Table of Contents
- Designated time frames for lawful hunting
- Documentation necessary for legal hunting activities
- Restrictions on the number of game that may be harvested
- 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
- Approved techniques for hunting
- Ways to reach out for further guidance or information
Hunting hours begin ½ hour before sunrise and end ½ hour after sunset. Click here for a sunrise/sunset table.
- 5 per day
- 10 in possession
- No annual bag limit
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.
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.
- Email: Mass.Wildlife@mass.gov
- 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.)