Hunting on federal lands in Massachusetts

Looking for a place to hunt? Learn about your options on one of the 5 National Wildlife Refuges open to hunting in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts is home to several National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hunting is allowed in 5 of these properties. Each refuge has rules and areas designated for hunting.

Hunting in the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Hunting is allowed in certain areas of the Assabet River NWR, Great Meadows NWR, and Oxbow NWR in Eastern Massachusetts. You must get a refuge-issued permit along with your hunting license. You must comply with all hunting laws and regulations in addition to the refuge-specific rules. Learn more about hunting at these 3 refuges.

Hunting in Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Parker River NWR allows limited hunting for deer and waterfowl with a permit. You can hunt waterfowl in designated salt marsh areas of the refuge during state seasons. A one-day controlled deer hunt is usually held on the Plum Island portion of the refuge in December. Hunters are chosen by lottery. You must comply with all hunting laws and regulations in addition to the refuge-specific rules. Contact the refuge for more information.

Hunting in the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge

Silvio O. Conte NWR is located in areas of the Connecticut River watershed in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. Please contact the refuge manager at (413) 548-8002, Ext. 112 to inquire about specific hunting locations.

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