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Hunting in Massachusetts: 14 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Your Kids

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:51 AM

Taking your teenager on hunting trips can be considered a rite of passage in outdoor-oriented families, but there are things you need to know before you and your child head to the Massachusetts woods and waterways. In Massachusetts, hunting, freshwater fishing, and trapping all require licenses. Here are 14 facts to keep in mind.
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  1. Licenses are valid Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of any year except for limited-term licenses, but are required of all hunters 15-years-old and up for hunting birds or mammals.

  2. Licenses for those older than 18 can be purchased only if the hunter has completed the state’s basic hunter education course or held a hunting license anywhere in North America prior to 2007, according to Eregulations.com. 

  3. A trapper 12-years-old and up must have a trapping license. This means completing a trapper education course from any U.S. state and being issued a certificate of completion of such training in order to obtain a trap registration license.

  4. All minors, residents, and non-residents alike, 15 to 17-years-old must be licensed and have required stamps and permits to hunt any bird or mammal.

  5. To qualify for a hunting or sporting license, a minor must have a letter of consent from a parent or guardian and either a basic hunter education certificate from anywhere in North America, or a letter signed by a parent affirming that the minor will be accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older on the hunt.

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  7. Hunting and sporting licenses for minors can only be purchased from the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife offices or licensed vendors. These licenses must be purchased in person, because the vendor must verify that the minor has a consent letter and either a basic hunter education certificate or an adult accompaniment letter.

  8. All minors must carry their hunter education certificate while hunting.

  9. If the minor is gun hunting, a Firearms Identification card is required.

  10. Minors between the ages of 12 and 14 years old can hunt with a licensed adult, provided that a single bag limit is observed and only one firearm or bow is used by the two; only one minor per adult is permitted.

  11. No one younger than age 12 may hunt.

  12. Young trappers who are 12 to 17-years-old can get a trapping license, but they will need a letter of consent from a parent or guardian. These must be purchased from DFW offices or licensed vendors, so that the appropriate letters can be verified.

  13. If a minor is trapping on lands now owned by family, they must obtain a trap registration number, which requires proof of completion of a trapper education course from any U.S. state.

  14. A $5 Massachusetts Waterfowl Stamp is required of all hunters 15 years and older, except when hunting woodcock, snipe, American coot, or rails.

  15. All those in the woods during hunting season are encouraged to wear hunter orange to increase visibility.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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