500 hunters allowed on the base at any time. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Hunters must comply with state hunting laws and regulations, including the blaze orange requirement for firearms deer seasons.
- The hunter check-in station opens at 5 a.m. for deer hunts and 4:30 a.m. for turkey hunts.
- You must enter the base from the Route 28 (General MacArthur Boulevard) rotary. Follow signs on Connery Avenue to access the check-in station.
- During check-in, your identification, licenses, stamps, and FID or LTC cards (if applicable) will be checked. You will also be asked to complete a liability form.
- You’ll also receive information about hunting on the base during check-in.
- After successfully completing the check-in process, you’ll be given a 1 day hunting permit and vehicle access permit.
- You must return these permits no later than ½ hour after the end of legal hunting hours.
- Successful hunters must report their harvest at the check-in station.
- Failure to comply with all rules and regulations will result in the loss of hunting privileges.