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Hunting is a great way to get out in nature and truly connect with where your food comes from. Around Buzzards Bay, hunting is open to several different species seasonally, including rabbits, deer, upland game birds and waterfowl. Be sure to follow Massachusetts state regulations to ensure you’re following harvest limits and taking only what’s in season, which helps to preserve our area’s vital biodiversity.

If you are age 15 or older, you need a hunting license. The minimum age for hunting in Massachusetts is 12. Those who are 12-14 may hunt only when accompanied by a licensed hunter 18 years or older, provided that a single bag limit is shared and a single firearm/bow is shared between the two people. Only one minor per adult is permitted.

By state law, you are eligible for a Massachusetts Hunting or Sporting License if you meet one of the following statements:

  • I have earned a government-issued Basic Hunter Education certificate (from any U.S. State, Mexico, or Canada).
  • I held a hunting or sporting license before January 1, 2007 (from any jurisdiction)

All hunters, anglers, and trappers must have their license, permits, and stamps in possession while engaging in these activities. Hunters and anglers may display a true, complete, and legible image of a valid license using a mobile device. Hunters must comply with all tagging requirements. If a tag is required, as it is for hunting deer, bear, and turkey, hunters must carry a paper copy of the license, permits, and tags.

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two people looking out over a salt marsh from an observation platform at Brandt Island Cove District in Mattapoisett
Anchorage Way, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Discover spectacular coastal scenery among protected woods and wetlands at Brandt Island Cove District in Mattapoisett.

Size: 132 acres
Parking: Roadside parking at the end of Anchorage Way and Whalers Way
Facilities: None
A red kayak traveling up the marsh channels of Broad Marsh Conservation Area
Great Neck Rd., Wareham, MA 02751
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Surround yourself with bird-filled salt marshes on a paddle through this water access-only preserve in Wareham.

Parking: None
Facilities: None
A flat stream reflecting the trees in green woods at Carvalho Farm in Fairhaven
201 Shaw Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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An array of stunning habitats fit into a small package at this Fairhaven preserve, featuring fields, forests, and wetlands.

Size: 61 acres
Parking: Street parking on the south side of Shaw Rd. next to the Carvalho Farm field
Facilities: None
Mattapoisett River at dusk
81 Mattapoisett Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Hunt for remnants of an old settlement among fields and forest along the Mattapoisett River at Church's Field in Rochester.

Size: 32 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic table
Stairs along the trail at Dunham's Brook Conservation Area in Westport
1510 Main Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Explore forest, streams, wetlands, and a summer corn field, all at Dunham's Brook Conservation Area in Westport.

Size: 159 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
Young girl at Frances A Crane Wildlife Management Area
744 Nathan Ellis Hwy., Falmouth, MA 02536
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The wildlife-rich forests and fields of East Falmouth's Frances A. Crane welcome hunters, hikers, bikers, and equestrians alike.

Size: 1,800 acres
Parking: Small pull-off on north side of Route 151 (western area); Large unpaved parking area at end of dirt road off Route 151 between Hamilton Tree and Allietta softball field (eastern area); Small unpaved parking area on Hayway Road (southern area)
Facilities: None
Profile Rock at Freetown-Fall River State Forest
110 Slab Bridge Rd., Freetown, MA 02702
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For a true adventure, head to vast Freetown-Fall River State Forest, part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve.

Size: 5,441 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area at forest headquarters; Medium-sized unpaved parking areas at Profile Rock and on Copicut Road and Bell Rock Road; Roadside parking at trailheads throughout forest
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash
129 Hartley Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Take in scenic water and woodland views around the seven ponds of this wildlife management area in Rochester.

Size: 70 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area off Hartley Road (space for 3-4 cars)
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
Tall, ramrod-straight trees along the trail at Haskell Swamp Wildlife Management Area
200 Dexter Ln., Rochester, MA 02770
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This 3,100-acre forest in Rochester, Marion, and Mattapoisett is maintained for hunting, though adventurous explorers will also find much to love.

Size: 3,104 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area at the end of Dexter Lane
Facilities: None
fallen tree on Acushnet River in autumn
Blain Street, Acushnet, MA 02743
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With nearly 50 acres of meadows and forests on the Acushnet River, LaPalme Farm celebrates Acushnet’s pastoral charm.

Size: 47 acres
Parking: Limited street parking at the end of Blain Street
Facilities: None
people walking through the woods at Myles Standish State Forest
194 Cranberry Rd., Carver, MA 02366
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With over 12,000 acres to hike, bike, fish, camp, and hunt, you'll never run out of ways to have fun at Myles Standish in Carver.

Size: 12,400 acres
Parking: Several paved parking areas throughout forest
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Visitor Center
Two women walking on a trail of bog boards through a muddy part of the woods.
325 New Boston Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Groves of stately beech trees shade New Boston Trail in Fairhaven, where you can take in peaceful views of forest and wetland habitat.

Size: 66.9 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None
A misty dawn over the wildflowers of Old Aucoot District in Mattapoisett
18 Bowman Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Travel miles of trail through wildflower meadows, coastal forests, and wetlands at Old Aucoot District in Mattapoisett.

Size: 307 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area at the end of Bowman Road; small unpaved parking area on east side of Prospect Road, across from Spruce Avenue; small unpaved pull-off near kiosk on west side of Hollywoods Road
Facilities: None
flat trail through the forest at Rocky Gutter Wildlife Management Area in Middleborough
Rocky Gutter Street, Middleborough, MA
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Take a wild adventure through thousands of acres of remote forest and swamp at Rocky Gutter in Middleborough.

Size: 3,178 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas on either end of Rocky Gutter Street (Purchase Street and France Street); a third small unpaved parking area on Wildlife Area Access Road at Purchase Street and Faye Avenue
Facilities: None
Mattapoisett River from Shoolman Preserve in Rochester
204 New Bedford Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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This farm and forest along the Mattapoisett River in Rochester was preserved for birds — and explorers like you!

Size: 79.74
Parking: Roadside parking along New Bedford Road
Facilities: Picnic table
freshwater swamp at The Bogs in autumn
138 Acushnet Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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In the heart of the Mattapoisett River valley lies The Bogs, an oasis of forests, freshwater swamps, and cranberry bogs.

Size: 212 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area on Acushnet Road
Facilities: None
vernal pool at the Woodcock Preserve in Mattapoisett
29 Long Plain Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Tinkhamtown Woodlands and neighboring Woodcock Preserve include over 100 acres in the Mattapoisett River Reserve.

Size: 107 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area on Long Plain Road
Facilities: None
the remnants of a former mill on Tinkham Pond in Mattapoisett
Acushnet Road, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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History and nature abound at Tripps Mill, a scenic trail and fishing spot on Tinkham Pond in Mattapoisett.

Size: 212 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area on Acushnet Road
Facilities: None

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