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.