Hunting Season Safety

Hunting season is back upon us this fall in Massachusetts! Wildlands Trust has four properties that permit hunting during this time: Great River Preserve, Bridgewater; South Triangle Pond Conservation Area, Plymouth; Striar Conservancy, Halifax; and Barnes Rymut Preserve, Halifax. Hunting is prohibited on all other Wildlands Trust properties. Still, boundaries can be confusing and hunters sometimes cross into prohibited areas unknowingly. Please be mindful when you are out in the woods this year, wherever it is that you like to hike, run, or ride. The best way to protect yourself is to wear blaze orange like our staff does!


While hunters are required to wear blaze orange during certain seasons, Mass Wildlife recommends that all outdoor users who are in the woods during hunting season wear blaze orange clothing as a precaution, and that pets wear an orange vest or bandana for visibility.

Pheasant, Quail and Ruffed Grouse season is open Oct. 14 – Nov. 25, Wild Turkey season is Oct. 14 – Nov. 4, and Deer season opens in various stages on Nov. 2, with Nov. 27 – Dec. 9 being shotgun season for Deer. Please see a full list of seasons here:

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Have a great fall, and stay safe!