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December 2017

Vol. 45, No. 6

A Birder's Guide to HUNTING SEASONS in Massachusetts

Hunting in Massachusetts ramps up in the Fall, but that doesn't mean that birders and hunters can't share the outdoors. Learn where and when hunting may be taking place and review these safety tips to enjoy a more relaxed time outdside!

2017 Seasons*

Deer Youth Hunt Sept. 30
Archery Oct. 16 - Nov. 25
Shotgun Nov. 27 - Dec. 9
Primitive Firearms Dec. 11 - 30
Turkey Youth Hunt Apr. 28, 2018
Fall Oct. 23 - Nov. 4
Spring Apr. 30 - May 26, 2018
Pheasant  Oct. 14 - Nov. 25
Waterfowl  Sept. 1 - Feb. 15, 2018

* Season dates change annually. Full regulations and seasons can be found at

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