Deer Hunting in Massachusetts 2013

Massachusetts, Antler Nation State, Deer Hunting in Massachusetts




Est. Whitetail Population


No. Licenses Sold Annually


Resident hunting license is $27.50 plus $5.10 archery stamp and $5.10 primitive firearms stamp.

Resident hunting license and deer permit


Nonresident big game license is $99.50 plus archery and primitive weapons stamps.

Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

193 3/8"

Taken by Kajetan Sovinski in Franklin County in 2002, ranked No. 67 of all time.

Record B&C Typical Stat


Total B&C Typical Entries

189 2/8"

Taken by Robert Heyes in Worcester County in 2004.

Record B&C Non-Typical Stat


Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Season Dates (2013): Archery season runs Oct. 21 to Nov. 30. Shotgun season goes from Dec. 2-14. Primitive firearms season is Dec. 16-31.

The Grade: C+

Massachusetts is a pretty densely populated place (third in the country), but there's still some good deer hunting here. Annual harvest runs around 10,000 deer, you can take two bucks in a year, and antlerless tags are practically unlimited. The only drawback is that public land doesn't abound. Nevertheless, there's a decent Wildlife Management Area system and most state forests and parks permit hunting.

Antler Nation Knowledge: Massachusetts isn't known for its huge bucks, but they do roam here. Suburban areas and bowhunting are your best opportunities for a bruiser. As you go to the western side of the state, big woods give bucks a chance of growing old, but antlers generally don't grow as large due to the poorer soil.