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January 2018

2018 Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping Season Dates
Read the January MassWildlife Monthly Newsletter

January 10Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough – The January meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held at 1 p.m., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts. If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at (508) 389-6342. Anyone wishing to be placed on the agenda to speak must notify the Board 2 weeks prior to the Board meeting; for more detailed information, contact Susan Sacco at (508) 389-6342.

January 11: Learn to Hunt Turkey Calling Workshop, Westborough – **This course is full. If you are interested in attending you can email the Learn to Hunt State Coordinator at astrid.huseby@state.ma.us to be put on a waiting list.

January 16 & 18: Fly Tying Class, Sudbury – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the Assebet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, 680 Hudson Rd, in Sudbury from 6:30–8:30 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

January 20: Create Your Junior Duck Stamp, Wales – Holland artist Marcia Beal will guide kids in grades 3–12 through this fun and creative process at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary in Wales.The artwork takes about an hour; all supplies will be provided. This is a free event, but advance sign-up will allow us to have enough material for everyone. Please call 413-267-9654 or email ohop@norcrosswildlife.org. We will also have a pizza lunch, courtesy of the Norcross Sanctuary, where we will learn more about ducks, their habitats and how they fly!

January 26–28: New England Fishing and Outdoor Expo, Boxborough – Stop by MassWildlife's booth at the Expo to purchase your hunting/fishing licenses or ask questions about wildlife and the great outdoors. Click here for more information, including expo hours and directions.

February 2018

February 1 & 8: Fly Tying Class, Belchertown – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at MassWildlife’s Connecticut Valley District Office, 341 East Street, Belchertown from 6:30–8:30 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

February 6Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough – The February meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held at 3 p.m., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts. If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at (508) 389-6342. Anyone wishing to be placed on the agenda to speak must notify the Board 2 weeks prior to the Board meeting; for more detailed information, contact Susan Sacco at (508) 389-6342.

February 6: Public Hearing on Dog Regulations, Westborough – In accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131, Section 6, and Chapter 30A, Section 2, NOTICE is hereby given of a public hearing to be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2018, at 7 p.m., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s (MassWildlife) Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts, to amend and establish rules relating to the leashing of dogs, and the restraint of domesticated animals (as listed in 321 CMR 9.02(3)), on MassWildlife Wildlife Management Areas. Please click here to read the proposed regulations and a summary.

February 10: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Chesterfield – Learn the basics of ice fishing at this free, hands-on event at the Chesterfield Scout Reservation (22 Sugar Hill Rd, Williamsburg, MA 01096) from 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours; equipment and bait will be available on a first come first serve basis. This event is in cooperation with the Western Massachusetts Boy Scout Council. *Open to the public. For more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6309. *PLEASE NOTE: Less than 6” of safe ice, rain or heavy snow will cancel this event.

February 13 & 15: Beginners Fly Tying Class, Charlton – Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Dam Field Office (48 Old Oxford Rd. Charlton) from 7–9 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. This event is in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville and the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Nicole Giles to pre-register at Nicole.c.giles@usace.army.mil or (978) 313-8411.

February 17: Family Ice Fishing Festival, Oxford This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to ice fish event. Bring your ice fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided at Hodges Village Dam (Augutteback Pond – 30 Howarth Rd. Oxford) from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Lake, the Charlton Conservation Department, and the Oxford Conservation Commission. *Open to the public – contact Nicole Giles at Buffumville Lake at (978) 318-8411 or Nicole.C.Giles@usace.army.mil; Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us; or, Todd Girard at (508) 248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net for more information. *PLEASE NOTE: Less than 6” of safe ice, rain or heavy snow will cancel this event.

February 23–25: Springfield Sportsmen's Show, West Springfield  Stop by MassWildlife's booth to purchase your hunting/fishing licenses or ask questions about wildlife and the great outdoors. Click here for more information about the show, including hours and directions.

February 27 and March 1: Beginners Fly Tying Class, Westborough Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, from 7–9 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

March 2018

February 27 and March 1: Beginners Fly Tying Class, Westborough Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, from 7–9 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Jim Lagacy to pre-register at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

March 13 & 15: Beginners Fly Tying Class, Charlton - Learn the basic skills of tying your own flies during this free, hands-on, two-session course offered at the Charlton Arts and Activities Council, 4 Dresser Hill Road, Charlton from 7–9 p.m. All tools and tying materials provided. Participation is mandatory for both sessions. *Open to the public, for beginning fly tiers only, minimum age is 15. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please contact Kristen Petrik at anjlwngs@hotmail.com or (508) 248-3747.

April 2018

April 28: Cops And Bobbers Family Fishing Festival, Springfield This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event at Forest Park in Springfield from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Springfield Elks, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Springfield Parks Department. *Open to the public. Contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us for more information.

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