News Special deer hunts a success

Each year, MassWildlife provides opportunities for the sporting community to enjoy nature, harvest game meat, and support conservation through regulated hunting.
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MassWildlife’s 2022 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Deer Hunt, Deer Hunt for Paraplegic Hunters, and Youth Deer Hunt Day have concluded. Congratulations to all hunters  who participated and thank you to the many volunteers and mentors who made these programs successful! Read more about each of the hunting opportunities below.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman mentored deer hunt 

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MassWildlife’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Program offers shooting skills workshops, hunting seminars, and other outdoor skills classes and activities designed for adult women. This fall, MassWildlife offered a deer hunting seminar and a mentored hunt for women who are new to deer hunting. During the seminars, students learned about the lives and habits of white-tailed deer, deer hunting regulations, equipment, and safety, and practiced new skills like shooting, scouting, and recovery. 15 women participated in the mentored deer hunt at the Fort Devens Military Area in Lancaster on opening day of shotgun deer season (November 28, 2022), and 2 women harvested deer. 

“I had an amazing time with the BOW program!,” said Marilyn Patterson, 2022 BOW Program participant. “If there are any females out there that are interested in learning to hunt, I highly recommend it! Thank you Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife!”  

MassWildlife is grateful for the many volunteers and mentors who make the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program possible. To learn more about BOW and sign up to be notified of future workshops, please click here.

Deer hunt for paraplegic hunters

Each year, volunteers come together to help paraplegic deer hunters during a special 3-day season. This year’s hunt was held November 3–5. The 2022 hunt was a success with 14 hunters, including two hunters who were new to the program, participating. Hunts took place in the northern and southern Berkshires site, near the Quabbin Reservoir, at Fort Devens, and at Joint Base Cape Cod. All hunters saw deer and 7 deer were harvested.

As always, this hunt would not be possible without support from a group of dedicated volunteers. This year, the hunt was supported by: 13 MassWildlife staff, 2 MA Environmental Police officers, 8 staff from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, 7 private landowners, and 23 other volunteers. Please click here to learn more about the deer hunt for paraplegic hunters.

Youth Deer Hunt Day

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MassWildlife created this special hunt day to allow young hunters ages 12–14 to hunt using their own permit. The Youth Deer Hunt Day is held on the fourth Saturday following Labor Day, prior to the opening of other Massachusetts deer seasons. 
This year’s hunt took place on October 1. Though some data is still coming in, the preliminary harvest total for the 2022 hunt is 110. This is up from 79 in 2021 and below the 2020 season when 129 were taken.

Next year’s Youth Deer Hunt Day will be held on September 30. Click here to find out more about rules and licensing requirements for the hunt.

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