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Hunting Regulations Icon Massachusetts Hunting & Fishing

Rabbits and Squirrel Hunting


Open season
(All Dates Inclusive)

Daily BAG limit

possession limit

season limit

Cottontail Rabbit

Zones 1-12

Jan. 2 – Feb. 28
Oct. 14 – Feb. 28, 2018



Zones 13 and 14

Jan. 2 – Feb. 28
Nov. 15 – Feb 28, 2018



Snowshoe Hare

Zones 1–4

Jan. 2 – Feb. 28
Oct. 14 – Feb. 28, 2018



Zones 5–12

Jan. 2 – Feb. 4
Oct. 14 – Feb. 5, 2018



Zones 13 and 14

Jan. 2 – Feb. 4
Nov. 15 – Feb. 5, 2018




Zone 14

Nov. 15 – Dec. 30



Gray Squirrel

Zones 1–9

Sept. 11 – Jan. 2, 2018



Zones 10–14

Oct. 14 – Jan. 2, 2018




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.