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Learn about harvest reporting

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

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:
 

* During the first week of shotgun deer hunting season, all deer must be reported in person at a check station so that MassWildlife biologists may collect biological data.

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, coyote, fisher, fox, mink within 4 working days of the end of their respective seasons.

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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