Yes indeed, MA is a real "sleeper" of a deer hunting state. There are some tremendous bucks living in the Bay State and it gives nonresident hunters one of the finest bargains as well. Tags are liberal and license and tag fees perhaps the most reasonable on the East Coast too. Turkey and bear hunting are excellent as well. I try to get to MA every fall and spring, for that matter. Opening day of the 2005 shotgun deer season, of the four of us that hunted together, three took deer and my wife and nephew both bagged impressive bucks during the frist few hours. This state is highly underrated and relatively unknown, by deer hunters.
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...