Massachusetts Hunting News

Massachusetts Deer and Bear Hunters - Applications Due July 16th

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) reminds deer hunters that in order to take antlerless deer during any deer hunting season, they must possess an antlerless deer permit. The July 16, 2011 deadline is fast approaching and applications postmarked after July 16 will not be accepted. DFW cautions deer hunters to refrain from assuming large quantities of over-the-counter permits will be available after permits are sent out in the early fall.

Massachusetts Turkey Hunting Reminders

The Massachusetts spring turkey hunting season is just around the corner (April 25, 2011). Here are some important reminders for turkey hunters to consider as they plan for their hunt.

Massachusetts Releases 2010 Black Bear Harvest Numbers

During the 2010 fall bear seasons, licensed hunters took a total of 144 black bears. During the 17-day September season 114 bears were taken, and 30 were taken during the 18-day November season. The breakdown of figures by county is as follows: 57 bears taken in Berkshire County, 42 in Franklin, 16 in Hampden, 26 in Hampshire, and 3 in Worcester County. The largest field-dressed bear to be checked in weighed 387 pounds and was taken in Becket with a bow.

Massachusetts Launches Online Licensing System

A new electronic licensing system, MassFishHunt, has debuted online offering 2011 hunting, freshwater fishing, and trapping licenses from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW), as well as non-commercial lobster permits and the new saltwater fishing permit from the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF).

Massachusetts Surplus Deer Permits on Sale Oct. 12th

Surplus antlerless deer permits for Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ) 10, 11, 13, and 14 will go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesday, October 12, at the Westborough Field Headquarters and all MassWildlife District Offices. The exception is the Southeast District, which will be selling permits at the Myles Standish State Forest in Carver during October 12 -15, 2010. The Southeast Office will then move antlerless deer permit sales to their office in Bourne beginning on October 18. Hunters must provide their original license; copies cannot be accepted.

Massachusetts Bear and Deer Permit Apps Due July 16th
Deer hunters, don't wait in line; apply on time! All deer hunters are reminded that in order to take antlerless deer during any deer hunting season, they must possess an antlerless deer permit. The July 16 application deadline is fast approaching.
Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board Changes
Bonita (Bonnie) Booth of Spencer was recently appointed to the Fisheries and Wildlife Board by Governor Deval Patrick to represent the Central District (Worcester County). Booth grew up on a family dairy farm and is still actively involved in farming.
Massachusetts Youth Turkey Hunting Program
Young people ages 12-17 who want to try out turkey hunting can take the opportunity by contacting participating sportsmen's clubs in the Massachusetts Youth Turkey Hunting Program.
Massachusetts Purchases 245 Acres on Red Brook
Recently, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles announced the purchase of 245 acres of land on Red Brook in Wareham and Plymouth that will protect one of the most diverse fish and wildlife habitats in the Commonwealth.
Time to Sign Up for Hunters Ed in Massachusetts
New and novice hunters of all ages are encouraged to make a New Year's resolution to sign up for a Basic Hunter Education Course in the winter and spring months of 2010. Students who successfully pass the course will receive a Certificate of Completion which is acceptable for purchasing a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license.