If you’re looking for a place to hunt that has easy-to-understand regulations, consider one of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife's (MassWildlife) properties. Almost all of the more than 200,000 acres of MassWildlife lands are open to hunting, fishing, and trapping. Make sure you understand the differences between the types of MassWildlife properties and find out how to explore these lands.
MassWildlife lands that are open to hunting include:
- Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) are owned by MassWildlife and are open to all for hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor recreation. You can hunt on WMAs regardless of town firearm bylaws.
- Wildlife Conservation Easements (WCE) are privately owned land where MassWildlife owns the development and recreation rights. These lands are open to all for hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor recreation.
- Access Areas are often smaller parcels of land owned by MassWildlife to provide public access to waterbodies, to MassWildlife properties, or to other conservation land owned by a third party. You can hunt on Access Areas regardless of town firearm bylaws.
Note: MassWildlife lands are closed to all motorized vehicles.
Explore your MassWildlife lands
Use the MassWildlife Lands Viewer to explore WMAs, WCEs. and Access Areas. To start exploring:
- Use the drop-down menu in the upper left to search by town or property name.
- Zoom to a region on the map if you’d like to explore areas of the state.
- Remember, you’re looking for WMAs and WCEs. These are represented by dark green and light green shapes on the map. Access Areas are gray.
- You can learn more about the area once you’ve zoomed in. Clicking on the “P” gives information about parking. You can find fact sheets for some WMAs by clicking on the solid area of the map.
- You can get more information about the property by switching the basemap. The satellite basemap shows details about the kind of habitat on a particular property. The two topographic basemaps give more detail about elevation changes and some information about structures and roads. Be sure to drag the slider from darker to lighter to temporarily hide the property boundary and see more details of the area.
- Click on the Print button or use the Share button to generate a link to the map you’ve created.