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Location: North Shore of Massachusetts
Joined: 05/08/2005
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Looking to get serious....

Do any Massachusetts hunters have any suggestions as to good public lands to hunt around the north shore of Mass? I'd even be willing to make a drive of a couple hours to find a good spot. I have not really gotten serious about hunting in Mass since I moved up here a couple years ago. I've been busy with work and my masters degree work. However, I've decided to get serious this year b/c hunting is one thing I love to do and it's been bothering me that I haven't really made a serious effort in mass.

I went out a couple times during archery season in the Harold Parker State forest but when I had a mountain biker go buy my stand at about 50 yards I just packed it up and went home.

Any suggestions/ information/ help would be awesome!

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Location: Montana
Joined: 02/13/2005
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Mountain Bikers are not open during deer season in Mass.?They open the day before bow season here in MT.

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Location: Pennsylvania
Joined: 10/28/2003
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From the car on my way through it looks like Mass would have great deer hunting. I am not from there nor do I have any experiance with your public land but what I do if I am going to hunt a piece of public land for the first time is talk to the game wardens in the area you are looking, ask if they know of a good place to start. They usually will be very helpful. Park rangers know the areas of the land they patrol that are under utilized and will point you in the right direction. Who better to ask than the guys that patrol the area every day?
In all the years I have approach the wardens (or rangers) and asked I have only had one guy not be super helpful and either show me on the map or invite me to ride with them to show me the good areas first hand. I think the other guy must have been having a bad day but he would only be 1 out of at least a dozen.

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Location: North Shore of Massachusetts
Joined: 05/08/2005
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Thanks! That is a great idea. I never really thought about asking the park rangers/wardens. That is a good idea. I'll try to see if they are around the next time I have time to go over the state forest where I'm thinking about trying this season.

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Location: CT.
Joined: 12/25/2005
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Harold Parker

I grew up hunting that area.There are more deer in that area than ever.Don't let the bikers scare you off. The deer are not bothered by them. In fact, I've had deer come within just a few yards after bikers,joggers,and dog walkers have already passed through. Your in a good spot, just keep scouting and doing your homework and things will start to happen for you.Goodluck. Thumbs up

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Location: CT.
Joined: 12/25/2005
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Harold Parker

I grew up hunting that area.There are more deer in that area than ever.Don't let the bikers scare you off. The deer are not bothered by them. In fact, I've had deer come within just a few yards after bikers,joggers,and dog walkers have already passed through. Your in a good spot, just keep scouting and doing your homework and things will start to happen for you.Goodluck. Thumbs up

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Location: Na Hamsha
Joined: 03/03/2006
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I hunted across the road from Govenor Dummer Academy. I don't remember the name of the state forest but if you stand at Gov Dum office then look across route 1 and on the other side of the large swamp, there is a good sized
forest there that you access from the right side. The big deer are in the swampy grass during the day. Bikers and hikers make great deer drivers, they really help. Hello