Massachusetts Hunting Seasons – Updated

Welcome to the Massachusetts Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2022-2023.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out “When Is Hunting Season for Massachusetts?”

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

The Massachusetts  hunting season website describes the various types hunting in this State including:-

Deer, Black Bear, Turkey and a wide range of Small Game and Game Bird hunting.

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority’s Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

Massachusetts Deer Hunting Season

The Massachusetts Division Of Fisheries and Wildlife makes the following comments about deer hunting opportunities during hunting season.

“To manage the size of Massachusetts’ deer population, MassWildlife regulates hunting during 3 distinct seasons using 15 wildlife management zones. Right now, we estimate that there are more than 100,000 deer across the state.”

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Shotgun Dec 2-14
Muzzleloaders & Primitive Guns Dec 16-31
youth hunt Sept 28
Disabled hunt Oct 31-Nov 2
Bow Oct 7-Nov 30

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Massachusetts Turkey Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Spring Season General Apr 29-May 25
Fall Season General Oct 21-Nov 2
Spring Season Youth Apr 27

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Massachusetts Small Game Hunting Season

A range of small game hunting opportunities exist during the Massachusetts hunting seasons.

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Coyote Jan 1 – Mar 9 & Oct 19 – Mar 7
Bobcat Jan 1 – Mar 8 & Dec 20 – Mar 7
Fox Jan 1 – Feb 28 & Nov 1 – Feb 29
Cottontail Rabbit Jan 1 – Feb 28 & Oct 19 – Feb 29
Gray Squirrel Sept 9 – Jan 2

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Massachusetts Game Bird Hunting Season

A wide range of Game Bird hunting is available during Massachusetts hunting season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Pheasant Oct 19-Nov 30
Quail Oct 19-Nov 30
Ducks Oct 11-Jan 25
Ruffled Grouse Oct 19-Nov 30
Canada Geese (Early) Sept 3-20 & Sept 23-25
Canada Geese (Late) Jan 18-Feb 15

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website as Game Bird hunting varies by region.

Massachusetts Black Bear Hunting Season

The Massachusetts Division Of Fisheries and Wildlife makes the following comments about deer hunting opportunities during hunting season.

“There are an estimated 4,500+ black bears in Massachusetts. MassWildlife authorizes 3 statewide hunting seasons for black bear.”

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

General Hunting Season Sept 3-21 Nov 4-23 & Dec 2-14

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

I hope you have found this State hunting season information helpful in planning your next great hunting adventure. Please feel free to share this page with your hunting buddies. In addition to these US Hunting Seasons by State pages, you may be interested in these posts.

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Good Luck!!