This is the 2015 Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Guide
This guide contains regulations effective today through December 31st, 2015. For regulations effective January 1st, 2016, please refer to the 2016 Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Guide.
Wildlife Management Area Regulations
The Division of Fisheries & Wildlife owns 213 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 106 Wildlife Conservation Easements, and 68 Access areas open to hunting, fishing, and trapping. Maps are available for many of these properties on the DFW website and at all DFW offices.
Download the Wildlife Management Zones Map (pdf)
- No person shall possess any alcoholic beverage except under permit, or dump or discard any can, bottle, or rubbish.
- No person shall remove vegetation, soil, or stones from any WMA except under permit.
- No person shall use excessive speed in driving a vehicle.
- No person, unless under permit, shall drive or possess any vehicle except on roads or trails maintained for public vehicular traffic.
- No person shall deface or tamper with any sign, building, or equipment.
- No person shall build or maintain a fire without written permission from the Director of the DFW or his designee.
- No person shall camp within any WMA without written permission from the Director or his designee.
- No person shall engage in target practice without written permission from the Director or his designee.
- No person shall use any means other than shotgun or bow and arrow during the pheasant and quail season on areas stocked with pheasant or quail except for hunting raccoons and opossums between 9pm and 3am, or except for the shooting of captured fur-bearing mammals by a licensed trapper.
- No person shall hunt before sunrise or after sunset on any WMA where pheasant or quail are stocked during the open season on pheasant or quail, except for the hunting of raccoons and opossums between 9pm and 3am.
- No person shall hunt during the pheasant or quail season on WMAs where pheasant or quail are stocked without wearing a ”hunter orange“ cap or hat except while night hunting for raccoons or opossums or while hunting waterfowl from within a blind or boat.
- No person, except under permit, shall dig or disturb any artifact or archaeological remains.
- The Director may make special regulations to handle special situations peculiar to any WMA. Controlled hunts are in effect at certain times on Martin Burns, Delaney, and Ludlow WMAs. Contact District Manager for details.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.