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A public hearing will be held on Friday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom to establish rules and regulations relative to the 2021–2022 migratory game bird hunting seasons.
4/05/2021
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Media Contact for Public Hearing: 2021–2022 Migratory Game Bird Regulations

Marion Larson, MassWildlife

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A public hearing will be held on Friday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m. to establish rules and regulations relative to the 2021–2022 migratory game bird hunting seasons. This public hearing will be held virtually via Zoom (scroll down for instructions to join).  

Due to the migratory game bird season filing requirements of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Fisheries and Wildlife Board must vote to finalize and approve the 2021–2022 migratory bird seasons at the close of the hearing. Therefore, please note: There will be no written comment period after this public hearing. Written comments may be submitted prior to the hearing via email to susan.sacco@mass.gov, Subject: Fisheries and Wildlife Board, or via the U.S.P.S. to the Fisheries and Wildlife Board, MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581. 

The full proposed rules and regulations are posted below so that interested persons can review them and provide written comments prior to the hearing and oral comments during the public-comment portion of the hearing. Here is a summary of the proposed changes: 

  • Woodcock Season: October 7 through November 27  

  • Youth and Veteran’s Waterfowl Hunts: September 25 and October 9  

  • Early Goose Season: September 7 through September 24  

  • Regular Goose Season 

    • Berkshire Zone: October 12 through November 13  

    • Central Zone: October 11 through November 27 and December 13 through January 1  

    • Coastal Zone: October 16 through October 23 and November 23 through January 22  

  • Duck Season  

    • Berkshire Zone: October 12 through November 27 and December 6 through December 27  

    • Central Zone: same as Regular Goose Season 

    • Coastal Zone: same as Regular Goose Season 

Full text of proposed rules and regulations: DFW - Final Draft - 2021-2022 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations

Instructions to Join the Public Hearing via Zoom 

The hearing, which will begin at 9:30 a.m., will be held in the same webinar as the April monthly business meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board (begins at 9 a.m.; meeting notice). Attendees can enter and exit the webinar at any time and all attendees will be given the opportunity to ask clarifying questions and/or make oral comments during the hearing if they wish. Click here to join the Zoom session using your computer, tablet, or smartphone by clicking this link with Passcode Nf493y, or you can join by phone by calling 1-929-205-6099 and entering the Webinar ID: 824 8045 8458 and Passcode: 532851 when prompted.

 
 

Media Contact for Public Hearing: 2021–2022 Migratory Game Bird Regulations

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

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