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A new MassFishHunt licensing and harvest reporting system launches December 1, 2021. Learn about new features and how to get started.
11/03/2021
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Media Contact for Improved MassFishHunt coming soon

Marion Larson, MassWildlife

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MassFishHunt, the official licensing and harvest reporting system for Massachusetts, is getting an upgrade. The new system will be live starting December 1, 2021. As always, anglers, hunters, and trappers will be able to buy licenses and permits, report a harvest, and access account information. The new MassFishHunt’s secure, modern platform offers new features designed with the customer in mind. 

What’s changing? 

Setting up your account in the new MassFishHunt is simple. With just a few clicks, you’ll have access to new features, including:  

  • Upgraded log in with email and password to keep your account secure 

  • Linked accounts for families

  • Auto-renew option lets you set it and forget it to keep your licenses up-to-date 

  • Buy-it-again option saves your favorite products for quick checkout 

  • Improved mobile experience 

  • Registration for outdoor skills classes 

As we approach launch day on December 1, we will be adding more information about these new features and tutorials on Mass.gov/NewMassFishHunt

How do customers log in to the new system? 

Starting December 1, you will be able to access the new MassFishHunt system for the first time! IMPORTANT: You will need an email address to log into the new MassFishHunt. Requiring a unique email address and password is an important new feature to keep information safe and secure. If you do not have an email address or do not wish to provide one, you can still buy licenses or report harvests in-person (see question below).

  • Returning customers: If you have purchased a fishing or hunting license in the past, your account information, including customer ID, will automatically transfer to the new system. When you visit the new MassFishHunt site for the first time, you will be prompted to claim your account and add a unique email address and password. Once logged in, you will have access to your order history and any current licenses or permits. You will also be able to purchase new products and report harvests.  

  • New customers: If you've never had a license before, you can easily sign up for a new account by entering some simple information like your name, address, and email.  

How do hunters and trappers report a harvest online? 

  • Before December 1: If you want to report a harvest online before December 1, you will use the existing MassFishHunt system.  
  • Shotgun Deer Season: During the first week of the shotgun deer season (November 29–December 4), all harvested deer must be brought to a physical check station within 48 hours so MassWildlife biologists can collect biological data; online harvest reporting is NOT available during this time. Click here to find a check station near you that is open this fall.  
  • On or after December 1: The new MassFishHunt system will launch on December 1 during hunting season. Your license, permit, and harvest reporting information will transfer seamlessly to the new system. You can simply click “Report a Harvest” and enter your name and existing customer ID to report a harvest without logging in. To get full use of the new MassFishHunt system and purchase licenses online, you will need to claim your account and add an email and password (see question above with log-in instructions). You can claim your online account at any time after the new system launches in December. 

Can customers still buy licenses or report harvests in-person?  

Most licenses, permits, and stamps can be bought online using MassFishHunt with a computer, smartphone, or tablet. If you do not wish to purchase online, you can still visit a MassWildlife office, Division of Marine Fisheries office, or one of many authorized license vendor locations to buy in-person. Click here for a license agent map. If you wish to report your harvest in-person, you can find a check station map here.  

Understanding your bill 

All funds from freshwater fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses go directly into the Inland Fish and Game Fund, which can only be used to support MassWildlife’s programs and services. Depending on where you buy your license, additional transaction fees may apply that are not collected by MassWildlife. Administrative and convenience fees are collected by Kalkomey Enterprises, the company that operates the online MassFishHunt licensing system. Agent fees are collected by license vendors, such as sporting goods stores or town offices.  

  • Is the new system more expensive? Overall transaction fees are decreasing for online customers in the new MassFishHunt system. The existing online system charges an administrative fee of $1.34 per license and 3% convenience fee on the total transaction. The new online system will charge an administrative fee of $1.45 per license and 2% convenience fee on the total transaction. Example: If you bought a sporting license online in 2021, transaction fees were $2.73; this will be lowered to $2.52 in 2022. 
  • License fee increases: Because a license price increase was recently approved for some freshwater fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses, you may notice your overall bill is higher than usual moving forward. Beginning in 2022, the fees for some licenses, permits, and stamps will gradually increase over the next 5 years. After 26 years without a fee increase, these changes were approved to help fund MassWildlife's programs and services. This change in license prices is not caused by the new licensing system. To learn more about how MassWildlife is funded and view the 5-year fee schedule, please visit Mass.gov/Masswildlife-Funding.  

What if customers need help using the new system?  

As we approach launch day on December 1, we will be adding tutorials and updates to make this transition as seamless as possible for all customers on Mass.gov/NewMassFishHunt. Once the new system launches, additional customer support resources will be provided.  

Media Contact for Improved MassFishHunt coming soon

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.
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