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Massachusetts - 2016-17 Season

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Season/ZoneDatesNotes
Duck, Coot & Merganser
Berkshire
Oct 10 - Nov 26
Dec 5 - Dec 24
West of a line running from the VT border, southward along I-91 to Rte 9, West on Rte 9 to Rte 10, South on Rte 10 to Rte 202 and South on Rte 202 to the CT line
Duck, Coot & Merganser
Central
Oct 11 - Nov 26
Dec 12 - Jan 2
East of the Berkshire zone line and west of a boundary that runs from the NH line southward on I-95 to Rte 1, South on Rte 1 to I-93, South on I-93 to Rte 3, South on Rte 3 to Rte 6, West on Rte 6 to Rte 28, West on Rte 28 to I-195, West on Rte I-195 to the RI line except the waters and the lands 150 yards above the high water mark of the Assonet River to the Rte 24 bridge and the Taunton River to the Center Street/Elm Street bridge, which are in the Coastal Zone
Duck, Coot & Merganser
Coastal
Oct 14 - Oct 22
Nov 17 - Jan 16
Eastward and southward of the Central zone line to the coast
Regular Goose
Berkshire
Oct 10 - Nov 26
Dec 5 - Dec 13
Excludes Snow & Blue goose
Regular Goose
Central
Oct 11 - Nov 26
Dec 12 - Jan 13
Regular Goose
Coastal
Oct 14 - Oct 22
Nov 17 - Jan 27
Early Canada GooseSep 6 - Sep 23Statewide
Late Canada GooseCentral: Jan 16 - Feb 4
N. Coastal: Jan 28 - Feb 15
Snow & Blue GooseSame as ducks
Late Snow & Blue GooseSame as Late Canada GooseCentral & North Coastal Zones only
Sea DuckNov 21 - Jan 28Scoter, Eider & Long-tailed duck
BrantNov 21 - Jan 28Coastal Zone only
FalconryOct 8 - Feb 8Duck and Coot only, no geese
YouthSep 24 & Oct 8Statewide. Open to hunters age 12-15 accompanied by a licensed adult hunter with a valid MA waterfowl stamp. No license or stamp required for hunters age 12-14. No federal stamp required.

Additional Information

Bag LimitSpeciesDaily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
Ducks6, including no more than:
  • 1 black duck
  • 2 canvasbacks
  • 1 fulvous whistling
  • 2 hooded merganser
  • 4 mallard (max. 2 female)
  • 1 mottled duck
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 redhead
  • 2 scaup
  • 3 wood duck
  • NO harlequin
  • 4 of all other species
Coots15
Mergansers5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
Geese
Regular season
3
Geese
Early Canada
7
Geese
Late Canada
5
Geese
Snow & Blue
15
Sea Ducks5, including no more than:
  • 4 scoters
  • 4 eiders (max. 1 female)
  • 4 long-tailed ducks
Brant2
Falconry3
Hunting TimesAreaTimes
Statewide1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Arms & AmmoTypeDetails
ArcheryBow and arrow allowed
Crossbows only allowed for those duly permitted
FalconryLimit 3 daily
No Sunday hunting
Shotgun10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells. Fired from the shoulder
ShotMust be non-toxic and BBB size or smaller