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Youth Deer Hunt Day: Sept. 30Paraplegic Hunt:Nov. 2 - Nov. 4
Archery Season: Oct. 16 - Nov. 25
Shotgun Season: Nov. 27 - Dec. 9
Primitive Firearms Season: Dec. 11 - Dec. 30
All dates inclusive. Hunting is prohibited on Sundays.
Archery Deer Hunting Season Log
Bowhunters in Massachusetts keep a daily log of their hunting activities and observations of wildlife during the archery deer season. Because archery hunters are usually very stealthy and camouflaged, they are uniquely suited to track valuable observations of wildlife including deer, wild turkey, black bear, and other species not commonly observed.
Hunting hours begin ½ hour before sunrise and end ½ hour after sunset. (Except on WMAs stocked with pheasant or quail during the pheasant or quail season, hunting hours are sunrise to sunset.)
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To hunt white-tailed deer in Massachusetts you must have the appropriate license, permits, and stamps which you can buy through MassFishHunt.
Youth ages 15-17:
Note: Youth Deer Hunt Day permits allow for 1 deer to be harvested.
There is no daily limit. If you have unused antlered tags or antlerless permits, you may continue hunting after reporting your harvest.
*stamp required to hunt during these seasons
Shotgun: Allowed only during the shotgun season. Shotgun, including shotguns with a rifled bore, not larger than 10 gauge (i.e., 12 or 20 gauge is legal). Slugs or buckshot only.
Archery Equipment: Archery equipment may be used during the archery season, shotgun season, and primitive firearms season. Arrows must have a well sharpened steel broadhead blade not less than 7/8 inches in width. Expanding broadheads are legal. All bows must have a draw weight of at least 40lbs at 28 inches or at peak draw. Poisoned arrows, explosive tips, and bows drawn by mechanical means are prohibited. Crossbows may be used by certain permanently disabled persons by permit only.
Muzzleloader: .44 to .775 caliber, barrel length at least 18 inches, fired from the shoulder, using a single projectile. Inline ignition systems are legal providing the projectile loads from the muzzle. Allowed during the shotgun season and primitive firearms season.
Handgun: Handguns are not allowed for deer hunting and may not be in your possession while deer hunting.
It is illegal to hunt deer using:
This page is to be used as a reference, it is not the complete law and is subject to change. Refer to the Deer Hunting regulations in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, 321 CMR 3.02(4), as well as to several provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131 for more information about deer hunting laws and regulations.
8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., M-F