Massachusetts Hunting Seasons (Updated)

Welcome to the Massachusetts Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2021-2022.

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.

Massachusetts Hunting Seasons

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 CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
ShotgunDec 2-14
Muzzleloaders & Primitive GunsDec 16-31
youth huntSept 28
Disabled huntOct 31-Nov 2
BowOct 7-Nov 30

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

Massachusetts Turkey Hunting Season

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Spring Season GeneralApr 29-May 25
Fall Season GeneralOct 21-Nov 2
Spring Season YouthApr 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 CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
CoyoteJan 1 – Mar 9 & Oct 19 – Mar 7
BobcatJan 1 – Mar 8 & Dec 20 – Mar 7
FoxJan 1 – Feb 28 & Nov 1 – Feb 29
Cottontail RabbitJan 1 – Feb 28 & Oct 19 – Feb 29
Gray SquirrelSept 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 CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
PheasantOct 19-Nov 30
QuailOct 19-Nov 30
DucksOct 11-Jan 25
Ruffled GrouseOct 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 CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
General Hunting SeasonSept 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.