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Rabbit & Squirrel Hunting

Hunting Regulations Icon Massachusetts Hunting & Fishing

Open season
(All Dates Inclusive)

Daily BAG limit

possession limit

season limit

Cottontail Rabbit

Zones 1–12

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

5

10

Zones 13 and 14

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

5

10

Snowshoe Hare

Zones 1–4

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

2

4

Zones 5–12

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

2

4

Zones 13 and 14

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

2

4

Gray Squirrel

Zones 1–9

Sept. 10 – Jan. 2, 2019

5

10

Zones 10–14

Oct. 13 – Jan. 2, 2019

5

10

RABBIT and HARE

Hunting hours ½ hour before sunrise to midnight except on certain WMAs (see WMA Regulation #10).

Gray Squirrel

Rifles and handguns of any caliber permitted in Zones 1–9, prohibited in Zones 10–14. No trapping or netting. Shotgun or bow and arrow only during the pheasant and quail seasons on WMAs stocked with pheasant or quail (see WMA Regulation #9). Hunting hours ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset except on Wildlife Management Areas where pheasant or quail are stocked during the open season on pheasant and quail, when hunting hours are from sunrise to sunset (see WMA Regulation #9–11). Gray squirrel hunting season may coincide with the Youth Deer hunt, when special restrictions apply.