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Hunting Season Dates

Hunting Regulations Icon Massachusetts Hunting & Fishing

For further information regarding specific bag limits and seasons please visit the pages noted below. No hunting on Sunday.

Open Season
(All Dates Inclusive)

BLACK BEAR

Black Bear (Big Game)

Zones 1–14

Sept. 4 – Sept. 22
Nov. 5 – Nov. 24
Nov. 26 – Dec. 8

UPLAND GAME BIRDS*

Wild Turkey (Big Game)

Spring: Zones 1–13

April 30 – May 26

Fall: Zones 1–13

Oct. 22 – Nov. 3

Youth Hunt: Zones 1–13

April 28 (special restrictions apply**)

Crow

Zones 1–14

Jan. 1 – April 9
July 2 – April 10, 2019

Pheasant

Zones 1–14

Oct. 13 – Nov. 24

Youth Hunt

Quail

Zones 11–14

Oct. 13 – Nov. 24

Ruffed Grouse

Zones 1–14

Oct. 13 – Nov. 24

DEER

Deer (Big Game)

Youth Deer Hunt

Sept. 29

Paraplegic Hunt

Nov. 1 – Nov. 3

Archery (Zones 10 – 14)

Oct. 1 – Nov. 24

Archery (Zones 1 – 9)

Oct. 15 – Nov. 24

Shotgun

Nov. 26 – Dec. 8

Primitive Firearms

Dec. 10 – Dec. 31

RABBITS & SQUIRRELS

Cottontail
Rabbit

Zones 1–12

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Oct. 13 – Feb. 28, 2019

Zones 13 and 14

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Nov. 15 – Feb. 28, 2019

Snowshoe Hare

Zones 1–4

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Oct. 13 – Feb. 28, 2019

Zones 5–12

Jan. 1 – Feb. 5
Oct. 13 – Feb. 5, 2019

Zones 13 and 14

Jan. 1 – Feb. 5
Nov. 15 – Feb. 5, 2019

Gray Squirrel

Zones 1–9

Sept. 10 – Jan. 2, 2019

Zones 10–14

Oct. 13 – Jan. 2, 2019

FURBEARERS

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

Opossum

Zones 1–14

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