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.
2018 preliminary deer harvest data
The preliminary statewide deer harvest for 2018 is 14,513 – a new record high. The preliminary harvest figures by season are as follows:
- Youth Deer Hunt Day (Sept. 29): 138
- Paraplegic Deer Hunt (Nov. 1–3): 3
- Archery Season (Zones 1-9: Oct. 15–Nov. 24 and Zones 10-14: Oct 1-Nov. 24): 5,190
- Shotgun Season (Nov. 26–Dec. 8): 6,495
- Primitive Firearms Season (Dec. 10–Dec. 31): 2,687