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Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MASSWILDLIFE)

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.

New hunting and fishing license fees proposed

For the first time since 1996, MassWildlife is proposing changes to hunting, freshwater fishing, and trapping license fees. In May 2021, MassWildlife released a new license proposal, which incorporates public input on the original February proposal. In the new proposal, most license fee increases will be phased in over five years, and the proposed increases for hunting permits and stamps are lower than originally proposed. Public hearings will be held on June 22, 23, and 24 on Zoom to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the new proposed changes.

View the proposed fees, read FAQs, and learn how to provide feedback 

Contact Us

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Address

MassWildlife Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581

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Building is currently closed to the public; please call for assistance.

Who we serve

Through the effective management of wildlife and habitat, MassWildlife ensures quality outdoor recreational opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the impressive variety of plants, fish, and wildlife found in Massachusetts. Outdoor skills clinics, wildlife education workshops, presentations, and online resources provide all residents with a greater understanding and appreciation for wildlife conservation. Keep in touch with us  sign up to receive monthly e-newsletters.

Recent news & announcements from Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

News

Public hearings scheduled for new proposed fishing and hunting license fees 

6/01/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

For the first time since 1996, MassWildlife is proposing changes to hunting, freshwater fishing, and trapping license fees. Public hearings will be held on June 22, 23, and 24 on the proposed changes.

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MassWildlife: COVID-19 Response 

12/01/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

MassWildlife has adjusted services, events, and operations to protect our employees and Massachusetts residents, and prevent further spread of COVID-19.

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    Habitat management grant application opens mid-July 

    6/01/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Landowners can get technical assistance and Priority Habitat pre-review in advance of the grant application opening.

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    Report wild turkey sightings 

    5/24/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Help MassWildlife monitor wild turkey numbers across the state by reporting the birds you see in your area.

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    Report fish kills 

    5/20/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Call the Massachusetts Environmental Police 1 (800) 632-8075 to report a fish kill. The vast majority of summer fish kills reported are natural events.

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    June 5-6 is Free Fishing Weekend! 

    5/19/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    No license is needed to fish in fresh water the first weekend in June!

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    Celebrate Endangered Species Day 

    5/13/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Endangered Species Day will be observed on May 21. Celebrate by learning more about the peregrine falcon, the fastest bird in the world.

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    Draft Priority Habitat Map of rare species available for public comment 

    5/03/2021 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

    MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program is accepting public comments on its next edition of the Natural Heritage Atlas. The public can comment on draft priority habitat maps for rare, state-listed plants and animals through 7/3.

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