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Rabbits & Squirrels

Hunting Regulations Icon Massachusetts Hunting

Open season
(All Dates Inclusive)

Daily BAG limit

possession limit

season limit

RABBITS & SQUIRRELS

Cottontail
Rabbit

Zones 1-12

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

5

10

Zones 13 and 14

Jan. 1 – Feb. 29
Nov. 16 – Feb 28, 2017

5

10

Snowshoe Hare

Zones 1–4

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

2

4

Zones 5–12

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

2

4

Zones 13 and 14

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

2

4

Jackrabbit

Zone 14

Nov. 15 – Dec. 31

1

2

Gray Squirrel

Zones 1–9

Sept. 12 – Jan. 2, 2017

5

10

Zones 10–14

Oct. 15 – Jan. 2, 2017

5

10

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

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, Wildlife Management Areas). 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, Wildlife Management Areas). Gray squirrel hunting season may coincide with the Youth Deer hunt, special restrictions apply, see Massachusetts Gun Laws.

RABBIT, HARE, AND JACKRABBIT

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

Falconry

Hunting with birds of prey is allowed under a special permit from the DFW; see dates and regulations in the Migratory Bird Regulations issued in spring. Contact DFW Field Headquarters (508) 389-6300 or visit mass.gov/masswildlife for more information.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

(ATVs, OHVs, dirt bikes, etc.)

It is illegal to operate any motorized vehicle on any WMA or other property owned or controlled by the DFW; and on most state park and state forest lands. It is illegal to operate these vehicles on private lands without the written permission of the landowner. Penalties for violations have been increased in recent years. Age restrictions apply; operators under the age of 18 must take a safety course. For more information, contact the MA Environmental Police Communication Center at 1-800-632-8075, or go to mass.gov/ole and click on the Safety Bureau link.

A portion of the revenue from vehicle registration is used to support legal riding opportunities; to find a list of State Parks and Forests that allow OHV operation visit: www.mass.gov/dcr/recreate/orv.htm.