Table of Contents for License Fees and Information

  • All 2023 Fishing and Hunting License Fees

    • Comprehensive list of costs for current year licenses
  • 2024 Freshwater Fishing License Fees

    • Pricing for licenses specific to freshwater fishing in the coming year
  • 2024 Saltwater Fishing Permit Fees

    • Costs associated with permits for saltwater fishing activities in the next year
  • 2024 Sporting (Combination) License Fees

    • Fees for licenses that combine fishing and hunting privileges
  • 2024 Hunting License Fees

    • Cost details for hunting licenses in the upcoming calendar year
  • 2024 Trapping License and Permit Fees

    • Pricing for trapping-related authorizations for the next year
  • 2024 Hunting Permit and Stamp Fees

    • Information on expected expenses for various hunting permits and conservation stamps
  • What Your License Purchases Fund

    • Explanation of how the revenue from license sales is allocated and used
  • Contact Information

    • How to get in touch for queries about licenses and fees

2023 Freshwater Fishing License Fees

For Residents

  • Resident Fishing: $29.50
  • Resident Minor Fishing (Age 15–17): FREE
  • Resident Fishing (Age 65–69): $14.75
  • Resident Fishing (Age 70 or over), or Paraplegic, Blind, Intellectually Disabled: FREE

For Non-Residents

  • Non-resident Fishing: $39.50
  • Non-resident Minor Fishing (Age 15–17): $7.10

Short-term Licenses

  • Resident Fishing (3-day): $12.50
  • Non-resident Fishing (3-day): $23.30

Special Permit

  • Quabbin Reservoir 1-day Fishing: $5.00

Additional Information

  • The prices listed do not include the $5 "Wildlands Conservation Stamp" added to the first resident license purchased each year and all non-resident licenses.
  • Discounted licenses are only available to US citizens.
  • Certain eligibility conditions, such as being paraplegic, blind, or intellectually disabled, require pre-approval for first-time applicants and cannot be purchased online. For more information, contact MassWildlife at (508) 389-6300.

2023 Saltwater Fishing Permit Fees

Saltwater Fishing Permit

  • Anglers under 60: $10.00
  • Anglers 60 and over: FREE

2023 Sporting (Combination) License Fees

Resident Sporting License

  • Includes 2 antlered deer tags valid statewide: $54.00

Resident Sporting License (Age 65–69)

  • Includes 2 antlered deer tags valid statewide: $27.00

Resident Sporting License (Age 70 or over, includes trapping)

  • Includes 2 antlered deer tags valid statewide: FREE

Resident/Non-resident Sporting, Paraplegic

  • Includes 2 antlered deer tags valid statewide: FREE

Additional Information

  • Prices listed do not include the $5 "Wildlands Conservation Stamp" added to the first resident license purchased each year and all non-resident licenses.
  • Discounted licenses are available only to US citizens.
  • Certain eligibility conditions, such as being paraplegic, require pre-approval for first-time applicants and cannot be purchased online. For more information, contact MassWildlife at (508) 389-6300.

2023 Hunting License Fees

Resident Hunting License

  • Includes 2 antlered deer tags valid statewide: $29.50

Resident Minor Hunting License (Age 15–17)

  • Includes 2 antlered deer tags valid statewide: $6.50

Resident Hunting License (Age 65–69)

  • Includes 2 antlered deer tags valid statewide: $14.75

Resident/Non-resident Hunting, Paraplegic

  • Includes 2 antlered deer tags valid statewide: FREE

Non-resident Hunting, Big Game (age 15 and over)

  • Includes 2 antlered deer tags valid statewide: $101.50

Non-resident Hunting, Small Game (age 15 and over)

  • Price: $67.50

Commercial Shooting Preserve License

  • Resident (1-day): $7.00
  • Non-resident (1-day): $11.00

Additional Information

  • Prices listed do not include the $5 "Wildlands Conservation Stamp" added to the first resident license purchased each year and all non-resident licenses.
  • Discounted licenses are available only to US citizens.
  • Certain eligibility conditions, such as being paraplegic, require pre-approval for first-time applicants and cannot be purchased online. For more details, visit MassWildlife's official site or contact them at (508) 389-6300.

2023 Trapping License and Permit Fees

Resident Trapping License

  • Price: $34.00

Resident Minor Trapping License (Age 12–17)

  • Price: $6.50

Resident Trapping License (Age 65–69)

  • Price: $17.00

Non-resident Trapping Permit

  • Price: $206.00

Resident Fur Buyer Permit

  • Price: $36.00

Non-resident Fur Buyer Permit

  • Price: $96.00

Additional Information

  • Prices listed do not include the $5 "Wildlands Conservation Stamp" added to the first resident license purchased each year and all non-resident licenses.
  • Discounted licenses are available only to US citizens.
  • For first-time applicants requiring pre-approval, please contact Bob Arini at Bob.Arini@mass.gov.

2024 Freshwater Fishing License Fees

Resident Fishing License

  • Price: $33.00

Resident Minor Fishing License (Age 15–17)

  • Price: FREE

Resident Fishing License (Age 65–69)

  • Price: $16.50

Resident Fishing License (Age 70 or over)

  • Price: FREE
    • Eligibility: Or paraplegic, blind, intellectually disabled

Non-resident Fishing License

  • Price: $43.00

Non-resident Minor Fishing License (Age 15–17)

  • Price: $7.40

Resident Fishing License (3-day)

  • Price: $15.00

Non-resident Fishing License (3-day)

  • Price: $25.70

Quabbin Reservoir 1-day Fishing

  • Price: $5.00

Additional Information

  • The prices listed do not include the $5 "Wildlands Conservation Stamp" added to the first resident license purchased each year and all non-resident licenses.
  • Discounted licenses are available only to US citizens.
  • Requires pre-approval for first-time applicants and cannot be purchased online. For more information or assistance, contact MassWildlife at (508) 389-6300.

2024 Saltwater Fishing Permit Fees

Saltwater Fishing Permit (Anglers Under 60)

  • Price: $10.00

Saltwater Fishing Permit (Anglers 60 and Over)

  • Price: FREE

2024 Sporting (Combination) License Fees

A sporting license is a combination hunting and freshwater fishing license. All sporting licenses include 2 antlered deer tags valid statewide.

Resident Sporting License

  • Price: $61.00

Resident Sporting License (Age 65–69)

  • Price: $30.50

Resident Sporting License (Age 70 or Over, Includes Trapping)

  • Price: FREE

Resident/Non-resident Sporting, Paraplegic

  • Price: FREE

2024 Hunting License Fees

Resident Hunting License

  • Price: $33.00

Resident Minor Hunting License (Age 15–17)

  • Price: $6.50

Resident Hunting License (Age 65–69)

  • Price: $16.50

Resident/Non-resident Hunting, Paraplegic

  • Price: FREE

Non-resident (Age 15 and Over) Hunting, Big Game

  • Price: $105.00

Non-resident (Age 15 and Over) Hunting, Small Game

  • Price: $71.00

Resident Commercial Shooting Preserve (1-day)

  • Price: $8.00

Non-resident Commercial Shooting Preserve (1-day)

  • Price: $14.00

Additional Notes

  • Prices do not include the $5 "Wildlands Conservation Stamp" added to the first resident license purchased each year and all non-resident licenses.
  • Discounted licenses are available only to US citizens.
  • Requires pre-approval for first-time applicants or cannot be purchased online. For more information, contact MassWildlife at (508) 389-6300.

2024 Trapping License and Permit Fees

Resident Trapping

  • Price: $36.00

Resident Minor Trapping (Age 12–17)

  • Price: $6.50

Resident Trapping (Age 65–69)

  • Price: $18.00

Non-resident Trapping Permit

  • Price: $209.00

Resident Fur Buyer Permit

  • Price: $39.00

Non-resident Fur Buyer Permit

  • Price: $99.00

Note: Prices do not include the $5 "Wildlands Conservation Stamp" added to the first resident license purchased each year and all non-resident licenses. Discounted licenses are only available to US citizens. Requires pre-approval for first-time applicants.

2024 Hunting Permit and Stamp Fees

Wildlands Stamp

  • Resident: $5.00
  • Non-resident: $5.00

Antlerless Deer Permit (When Issued)

  • Resident: $10.00
  • Non-resident: $20.00

Archery Deer Season Stamp

  • Resident: $10.00
  • Non-resident: $20.00

Primitive Firearms Deer Season Stamp

  • Resident: $10.00
  • Non-resident: $20.00

Bear Permit

  • Resident: $10.00
  • Non-resident: $20.00

Pheasant/Quail Permit

  • Resident: $12.00
  • Non-resident: $18.00

Turkey Permit

  • Resident: $10.00
  • Non-resident: $20.00

Massachusetts Waterfowl Stamp

  • Resident: $10.00
  • Non-resident: $20.00

What Your License Purchases Fund

Funding Allocation

  • Freshwater Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping License Funds: Directed to the Inland Fish and Game Fund, exclusively supporting MassWildlife programs and services.
  • Saltwater Fishing Permit Funds: Allocated to the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund, managed by the Division of Marine Fisheries.

Administrative and Convenience Fees

  • Managed by a third-party vendor for MassFishHunt operations.
  • In-person vendor transactions include an agent fee.

Online Purchase Fees

  • Administrative Fee: $1.45 per license.
  • Convenience Fee: 2% on the total transaction.

In-person Vendor Purchase Fees

  • Administrative Fee: $1.45 per license.
  • Agent Fee: Up to $1.50.

City or Town Clerk Office Purchase Fees

  • Administrative Fee: $1.45 per license.
  • Agent Fee: $1.00.

MassWildlife or Division of Marine Fisheries Office Purchases

  • No additional fees but only cash or check payments are accepted.

License Fee Increases

  • Starting in 2022, fees for certain licenses, permits, and stamps will incrementally rise over 5 years, marking the first increase in 26 years.

For detailed information on MassWildlife funding and the 5-year fee schedule, visit MassWildlife Funding.

Contact Information

MassWildlife

Division of Marine Fisheries

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