Welcome to to Massachusetts outdoors i have created this blog for the Massachusetts outdoors men and women ,Happy Hunting and Fishing ! Hunters, trappers, and anglers are the backbone of fish and wildlife conservation in Massachusetts. Next time you spot something wild, remember to thank the sportsmen and women who helped keep it that way.
Spring turkey hunting seasons 2018
Spring: Zones 1–13 April 30 – May 26
Fall: Zones 1–13 Oct. 22 – Nov. 3 See “Wild Turkey,” below.
Youth Hunt: Zones 1–13 April 28 (see box below)
Upon harvesting a deer, bear, or turkey, you must immediately fill out and attach the paper tag from your permit or license to the carcass. Your game must remain intact (other than field dressing), with the harvest tag attached, until it is reported. Hunters may report their harvested game online or bring their game to an official check station. All deer harvested during the first week of the shotgun deer season must be brought to an official check station for biological data collection. For detailed information on Online Game Check, visit the Game Check Station page on mass.gov/dfw/checkstation. If you report your harvest online, you will be issued a confirmation number. You must write the number on the harvest tag attached to the carcass. The harvest tag with harvest report confirmation number must remain attached to the carcass until it is prepared for food or taxidermy purposes. Hunters who harvest a deer, bear, or turkey are required to check their game within 48 hours of killing the animal. For a complete list of official checking stations visit mass.gov/dfw/checkstation.
For general furbearer checking requirements.
|Striped Bass||No closed season||28 in||1 fish|
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If you live in Massachusetts and have a problem with a nuisance animal, as explained on Mass.gov, General Law, Chapter 131, Section 37, gives property owners the right to use lawful means to destroy wildlife in the act of causing damage or threatening personal safety.
However landowners may only destroy wildlife actually causing damage or posing immediate threats, and it must be done humanely.
What about moose? Moose are being seen in urban areas as their numbers continue to grow in the state. Killing them is illegal, though. An encounter with a moose during mating season can be dangerous, according to Mass.gov, which describes the moose as having “tunnel vision”
Free Fishing Weekend
June 2 & 3, 2018 —
No freshwater license needed!
The Mass. Dept. of Public Health (MDPH) has issued a statewide advisory for pregnant women, nursing mothers, women who may become pregnant, and children under 12 to refrain from consuming fish caught in freshwater due to elevated levels of mercury in fish. MDPH has also issued fish consumption advisories for the general public on selected bodies of water. For more information or a list of waters with fish consumption advisories, contact MDPH, Bureau of Environmental Health, at (617) 624-5757 or mass.gov/dph.