Massachusetts Hunting News

Massachusetts Anterless Deer and Bear Permits Still Available
Antlerless deer permit notification cards were mailed to deer hunters in mid-August. All applicants selected for their Wildlife Management Zone (WMZ) of choice were notified of their permit with a brown postcard.
Massachusetts Has New Regulations Regarding Coyotes
At the July 31 Board Meeting, the Fisheries and Wildlife Board voted to promulgate new regulations relating to coyotes.
Massachusetts Needs Help Counting Turkey Families
Sportsmen and women, birders, landowners and other wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to assist MassWildlife by counting turkey families this summer.
Massachusetts Deer and Moose CWD Free
Based on data gathered during the 2006 deer hunting season, no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in Massachusetts deer or moose.
Massachusetts Releases 2006 Deer Harvest Numbers
MassWildlife Deer Project Leader Bill Woytek reports a total of 10,479 white-tailed deer taken by licensed hunters during the combined 2006 seasons.
Massachusetts Reminds Hunters of CWD Rules
Deer hunters who hunt deer in other states are reminded that it is illegal for anyone to import, process or possess whole carcasses or parts of deer or elk (from wild or captive deer herds) into Massachusetts from states and Canadian provinces where Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected.
Massachusetts Antlerless Deer Permits Drawn
The annual drawing for Antlerless Deer Permits was held July 25, 2006 at the R.C. Mahar Regional High School in Orange. Selections were made based on last digit of 2006 hunting or sporting licenses.
Massachusetts Changing Hunting License Purchase Requirement
On July 6, Governor Mitt Romney signed legislation that changes hunting license purchase requirements by requiring all new hunters to successfully pass a basic hunter education course, a measure that has the strong support of sportsmen and gun owners.
2006 Antlerless Deer Permit Allocations
The 2006 Antlerless Deer Permit allocations by Wildlife Management Zone (WMZ) appear below. "Percent Change" indicates the difference in the number of available permits from last year's allocations.
2005 Nantucket February Deer Season
On December 20, 2004, in response to a request from Nantucket town officials, the Fisheries and Wildlife Board voted to allow a one week deer hunting season on Nantucket in February of 2005.