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Hunting Season Dates

Hunting Regulations Icon Massachusetts Hunting

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 1–14

Sept. 6 – Sept. 24
Nov. 7 – Nov. 26
Nov. 28 – Dec. 10

UPLAND GAME BIRDS* See Upland Game Birds for bag limits

Wild Turkey (Big Game)

Spring: Zones 1–13

April 25 – May 21

Fall: Zones 1–13

Oct. 24 – Nov. 5

Youth Hunt: Zones 1-13

April 23 (special restrictions apply**)

Crow

Jan. 1 – April 9
July 1 – April 10, 2017

Pheasant

Oct. 15 – Nov. 26

Youth Hunt

See Outdoor Skills Programs.

Quail

Zones 11–14

Oct. 15 – Nov. 26

Ruffed Grouse

Oct. 15 – Nov. 26

* 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 the spring.

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

DEER See Deer for bag limits

Deer (Big Game)

Youth Deer Hunt

October 1

Paraplegic Hunt

Nov. 3 – Nov. 5

Archery

Oct. 17 – Nov. 26

Shotgun

Nov. 28 – Dec. 10

Primitive Firearms

Dec. 12 – Dec. 31

RABBITS & SQUIRRELS See Rabbits & Squirrels for bag limits

Cottontail
Rabbit

Zones 1-12

Jan. 1 – Feb. 29
Oct. 15 – Feb. 28, 2017

Zones 13 and 14

Jan. 1 – Feb. 29
Nov. 15 – Feb. 28, 2017

Snowshoe Hare

Zones 1–4

Jan. 1 – Feb. 29
Oct. 15 – Feb. 28, 2017

Zones 5–12

Jan. 1 – Feb. 5
Oct. 15 – Feb. 4, 2017

Zones 13 and 14

Jan. 1 – Feb. 5
Nov. 16 – Feb. 4, 2017

Jackrabbit

Zone 14

Nov. 15 – Dec. 31

Gray Squirrel

Zones 1–9

Sept. 12 – Jan. 2, 2017

Zones 10–14

Oct. 15 – Jan. 2, 2017

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. 8
Dec. 20 – Mar. 8, 2017

Coyote

Jan. 1 – Mar. 8
Oct. 15 – Mar. 8, 2017

Fox (red or gray)

Jan. 1 – Feb. 29
Nov. 1 – Feb. 28, 2017

Raccoon

Jan. 1 – Jan. 30
Oct. 1 – Jan. 31, 2017

Opossum

Jan. 1 – Jan. 30
Oct. 1 – Jan. 31, 2017

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