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Season Date Summary

Hunting Regulations Icon Massachusetts Hunting & Fishing

 

Summary of Hunting Season Dates

For further information regarding specific bag, possession, and season limits please visit the pages noted in the table below. No hunting on Sunday.

Open Season
(All Dates Inclusive)

BLACK BEAR

Black Bear (Big Game)

Zones 1–14

Sept. 5 – Sept. 23
Nov. 6 – Nov. 25
Nov. 27 – Dec. 9

UPLAND GAME BIRDS*

Wild Turkey (Big Game)

Spring: Zones 1–13

April 24 – May 20

Fall: Zones 1–13

Oct. 23 – Nov. 4

Youth Hunt: Zones 1–13

April 22 (special restrictions apply**)

Crow

Zones 1–14

Jan. 1 – April 10
July 1 – April 10, 2018

Pheasant

Zones 1–14

Oct. 14 – Nov. 25

Youth Hunt

See Youth Hunting Page

Quail

Zones 11–14

Oct. 14 – Nov. 25

Ruffed Grouse

Zones 1–14

Oct. 14 – Nov. 25

DEER See page 36 for bag limits

Deer (Big Game)

Youth Deer Hunt

Sept. 30

Paraplegic Hunt

Nov. 2 – Nov. 4

Archery

Oct. 16 – Nov. 25

Shotgun

Nov. 27 – Dec. 9

Primitive Firearms

Dec. 11 – Dec. 30

RABBITS & SQUIRRELS

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

Jackrabbit

Zone 14

Nov. 15 – Dec. 30

Gray Squirrel

Zones 1–9

Sept. 11 – Jan. 2, 2018

Zones 10–14

Oct. 14 – Jan. 2, 2018

FURBEARERS

Bobcat

Zones 1–8

Jan. 2 – Mar. 8
Dec. 20 – Mar. 8, 2018

Coyote

Zones 1–14

Jan. 2 – Mar. 8
Oct. 14 – Mar. 8, 2018

Fox (red or gray)

Zones 1–14

Jan. 2 – Feb. 28
Nov. 1 – Feb. 28, 2018

Raccoon

Zones 1–14

Jan. 2 – Jan. 31
Oct. 2 – Jan. 31, 2018

Opossum

Zones 1–14

Jan. 2 – Jan. 31
Oct. 2 – Jan. 31, 2018