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Upland Game Birds

Open season
(All Dates Inclusive)

Daily BAG limit

possession limit

season limit


Wild Turkey

Spring: Zones 1–13

April 25 – May 21

See “Wild Turkey,” below.

Fall: Zones 1–13

Oct. 24 – Nov. 5

Youth Hunt: Zones 1-13

April 23 (see box below)


Jan. 1 – April 9
July 1 – April 10, 2017


Oct. 15 – Nov. 26




Youth Hunt

See Outdoor Skills Programs.


Zones 11–14

Oct. 15 – Nov. 26




Ruffed Grouse

Oct. 15 – Nov. 26




Upland game bird hunting is closed during shotgun deer season.

* Migratory game birds (includes waterfowl, woodcock, snipe, rails): Seasons set annually. see Migratory Game Bird Abstract posted in the spring.


May be hunted on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays only during the open season. Electronic calls, rifles, and bait are permissible. Hunting hours close ½ hour after sunset except as noted in WMA Reg. #10 (see Wildlife Management Area Regulations). Crow hunting season may coincide with the Youth Deer hunt, special restrictions apply, see Massachusetts Gun Laws.


Cocks and hens may be hunted on all WMAs statewide. Only cocks can be hunted eastward of the zone from the New Hampshire border south on I-95 to I-495, south on I-495 to I-95, north on I-95 to I-93/128, east on I-93/128 to Rt. 3, south on Rt. 3 to Rt. 228, north on Rt. 228 to the Hull town line, including the town of Hull and also in Dukes and Nantucket counties. See WMA Reg. #9–11 (Wildlife Management Area Regulations).


Zones 11–14 only (see page 28). See WMA Reg. #9–11 (Wildlife Management Area Regulations).

Ruffed Grouse

See WMA Reg. #9–11 (Wildlife Management Area Regulations).


Licensed hunters may submit an application to DFW District offices for a free 1 day permit that allows the private purchase, liberation, and hunting of ring-necked pheasants and/or bobwhite quail on selected WMAs (see list below) from January 1 – March 31. If purchasing birds from out of state, a separate importation permit is required. Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis; only one party may schedule a hunt on each specific WMA per day. There is no minimum or maximum stocking limit, or daily/season bag limit. For a complete list of procedures and locations available for this permit, contact any DFW District office (see Division of Fisheries & Wildlife). Locations include: Crane WMA and Erwin Wilder WMA (SE District), Bolton Flats WMA and Winnimusset WMA (Central District), Martin Burns WMA (NE District), Herm Covey WMA (CT Valley District), Housatonic Valley WMA (Western District).

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