Table of Contents

  • Hunting Hours

    • Designated times for legal hunting
  • Required Licenses

    • Necessary documentation for hunters
  • Bag Limits

    • Maximum take allowances for hunters
  • Hunting Zones

    • Defined geographic areas for hunting
  • Hunting Implements

    • Approved gear for hunting activities
  • Hunting Methods

    • Legal tactics for pursuing game
  • Blaze Orange Requirements

    • Mandatory visibility apparel for hunters
  • Trapping

    • Regulations surrounding the capture of wildlife
  • Tagging, Transporting, and Reporting Requirements

    • Post-hunt protocol for game handling
  • Hunting Season Framework

    • Outline of hunting seasons and dates
  • Fox Hunting Regulations

    • Specific rules governing the hunting of foxes
  • Contact Information

    • Details for reaching out to regulatory authorities

Hunting hours

Hunting hours begin ½ hour before sunrise and end at midnight. Click here for a sunrise/sunset table.

Required licenses

To hunt foxes in Massachusetts you must have certain licenses, which you can buy through MassFishHunt.

Massachusetts residents:

  • Hunting or sporting license

Non-residents:

  • Small game or big game license

Bag limits

None

Hunting zones

All Wildlife Management Zones statewide.

Hunting Implements

Shotguns

  • Shot Size: Up to #1 birdshot (≤ 0.160 inches pellet diameter).

Archery Equipment

  • Legal Tackle: All archery gear, no pull strength minimum.
  • Crossbow Use: By permit only.
  • Prohibitions:
    • Poisoned arrows
    • Explosive tips
    • Mechanically drawn bows

Rifles and Handguns

  • Daytime (½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset):
    • No size or caliber restrictions
  • Nighttime (½ hour after sunset to midnight):
    • Rifles: Limited to .22 long rifle or smaller
    • Handguns: Limited to .38 caliber or smaller

Muzzleloaders

  • Smooth Bore:
    • Only up to #1 birdshot allowed
  • Rifled Bore:
    • No caliber size limitations

Hunting Methods

Legal Methods

  • Electronic Calls: Permitted.
  • Manual Calls: Allowed.
  • Decoys: Legal for use.
  • Bait: Acceptable to use.
  • Use of Dogs: Permissible in hunting.

Prohibited Practices

  • Artificial Light: Illegal to use.
  • Wanton Waste:
    • Obligation to retrieve wounded or dead game.
    • Usage requirement: Game must be kept or given to another for consumption or use (food, pelt, feathers, or taxidermy).
    • Exception: Does not apply to game unfit for use due to damage, decay, or disease.

Blaze Orange Requirements

  • Pheasant/Quail Season: Mandatory blaze orange cap on stocked Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)

Trapping

Learn more about fox trapping.

Fox Harvest Reporting Requirements

Reporting Timeframe

  • Reporting Deadline:
    • Fox harvest must be reported within 48 hours of harvest.

Reporting Options

  • Methods:

    • Report at an official check station or online through the designated platform.
  • Confirmation Number:

    • If reporting online, write the confirmation number on a tag.

Attachment Guidelines

  • Tag Attachment:

    • Attach the tag with the confirmation number to the fox carcass or pelt.
  • Duration:

    • The confirmation number must remain attached until the pelt or carcass is prepared for mounting, sold, or tanned.

Hunting season framework

November 1 – last day of February the following year. Hunting is prohibited on Sundays. Fox hunting is closed during the shotgun deer season.

Fox hunting regulations

This page is to be used as a reference, it is not the entire law and is subject to change. You can refer to the fox, coyote, and bobcat hunting regulations in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, 321 CMR 3.02(3) and to several provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131 for more information about fox hunting laws and regulations.

MassWildlife Contact Information

Online

Phone

  • Call MassWildlife at:

    • Contact MassWildlife by phone at (508) 389-6300.
  • Hours:

    • MassWildlife's phone lines are open from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed from noon to 12:30 for lunch).

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