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Hunting and freshwater fishing license fees

If you're 15 or older, you need a license to hunt or fish in fresh water. View a table of license fees.

Licenses

Freshwater Fishing

Price

Resident Freshwater Fishing* $22.50
Resident Minor Freshwater Fishing (Age 15–17) FREE
Resident Freshwater Fishing (Age 65–69)* $11.25
Resident Freshwater Fishing (Age 70 or over) FREE
Resident Freshwater Fishing (Paraplegic, blind, intellectually disabled; see instructions.) FREE
Resident Freshwater Fishing (3-day)* $7.50
Non-resident Freshwater Fishing* $32.50
Non-resident Freshwater Fishing (3-day)* $18.50
Non-resident Freshwater Fishing (Age 15–17)* $6.50
Quabbin 1-Day Freshwater Fishing $5.00

Hunting

Price

Resident Hunting* $22.50
Resident Minor Hunting (Age 15–17)* $6.50
Resident Hunting (Age 65–69)* $11.25
Resident/Non-resident Hunting (Paraplegic; see instructions.) FREE
Non-resident Big Game Hunting (adult/minor)*
(Deer, bear, turkey, and all other game species)
$94.50
Non-resident Small Game Hunting (adult/minor)*
(All game species except deer, bear, and turkey)
$60.50
Resident/Non-resident Commercial Shooting Preserve (1-day)* $5.00

Sporting (Combination Hunting and Freshwater Fishing)

Price

Resident Sporting* $40.00
Resident Sporting (Age 65–69)* $20.00
Resident Sporting (Age 70 or over)
(includes trapping)
FREE
Resident/Non-Resident Sporting (Paraplegic; see instructions.) FREE

Trapping

Price

Resident Trapping* $30.50
Resident Minor Trapping (Age 12–17)* $6.50
Resident Trapping (Age 65-69)* $15.25


*Wildlands Conservation Stamp: *Price listed does not include the mandatory $5 Wildlands Stamp. In each calendar year, all first resident licenses and all non-resident licenses require a Wildlands Stamp (except for free licenses and saltwater licenses).

Permits and stamps

Stamps

Price

Wildlands Conservation Stamp (Resident/Non-resident) $5.00
Archery Stamp $5.10
Waterfowl Stamp $5.00
Primitive Firearms Stamp $5.10

Hunting Permits

Price

Antlerless Deer Permit (when issued) $5.00
Bear Permit $5.00
Turkey Permit $5.00

Trapping and Furbuying Permits

Price

Trap Registration Number $5.00
Trap Registration Number Renewal $5.00
Non-resident Trapping Permit $200.00
Resident Furbuyer $30.00
Non-resident Furbuyer $90.00


Trap Registration and Furbuying Permits: Trap registration numbers and renewals are processed by the MassWildlife Boston office; call (617) 626-1500 for assistance. First-time applicants for furbuying permits must contact the MassWildlife Boston office for instructions. Restrictions apply.

Additional Fees May Apply: Depending on where you purchase your license, additional fees may apply.

  • At a MassWildlife office: There are no additional fees for licenses purchased at offices of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, where only cash or checks are accepted. Find a MassWildlife office near you.
  • Online using MassFishHunt: All online purchases include a $1.34 service fee per license, plus a 3% internet handling charge on the total transaction. Buy licenses online using MassFishHunt.
  • From an authorized license agent: City and town clerks must add an additional $1.00; other sales agents may add up to an additional $1.50 fee to the price of each license sold. All purchases made through an agent include a $1.34 service fee per license, plus a 3% internet handling charge on the total transaction. Find an authorized license agent near you.
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