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This is the 2015 Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Guide

This guide contains regulations effective January 1st, 2015.  For regulations effective today through December 31st, 2014, please refer to the 2014 Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Guide.

Hunting Season Dates

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For further information regarding specific bag, possession, and season limits please visit the pages noted in the table below.

Open season
(All Dates Inclusive)

BLACK BEAR See bear for bag limits

Black Bear (Big Game)

Zones 1-9

Sept. 8 – Sept. 26
Nov. 2 – Nov. 21

UPLAND GAME BIRDS* See upland game birds for bag limits

Wild Turkey (Big Game)

Spring: Zones 1–13

April 27 – May 23

Fall: Zones 1–13

Oct. 19 – Oct. 31

Youth Hunt: Zones 1-13

April 25 (special restrictions apply**)

Crow

Jan. 1 – April 10
July 1 – April 9, 2016

Pheasant

Oct. 17 – Nov. 28

Youth Hunt

See Outdoor Skills & Wildlife Education Programs.

Quail

Zones 11–14

Oct. 17 – Nov. 28

Ruffed Grouse

Oct. 17 – Nov. 28

Upland game bird hunting is closed during shotgun deer season.

* Migratory game birds (includes waterfowl, woodcock, snipe, rails): Seasons set annually. see Migratory Game Bird Abstract posted in late August.

** Must have completed the youth turkey hunt program (Outdoor Skills & Wildlife Education Programs).

DEER See deer for bag limits

Deer (Big Game)

Archery

Oct. 19 – Nov. 28

Shotgun

Nov. 30 – Dec. 12

Primitive Firearms

Dec. 14 – Dec. 31

RABBITS & SQUIRRELS See Rabbits & Squirrels for bag limits

Cottontail
Rabbit

Zones 1-12

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Oct. 17 – Feb. 29, 2016

Zones 13 and 14

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Nov. 16 – Feb. 29, 2016

Snowshoe Hare

Zones 1–4

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Oct. 17 – Feb. 29, 2016

Zones 5–12

Jan. 1 – Feb. 5
Oct. 17 – Feb. 5, 2016

Zones 13 and 14

Jan. 1 – Feb. 5
Nov. 16 – Feb. 5, 2016

Jackrabbit

Zone 14

Nov. 16 – Dec. 31

Gray Squirrel

Zones 1–9

Sept. 14 – Jan. 2, 2016

Zones 10–14

Oct. 17 – Jan. 2, 2016

Rabbit, jackrabbit, hare, and squirrel hunting are closed during shotgun deer season.

FURBEARERS See furbearers for bag limits

Bobcat

Zones 1-8

Jan. 1 – Mar. 7
Dec. 21 – Mar. 8, 2016

Coyote

Jan. 1 – Mar. 7
Oct. 17 – Mar. 8, 2016

Fox (red or gray)

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Nov. 2 – Feb. 29, 2016

Raccoon

Jan. 1 – Jan. 31
Oct. 1 – Jan. 30, 2016

Opossum

Jan. 1 – Jan. 31
Oct. 1 – Jan. 30, 2016

All furbearer hunting seasons are closed during shotgun deer season except for coyotes.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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