Now is the time we need help to push the crossbow bill to the finish line!

We have one week left to get this passed before the current legislative session ends. Please help us by reaching out to your local representatives via phone and email with the following message:


Dear Representaive XXXXX,

Please support S.2249 by advocating to the House Ways and means Chairman, Jeffrey Sanchez to "Move it Out of Committee" for a "FLOOR VOTE" in time for its enactment this year."


Below is the link to find your Representative to call or email now. Focus only on House of Representative members and keep it simple! 

This makes it official!

The bowhunting season has been extended. Click on 'download' below to see the official notice.

Archery Season has been Extended in Massachusetts

After an analysis from staff and consideration of the comments received during the public-comment period, the Fisheries and Wildlife Board voted to accept the proposed amendments to the Archery Deer regulations without any changes at its monthly meeting on May 16, 2018. After a normal review by several other state agencies, the two-week Archery Deer season extension regulation amendment was filed with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office yesterday, on June 27, 2018. It will be promulgated on July 13, 2018, and will be effective immediately, so it will be in effect during the 2018 deer hunting season. ~ Ken Brown VP


321 CMR 3.02(4) Hunting and Tagging of Deer

(b) Open Season. The open season shall be in five periods as follows:

1. Beginning the lastMonday in October and ending the following Saturday, any three days of which may be selected by the Director, there shall be a special season for paraplegics exclusively, who may hunt deer by means of a shotgun not larger than ten gauge, including shotgunswith a rifled bore, bymeans of a muzzle-loading firearm, fired from the shoulder, .44 to .775 caliber, or by means of a bow and arrow. Such hunting shall be limited to those specified areas designated by the Director. During this special season, nothing shall prevent the otherwise lawful hunting of birds and mammals in accordance with established statutes and regulations.

a. In zones 1-9, beginning on the sixth Monday prior to Thanksgiving and ending on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, all days inclusive, there shall be a special season for archers exclusively and during this period deer may be hunted only bymeans of a bow and arrow. In zones 10-14, beginning on the eighth Monday prior to Thanksgiving and ending on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, all days inclusive, except on the tribal lands of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head in the Town of Aquinnah in Dukes County, there shall be a special season for archers exclusively and during this period deer may be hunted only by means of a bow and arrow.

b. Beginning on the thirdMondayprior to the firstMondayinNovember and ending

on the last dayof the primitive firearms season as specified in 321 CMR3.02(4)(b)4., all days inclusive, and only on the tribal lands of theWampanoag Tribe of GayHead in the town of Aquinnah in Dukes County, there shall be a special season for archers. During this period, deer may be hunted only bymeans of a bow and arrow, provided that during the shotgun deer season for Zone 13 as provided for in 321 CMR 3.02(4)(b)3., and during the primitive firearms season as provided for in 321 CMR 3.02(4)(b)4., deer may also be hunted with such firearms as are specified for those seasons.

2. Beginning the first Monday after Thanksgiving and ending the second Saturday thereafter, all days inclusive except Sunday, deer may be hunted throughout Massachusetts bymeans of a shotgun not larger than ten gauge, including shotguns with a rifled bore, bymeans of a muzzle-loading firearm, fired from the shoulder, .44 to .775 caliber, or by means of a bow and arrow.

3. The primitive firearms period of the open season is intended to provide an opportunity to hunt deer in a manner similar to the way our forefathers hunted in the mid-1800's. The primary consideration is to limit the weapons to a type similar to those in common use during that period of history. Basically, thatmeans a single shot, muzzle- loading firearm with limited range and firepower. Secondarily, the hunter participating in this season should have a relative degree of solitude significantly different from the hunting pressure which is characteristic of the shotgun deer season.

Beginning the third Monday after Thanksgiving and ending on December 31st, all days inclusive, deer may be hunted only bymeans of a primitive firearm using a single lead projectile, or bymeans of a bow and arrow. Black powder (or synthetic substances such as "pyrodex" which are approved for competitive muzzle-loading meets by the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association) is the only powder to be used during this season. Primitive firearms may have smooth or rifled bores and shall not contain more than one usable barrel. In the case of primitive firearms with double bore barrels, one barrel shall be made inoperative by removal of the nipple and hammer. The caliber of a primitive firearmshall be not less than .44 normore than .775 and onlythose primitive firearms having a barrel length of 18 inches or longer shall be permitted. A person shall not, except during the paraplegic, Youth Deer Hunt and shotgun deer seasons, have in his or her possession a shotgun shell loaded with a rifled slug, single ball, buckshot of any size, BB shot or air rifle shot in any place where birds or mammals might be found, except on a skeet, trap or target range between sunrise and sunset, and except for the hunting of waterfowl, or coyote as provided in 321 CMR 2.03. During the primitive firearm season, nothing in 321 CMR 3.02(4) shall prevent the otherwise lawful hunting of birds and mammals in accordance with established statutes and regulations.

5. On the fourth Saturday following Labor Day, which shall be the day of the Youth Deer Hunt, minors 12 through 17 years of age who have been issued a Youth Deer Hunt Permit by the Director may hunt for deer by means of a shotgun, not larger than ten gauge, including shotgunswith a rifled bore, bymeans of amuzzle-loading firearm, fired from the shoulder, .44 to .775 caliber, or by

means of a bow and arrow. A Youth Deer Hunt Permit must be obtained by the hunter allowing for the harvest of one deer, valid only on the day of the Youth Deer Hunt, for either, an antlered deer in any Wildlife Management Zone or an antlerless deer in theWildlifeManagement Zone(s) as specified by the Director in the Permit. All minors 12 through 14 years of age taking part in the Youth Deer Hunt are not be required to possess a hunting license or sporting license, but shall possess aYouth Deer Hunt Permit, and be accompanied by a duly licensed adult as required by M.G.L. c. 131, § 14. All minors 15 through 17 years of age taking part in the Youth Deer Hunt shall possess both a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license, and a Youth Deer Hunt Permit. All minors, and the adults who accompany saidminors during the Youth Deer Hunt, shall comply with all applicable law and regulations of the Division, including the provisions of M.G.L. c. 131, §§ 14, 71, and 72 and 321 CMR 3.02(4). During the Youth Deer Hunt, it is prohibited to hunt deer in an area where baiting has occurred up to ten days prior to the Youth Deer Hunt season. Nothing in 321CMR 3.02(4) shall preclude the otherwise lawful hunting of birds and mammals in accordance with the applicable law and regulations of the Division during the Youth Deer Hunt season.

PUBLIC HEARING ON ARCHERY SEASON EXTENSION RESCHEDULED!

 

  The March 7 Public Hearing on Archery Season Regulations will be  held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 7:00 P.M., at the Division of  Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit  Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts, to amend rules and  regulations relating to the archery deer season in Wildlife Management Zones  10-14. https://www.mass.gov/service-details/fisheries-and-wildlife-board-public-hearings   (There will be a Fisheries and Wildlife Board meeting on that same day  beginning at 2 PM and a public hearing on migratory game bird regulations at 3  PM.) 

An Enormous Iowa Whitetail Found Dead

Posted by wideopenspaces.com, click the link to see the story. This was one enormous whitetail! Imagine finding this in the woods. 

Did you miss the Annual Awards Banquet?

Next year's banquet date will be posted soon so be sure to mark you calendars. Members got great deals on some awesome hunts in the US and Africa along with some fabulous vacation experiences. The raffle table was chock full of prizes for men, women & children.

Extended Archery Season Proposed

Extended archery season proposed in zones 10-14  A public hearing to extend the archery deer season in eastern Massachusetts will be held March 7, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA). The proposal is to open the archery deer season two weeks early in Wildlife Management Zones 10-14 (see map below). To read the proposed regulation, go to www.mass.gov/service-details/fisheries-and-wildlife-board-public-hearings.  The current archery deer season opens across the state six weeks before Thanksgiving and closes the Saturday after the holiday. The proposed change opens the archery deer season in WMZs 10-14 eight weeks before Thanksgiving. In WMZs 1-9, the archery deer season would remain the same, opening six weeks before Thanksgiving. The proposed season change will increase hunting opportunities in a region where deer numbers are above management range goals. No changes were recommended for WMZs 1-9, as deer numbers in these zones are within management range goals.   The Fisheries and Wildlife Board will accept written public comment on the proposal at any time prior to the public hearing and for an additional two weeks after the hearing. Written and oral comments are accepted at the public hearing. Comments (both oral and written) must focus on the proposed regulation.  Written comments can be mailed to: Chairman, Fisheries and Wildlife Board, c/o MassWildlife Director  Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581 Public comments by e-mail may be sent to Susan.Sacco@state.ma.us, Attn: Fisheries & Wildlife Board. https://www.mass.gov/news/extended-archery-deer-season-proposed

Dog Leash Regulation Changes for State WMA’s

You folks should be very proud of all the testimony given by each of your representatives for the Dog Leash Reg’s! The DFW Staff, and Board Members told me they were very impressed with the details & accuracy, as reported by County League Members. They have never seen that many sportsmen in attendance or received so many follow up letters from all of your members as well.