Table of Contents

  • Hunting Hours

    • Designated time frames for lawful hunting
  • Required Licenses

    • Documentation necessary for legal hunting activities
  • Bag Limits

    • Restrictions on the number of game that may be harvested
  • Hunting Implements

    • Authorized equipment for hunting
  • Blaze Orange Requirements

    • Mandatory safety gear for visibility while hunting
  • Tagging, Transporting, and Reporting Requirements

    • Mandated procedures for after the hunt
  • Hunting Season Framework

    • Scheduled times for various hunting seasons
  • Gray Squirrel Hunting Regulations

    • Specific rules for hunting gray squirrels
  • Hunting Methods

    • Approved techniques for hunting
  • Contact Information

    • Ways to reach out for further guidance or information

Hunting hours

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

Required licenses

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

Massachusetts residents:

  • Hunting or sporting license

Non-residents:

  • Small game or big game license

You can buy the license you need through MassFishHunt.

Bag limits

  • 5 per day
  • 10 in possession
  • No annual bag limit

Hunting implements

Shotguns (including muzzleloaders): No larger than #1 birdshot.

Archery: Archery equipment is legal. You must use a device that works by flexing and releasing a bowstring. You may not use poisoned arrows, explosive tips, bows drawn by mechanical means, or any device that propels an arrow, dart, or bolt by gunpowder, compressed air, or any other means. Crossbows may be used only by hunters with a crossbow permit.

Rifles and handguns (including rifled muzzleloaders): Rifles and handguns are legal, except in Wildlife Management Zones 10–14.

Trapping or netting is prohibited.

Blaze orange requirements

Hunters must wear a hunter orange cap when hunting for gray squirrel on WMAs where pheasant or quail are stocked during the pheasant or quail season.

Tagging, transporting, and reporting requirements

You do not have to report harvest for gray squirrels.

Hunting season framework

Gray squirrel may be taken from the first Tuesday after Labor Day to the last day of February in the following calendar year in Zones 1 – 14. Hunting is prohibited on Sundays. Gray squirrel hunting is closed during the 2-week shotgun deer season.

Gray squirrel hunting regulations

This page is to be used as a reference. It doesn't lay out the entire law, and it may change. Refer to the gray squirrel hunting regulations in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, 321 CMR 3.02(7) and to several provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131 for more information about gray squirrel hunting laws and regulations. 

Hunting methods

Wanton waste prohibited: It is unlawful for hunters to intentionally or knowingly leave a wounded or dead game animal in the field or the forest without making a reasonable effort to retrieve and use it. Each retrieved animal shall be retained or transferred to another until processed or used for food, pelt, feathers, or taxidermy. This does not apply to animals unfit for consumption or use—animals and their parts that are damaged, destroyed, decayed, rotting, diseased, or infected.

Contact Information

MassWildlife

Online

Phone

  • Number: (508) 389-6300
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (Closed for lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.)

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