License types and fees

This page contains a list of recreational fishing and hunting license, permit, and stamp types and costs.

Your freshwater fishing, hunting, and trapping license purchases go directly into the Inland Fish and Game Fund, which can only be used to support the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) programs and services. Your saltwater fishing permit purchases go into the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund, which is administered by the Division of Marine Fisheries.

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Freshwater fishing license fees

License Type

Price

Resident Fishing1

$26.00

Resident Minor Fishing (Citizen, Age 15–17)1

FREE

Resident Fishing (Citizen, Age 65–69)1

$13.00

Resident Fishing (Citizen, Age 70 or over)

Or paraplegic, blind, intellectually disabled2

FREE

Non-resident Fishing1

$36.00

Non-resident Minor Fishing (Age 15–17)1

$6.80

Resident Fishing (3-day)1

$10.00

Non-resident Fishing (3-day)1

$20.90

Quabbin Reservoir 1-day Fishing

$5.00

1 Price does not include the $5 "Wildlands Conservation Stamp" added to the first purchase of a resident or non-resident license.
2 Requires pre-approval for first-time applicants or cannot be purchased online; click for more information or contact MassWildlife at (508) 389-6300.

Saltwater fishing permit fees

License Type

Price

Saltwater fishing permit (anglers under 60)

$10.00

Saltwater fishing permit (anglers 60 and over)

FREE

Sporting (combination) license fees

A "sporting" license is a combination hunting and freshwater fishing license.

License Type

Price

Resident Sporting1

$47.00

Resident Sporting (Citizen, Age 65–69)1

$23.50

Resident Sporting (Citizen, Age 70 or over, includes trapping)

FREE

Resident/Non-resident Sporting, Paraplegic2

FREE

1 Price does not include the $5.00 Wildlands Conservation Stamp added to the first purchase of a resident or non-resident license.
2 Requires pre-approval for first-time applicants or cannot be purchased online; click for more information or contact MassWildlife at (508) 389-6300.

Hunting license fees

License Type

Price

Resident Hunting1

$26.00

Resident Minor Hunting (Citizen, Age 15–17)1

$6.50

Resident Hunting (Citizen, Age 65–69)1

$13.00

Resident/Non-resident Hunting, Paraplegic2

FREE

Non-resident (adult/minor) Hunting, Big Game1

$98.00

Non-resident (adult/minor) Hunting, Small Game1

$64.00

1 Price does not include the $5.00 Wildlands Conservation Stamp that is added to the first resident license and all non-resident licenses purchased.
2 Requires pre-approval for first-time applicants or cannot be purchased online; get more information online or contact MassWildlife for instructions at (508) 389-6300.

Trapping license and permit fees

License Type

Price

Resident Trapping1

$32.00

Resident Minor Trapping (Citizen, Age 12–17)1

$6.50

Resident Trapping (Citizen, Age 65–69)1

$16.00

Resident Commercial Shooting Preserve (1-day)1

$6.00

Non-resident Commercial Shooting Preserve (1-day)1

$8.00

Trap Registration2

$8.00

Non-resident Trapping Permit2

$203.00

Resident Fur Buyer Permit2

$33.00

Non-resident Fur Buyer Permit2

$93.00

1 Price does not include the $5.00 Wildlands Conservation Stamp that is added to the first resident license and all non-resident licenses purchased.
2 Requires pre-approval for first-time applicantscontact Bob Arini at Bob.Arini@mass.gov. to apply.

Hunting permit and stamp fees

License Type

Price

Wildlands Stamp, Resident

$5.00

Wildlands Stamp, Non-resident

$5.00

Antlerless Deer Permit (when issued), Resident

$10.00

Antlerless Deer Permit (when issued), Non-resident

$10.00

Archery Deer Season Stamp, Resident

$10.00

Archery Deer Season Stamp, Non-resident

$10.00

Primitive Firearms Deer Season Stamp, Resident

$10.00

Primitive Firearms Deer Season Stamp, Non-resident

$10.00

Bear Permit, Resident

$10.00

Bear Permit, Non-resident

$10.00

Pheasant/Quail Permit, Resident

$4.00

Pheasant/Quail Permit, Non-resident

$6.00

Turkey Permit, Resident

$10.00

Turkey Permit, Non-resident

$10.00

Massachusetts Waterfowl Stamp, Resident

$10.00

Massachusetts Waterfowl Stamp, Non-resident

$10.00

What your license purchases fund

All funds from freshwater fishing, hunting, and trapping license purchases go directly into the Inland Fish and Game Fund, which can only be used to support the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) programs and services. All funds from saltwater fishing permits go into the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund, which is administered by the Division of Marine Fisheries.

Administrative and convenience fees are collected by a third-party vendor that operates MassFishHunt. Agent fees are collected by in-person vendors, such as sporting goods stores or town offices.

  • If you buy online, an administrative fee of $1.45 per license will be charged, plus a 2% convenience fee on the total transaction.
  • If you buy at an in-person vendor, an administrative fee of $1.45 per license will be charged, plus an agent fee of up to $1.50.
  • If you buy at a city or town clerk office, an administrative fee of $1.45 per license will be charged, plus an agent fee of $1.00.
  • There are no additional fees if you buy at offices of MassWildlife or the Division of Marine Fisheries. However, only cash or check payments can be accepted at this time.

License Fee Increases: Beginning in 2022, fees for some licenses, permits, and stamps will gradually increase over the next 5 years, after 26 years without an increase. To learn more about how MassWildlife is funded, and to view the 5-year fee schedule, please visit mass.gov/masswildlife-funding.

Contact

Phone

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Phone

Fax

(617) 626-1509

Address

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