Massachusetts Hunting News

Archery Deer Hunting Season May Set Record
Preliminary archery deer season figures, compiled by MassWildlife's five district offices, suggest a new record may be on the horizon. A preliminary total of 2,886 deer were checked by official stations across the state, ahead of the 2,811 record-setting total established in 2000. By regional Wildlife District, the tally is as follows: Western 320, Valley 442, Central 567, Northeast 522, and Southeast 1,035. Final figures for the archery, shotgun and primitive firearms deer seasons will be generated in late winter or early spring after all deer kill report cards have been entered into the deer database and analyzed.
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.