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Hunting in Massachusetts: 10 Animals To Hunt in the Winter

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:22 PM

Winter hunters in Massachusetts can legally harvest 10 types of animals, making it one of the most popular seasons for hunting.

There are date requirements and permit requirements for some of the animals, as well as zone and permitting restrictions that can be found on the state website. Hunting in the Massachusetts winter season begins in December, but the dates of hunting season actually fluctuate.

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A state-issued hunting license is required to hunt any animals, and hunter orange must be worn while in the woods, according to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

1. Deer are perhaps the most commonly sought big-game animals, which may be hunted, except on Sundays, starting the third week of October. Hunting can begin a half hour before sunrise and wraps up a half hour after sunset. Broken down by method, deer may be taken by archery between the start of the season and the last week of November, the MDFW said. Shotgun hunting can be done between the last week of November to the second week of December, and the use of primitive firearms is restricted to between the second week of December and the last day of the year. The season limit on deer is set at two antlered and non-antlered by permit for a total of two animals.

2. Cottontail rabbit can be taken in zones 1-12 from the third week of October through the end of February, and in zones 13 and 14 from the third week of November through the last day of February. Bag limit is set to five.

3. Snowshoe hare in zones 1 through 4 can be taken from the third week of October to the last day in February, and in zones 5 through 12 from the third week of October through early February. In zones 13 and 14 they can be taken from the third week of November through early February. There’s a two animal bag limit per day.

4. Jackrabbit may be hunted only in zone 14 starting the third week of November through the last day of December. They are limited to one animal per season.

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5. Gray squirrel can be hunted in zones 1 to 9 from the end of the third week in September until early January, and in zone 10 to 14 from the third week of October to early January. The limit is five per day.
http://www.eregulations.com/massachusetts/huntingandfishing/rabbits-squirrels/

6. Bobcat can be hunted in zones 1 to 8 from the third week in December to the end of the first week in March.

7. Coyote are legally taken from the middle of the third week of October to the end of the first week of March.

8. Red or gray fox can be hunted from the second day in November through the last day of February.

9. Raccoon are hunted legally from the first day of October to the last day of January.

10. Opossum can be killed from the first of October to the last of January.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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