MEMBERSHIP

HUNTING IS NOT ALLOWED ON PROPERTIES OWNED BY THE NRT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE GREAT WOODS.

Hunters must observe “discharge setback” as defined by state law which prohibits the discharge of any firearm or release of any arrow across or within 150 feet of a “hard-surfaced highway” or the possession of a loaded firearm, discharge of a firearm, or hunting on the land of another within 500 feet of any dwelling or building in use, except as authorized by the owner or occupant thereof. Apps are available to help hunters identify property lines.

Follow all federal, state, and local laws while hunting on conservation land.

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 21, Section 17C protects landowners from liability for “personal injuries or property damage” when they permit the public to use their land for “recreational, conservation, scientific, educational, environmental, ecological, research, religious, or charitable purposes without imposing a charge or fee…” Landowners are protected by this statute unless they charge a fee for access to their land.

Please refer to MassWildlife Hunting Home Page for additional hunting and fishing information.

HUNTING HOURS

Hunting hours are from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset on each day of open season
(see MassWildlife Sunrise-Sunset table) except for:

  • Hunting for rabbit, hare, fox and coyote which closes at midnight.
  • Spring turkey hunting.
  • Raccoon and opossum hunting.
  • WMA Reg. #10 which states that no person shall hunt before sunrise or after sunset on any WMA where pheasant or quail are stocked during the pheasant or quail season (Oct. 15 through Nov. 26) except for the hunting of raccoons and opossums between 9pm and 3am.
  • Migratory birds ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.