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Deer harvest data

Review the recent white-tailed deer harvest data before heading out to hunt.

Overview

Though Massachusetts is the 3rd most densely populated state in the country, it is a state where quality deer can be found anywhere. MassWildlife biologists estimate that there are over 100,000 deer statewide. Estimated densities range from about 12-18 per square mile in western and central Massachusetts to over 50 deer per square mile on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Islands, and certain areas of eastern MA where hunting access is restricted.

2017 preliminary harvest data

The preliminary statewide deer harvest for 2017 is 13,220 – a new record high. Archery and primitive firearms seasons also saw record harvests.

2017 harvest by season

 

Antlered deer

Antlerless deer

Total

Youth

50

59

109

Para

2

2

4

Archery

3442

1749

5191

Shotgun

3004

2158

5162

Primitive

1207

1547

2754

Total

7705

5515

13220

 
2017 harvest by Wildlife Management Zone

Zone

Adult Male

Female

Button Buck

Total

1

249

59

8

316

2

493

48

6

547

3

439

121

17

577

4N

425

95

19

539

4S

302

37

5

344

5

479

179

28

686

6

118

39

6

163

7

422

245

42

709

8

647

282

37

966

9

730

353

66

1,149

10

1,227

1,075

249

2,551

11

1,662

1,043

267

2,972

12

159

74

16

249

13

319

365

110

794

14

244

309

105

658

Statewide

7,915

4,324

981

13,220

MassWildlife manages deer numbers in the state with regulated hunting using 15 Wildlife Management Zones. The goal is to keep deer numbers below the level where major impacts to the habitat occur, but in balance with social tolerance. The MassWildlife Board oversees changes to hunting season, bag limits, and deer permit numbers. A complete harvest summary will be posted on this page in June.

Additional Resources for 2017 preliminary harvest data

Historic deer harvest

total statewide deer harvest over time

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