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Hunting in Massachusetts: 15 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Adults

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:02 PM

Hunting in Massachusetts can be a rewarding pastime as game is plentiful depending upon the region being hunted, but there are rules that apply for who can hunt where and when.

Whether you are after big game such as deer and bear, or after smaller fur bearing animals or birds, everything has a regulation or permit attached.

Here are 15 things you need to know before you head into the woods or to the coastal, marshy areas:

1. Everyone older than 15 must purchase a hunting license when going after any bird or mammal in the inland waters or woods of Massachusetts.

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2. The hunting license can be bought after you successfully complete a basic hunter education course or if you have held a hunting license anywhere in North America prior to 2007.

3. Hunting, fishing, and trapping are all permitted on private land that does not have any posted trespass signs. It is a good idea to contact the landowner in advance of entering a property, though, as a courtesy. And if a trespass sign is posted, you can always ask the landowners to allow access.

4. Obtain written permission from private landowners before trapping on their property; it’s a requirement.

5. Don’t want to carry your license? You can use your mobile device if it can easily be read.

6. But, a tag is required for hunting deer, bear, and turkey. So, hunters must carry a paper copy of the tag attached to the appropriate documentation (i.e. license or permit) on them while hunting.

7. Want to buy a resident license? You need to have lived in Massachusetts for six consecutive months immediately prior to purchase.

8. If you don’t live in the state, you need to buy a non-resident license for hunting, fishing, or trapping.

9. You’ll need a big game license Class H5 for deer, bear, and wild turkey.

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10. If you are a property owner or if you lease property where wildlife lives, you can hunt on it without a hunting, fishing, or trapping license. Permits and stamps are still required, though.

11. Don’t share your permits for bear, turkey, and antlerless deer because they are not transferable. They may only be used by the hunter to whom they are issued.

12. There is a special antlerless deer permit required to take deer during archery, shotgun, and muzzleloader seasons in all zones. The deadline to apply for an antlerless deer permit is July 16 at any license vendor or online through the Mass Fish Hunt system, and only one application per person is allowed.

13. Those who want to hunt bear must buy a special bear permit prior to the end of the second segment of bear season.

14. When hunting turkey, make sure you carry a turkey permit.

15. If you intend to hunt woodcock, rail, coot, snipe, and waterfowl you must complete a Harvest Information Program survey when you buy your license or waterfowl stamp.

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

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