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Hunting Regulations Icon Massachusetts Hunting & Fishing

Open season
(All Dates Inclusive)

Daily BAG limit

possession limit

season limit

Bobcat

Zones 1–8

Jan. 1 – Mar. 8
Dec. 20 – Mar. 8, 2019

Coyote

Zones 1–14

Jan. 1 – Mar. 8
Oct. 13 – Mar. 8, 2019

Fox (red or gray)

Zones 1–14

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Nov. 1 – Feb 28, 2019

Raccoon

Zones 1–14

Jan. 1 – Jan. 31
Oct. 1 – Jan. 31, 2019

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* see Raccoon below

Opossum

Zones 1–14

Jan. 1 – Jan. 31
Oct. 1 – Jan. 31, 2019

Bobcat

Hunting hours ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Hunting is limited to Wildlife Management Zones 1–8. It is illegal to use dogs for bobcat hunting. All bobcats taken or salvaged must be checked within 4 working days of the end of the season at an official check station. Bobcats cannot be reported online.

Coyote & Fox

Hunting hours begin ½ hour before sunrise and end at midnight, except 1) on WMAs stocked with pheasant or quail during the pheasant and quail season when hunting hours begin at sunrise and end at sunset and, 2) when hunting coyote during the shotgun deer season (see below).

Coyote and fox may be hunted with shotguns, muzzleloaders, and archery, as well as rifles and handguns with special nighttime restrictions. Coyotes may be hunted with shotguns using numbered or lettered birdshot (≤ 0.230 inch pellet diameter; up to FF), except during the shotgun deer season (see below). Fox may be hunted with numbered birdshot only (≤ 0.160 inch pellet diameter).

It is legal to hunt coyote and fox using bait, decoys, electronic or manual calls, and dogs. Artificial lights are prohibited. Coyote and fox pelts/carcasses must be checked/reported within 4 working days of the end of the season by either 1) checking them at an official check station, or 2) reporting them online and writing the harvest confirmation number on a tag of your own making, then attaching the tag to the carcass or pelt. Confirmation numbers must remain attached to all pelts/carcasses, with the specific confirmation number issued for each particular pelt or carcass, until the carcass is prepared for mounting by a taxidermist, or the pelt is sold or tanned.

During the shotgun deer season it is legal to hunt coyotes, but not fox; however the following additional regulations apply:

  • Hunting hours begin ½ hour before sunrise and end ½ hour after sunset.
  • Use of manual or electronic calls and dogs are prohibited.
  • Rifles and handguns are prohibited.
  • Shotguns and muzzleloaders loaded with slugs, single balls, or buckshot are permitted.
  • All hunters must wear a minimum of 500 square inches of hunter orange on their head, chest, and back.

Raccoon

Daily bag limit of 3 raccoons from sunset of 1 day to sunset of the following day by 1 person; limit of 6* and salvage by licensed individuals by 2 or more persons hunting in the same group.

Night hunting on WMAs (except Delaney and Flint Pond WMAs) is permitted from sunset to sunrise except during the pheasant and quail season on areas stocked with pheasant or quail, when raccoon may be hunted only from 9pm to 3am. Raccoon hunting season may coincide with the Youth Deer hunt, when special restrictions apply.

Opossum

No bag limit on opossum. Night hunting on WMAs (except Delaney and Flint Pond WMAs) is permitted from sunset to sunrise except during the pheasant and quail season on WMAs stocked with pheasant or quail, when opossum may be hunted only from 9pm to 3am. Opossum hunting season may coincide with the Youth Deer Hunt, when special restrictions apply.