Massachusetts Bird Hunting

Seasons Span October 14 – 
November 25, 2017

Massachusetts Bird Hunting


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Non-Resident License Fees:

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*prior to hunting, always verify all local rules and regulations with the appropriate state agencies because these laws are continually changing and are often area specific
Ruffed Grouse

Massachusetts Ruffed Grouse Season

October 14 – November 25, 2017 

Limits: 3 per day, 6 possession, 15 per season


Massachusetts Woodcock Season

October 5 – October 29, 2016 and October 31 – November 19, 2016

Limits: 3 per day, 9 possession

Bobwhite Quail

Massachusetts Bobwhite Quail Season

Zone 11-14: October 14 – November 25, 2017

Limits: 4 per day, 8 possession, 20 per season

Ring-Necked Pheasant

Massachusetts Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

October 14 – November 25, 2017

Limits: 2 per day, 4 possession, 6 per season

Bird Hunting Buddies

Upland with Friends

It’s easy for me to get caught up in this solo pursuit. The rhythm of walking to the horizon with shotgun in hand appeals to my obsessive nature. Shut out the world and follow the dogs. Simple. Quiet. Rewarding. But decades ago I came to be a bird hunter because of friends sharing their experience … Read more

Brian Koch
Dogs on Water Break

On the Road Again

Driving endless hours. It’s the not-so-glamourous part of this upland hunting pursuit. Thankfully the days afield tend to erase the days of pavement. The two longest drives of the year are always the first and last of the season. The anticipation of getting underway and the dread of completion make the toughest slogs. The 4,200 … Read more

Brian Koch
Elkhorn Ranch North Dakota

Hunting in the Shadow of Roosevelt

When I hunt in North Dakota, my thoughts often drift to Teddy Roosevelt’s days at Elkhorn Ranch — He named his Dakota home for a pair of locked elk skulls he found at the site. Today, centrally located within the million acres of the Little Missouri National Grasslands, Elkhorn is a great place to visit … Read more

Brian Koch