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Learn about harvest reporting

Hunters who harvest a deer, bear, turkey, coyote, or fox must report it within 48 hours. Hunters or trappers who harvest beaver, bobcat, fisher, mink, or otter must report it within 4 working days of the end of the season.

FALL 2020:Hunters are strongly encouraged to use MassFishHunt to report harvests online using a computer or smartphone. Due to COVID-19, many check stations will not operate during the fall 2020 season.
Please click here for step-by-step instructions on how to report your harvest online. 

If you experience difficulties reporting your harvest online, call your nearest MassWildlife District Office or the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (FHQ). Staff will be available to help hunters report their harvest over the phone. When reporting a harvest over the phone, hunters should be prepared to provide the following information: name and customer ID; date of harvest, town, county and Wildlife Management Zone of harvest; the sex and weight of the bear; the method of take (shotgun/archery/rifle/muzzle loader); and, if the animal had ear tags, the color and numbers from the tags.

MassWildlife Office phone numbers:

  • Western District, Dalton: (413) 684-1646 
  • Connecticut Valley District, Belchertown: (413) 323-7632 
  • Central District, Boylston: (508) 835-3607 
  • Northeast District, Ayer: (978) 772-2145 
  • Southeast District, Buzzards Bay: (508) 759-3406 
  • Field Headquarters, Westborough: (508) 389-6300

NOTE: If you get a busy signal when calling a district office, try again in a few minutes or please call the Field Headquarters at (508) 389-6300 to leave a message. If you need to leave a message, please include your full name, customer ID number from your hunting license, and a phone number where you can be reached. 

Harvest reporting rules for deer, bear, or turkey

Upon harvesting a deer, bear, or turkey, you must immediately fill out and detach the paper tag from your permit/license and attach it to the animal. Your game must remain intact (other than field dressing), with the harvest tag attached, until it is reported and prepared for food or taxidermy purposes. Until you have reported your harvested deer or bear, a part of the carcass must be visible while transporting it.

2 ways to report:

Harvest reporting rules for bobcat and otter

Bobcat and otter must be checked within 4 working days of the end of the season at a physical check station. Bobcats and otters cannot be reported online. The seal you receive from the check station must remain attached to the pelt until the pelt/carcass is prepared for mounting or the pelt is sold or tanned.

List of furbearer check stations.

Harvest reporting rules for beaver, coyote, fisher, fox, or mink.

You must report harvested  beaver, fisher, mink within 4 working days of the end of their respective seasons.

You must report coyote or fox within 48 hours of harvest.

2 ways to report:
 
  • Use MassFishHunt to report a harvest online
    You will get a confirmation number after completion. You must write this number on a harvest tag of your own making, which should still be attached to your game. Confirmation numbers must remain attached until the pelt/carcass is prepared for mounting or the pelt is sold or tanned.
     
  • Take your harvested game to an official check station. Click here for a complete list of furbearer check stations.
    The seal you receive from the check station must remain attached to the pelt until the pelt/carcass is prepared for mounting or the pelt is sold or tanned.

Meat processors and taxidermists game possession rules

Meat processors and taxidermists shall only possess bear, beaver, bobcat, coyote, deer, fisher, fox, mink, otter or wild turkey with either:

  • An official MassWildlife metal or plastic seal affixed to the carcass or furbearer pelt
    OR
  • A tag with the assigned MassFishHunt confirmation number affixed to the carcass or furbearer pelt.

It is illegal to accept any of the above game animals that do not have an official MassWidlife seal or have the confirmation number on an attached tag.

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