Massachusetts Hunting News

Muzzleloading Firearms Regulations
The Massachusetts Primitive Firearms deer season will run from December 10 through 15 statewide. Regulatory changes for the 2001 Primitive season made by the Fisheries and Wildlife Board at their August meeting include allowing the use of sabot rounds regardless of composition as well as jacketed and belted projectiles. The Board also approved the use of telescopic sights, with the exception of laser sights or any other sights which project a beam. Closed, in-line ignitions, including those using shotgun (209) primers were also sanctioned.
Early Black Bear Hunting Season
Licensed hunters brought 98 black bears to MassWildlife check stations during the early season which ran from September 4 through September 22. Seventy-six bears were tagged during the same season last year. The largest bear reported weighed 345 pounds field dressed and was taken in Westfield. MassWildlife?s Western District office in Pittsfield checked 50 bears, the Connecticut Valley District in Belchertown checked 18, Bitzer Trout Hatchery in Montague checked 29 and the Central District office checked one. The season was open in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden and Worcester counties.
Youth Outdoor Expo September 23
The 5th annual Youth Outdoor Expo and Family Field Day Event will be held on Sunday, September 23 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM on the grounds of the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club in Sturbridge. Sponsored by the Club, MassWildlife, the Environmental Police, New England Native American Institute and FAWNS (Facts About Wildlife and Nature Society), the Expo features a full day of fun with outdoor skills, nature, art and animals. Admission is FREE. Food for everyone under age 17 is FREE. Kids will receive a goodie bag and participate in a youth raffle, FREE. Supervision is provided for all hands-on activities including archery, drawing and painting, target shooting, fishing skills, building a bat house, and more! An authentic New England Pioneer Encampment, complete with supervised, hands-on, tomahawk throw and a Native American Pow Wow will be featured. Demonstrations will be conducted with live birds of prey, snakes and turtles and working dogs. No advanced registration required. Register on site the morning of the event.
Anterless Deer Permits Drawn
Results of the 2001 annual drawing for antlerless deer permits in Massachusetts' fifteen Deer Management Zones (DMZ) are can be viewed when you click here.