Seasonal announcements from MassWildlife

As the seasons change, stay up to date about wildlife and outdoor recreation! Consider bookmarking this page as it is updated often.

Deer hunting reminders

  • Archery Extension: A regulatory amendment has been approved to extend the archery deer hunting season by 2 weeks in eastern MA (Zones 10–14). Read more.

  • Antlerless Deer Permits: If you applied for an ADP by the July 16th deadline, you still have to check to see if you were awarded a permit.

  • Surplus antlerless deer permits go on sale in September.

  • Applications for the Quabbin deer hunt must be completed online between July 1 and August 31. Get details.

  • Wachusett Hunting: DCR recently opened 7,500 acres of land to hunting in the Wachusett Reservoir Watershed. There are two free permit types available. *You must apply by 8/31 for the Controlled Deer Hunt.

Time to go fishing!

Find freshwater fishing spots or learn to fish with MassWildlife.
 

Prevent conflicts with black bears

Brush up on your bear knowledge with these resources.
 

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