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Hunting in Massachusetts: 10 Things for Landowners to Know About Hunting on Private Property

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:04 PM

As a Massachusetts landowner, opening your property to hunting enthusiasts can land you in trouble if things go wrong. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with state law and conservation regulations before allowing strangers onto your property. Remember, even though hunters may be on your privately owned property, all state regulations and laws still apply to them and there are seasons for archery, trapping, and firearm use that can be species-specific.

Information on seasons, species, and laws governing hunters anywhere in Massachusetts is available through Mass.gov and through the state wildlife site Eregulations.com.

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Here are 10 things you should keep in mind if you are allowing hunters on your property.
  1. The 189th General Court of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts says in Section 36 of its general laws, “A person shall not fish, hunt or trap on private land without permission of the owner or tenant thereof, after such owner or tenant has conspicuously posted thereon notices which bear the name of such owner or tenant and which state that fishing, hunting or trapping on such land, as the case may be, is prohibited.”

  2. The minimum age for hunting in Massachusetts is 12, and kids that age must be accompanied by an adult with a valid license.

  3. There are different seasons that various species of animal can be taken in and limits to the numbers taken.

  4. There also are licensing requirements for folks hunting on your property and specific permits or stamps could also be required depending upon the species they are taking.

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  6. Every town has its own rules regarding hunters, even if they are on your land. Check with your clerk to see what they are.

  7. Massachusetts requires hunters to have a hunting license for anyone over age 15 who intends to hunt.

  8. Some individual towns require hunters to have written permission from the landowner to hunt the privately-owned lands.

  9. All hunters regardless of where they are hunting must follow all state and local laws.

  10. Are the hunters after deer? There must be written permission from landowners if the tree stand requires nails, screws, or bolts.

  11. According to Mass.gov, any landowner permitting use of his or her property for recreational hunting without charging a fee is not liable for injuries to recreational users or their property except in cases of willful, wanton, or reckless conduct by the owner.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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