October 04, 2013
Massachusetts Deer Season 2013: Hunting Forecast - 0
Last year was a record year for whitetail deer hunters in Massachusetts. Overall hunters harvested 11,022 deer, while having a record adult male harvest and archery harvest. The population is holding steady at about 90,000, so hunters should have another good season in 2013.
“Every year hunters take some high quality bucks across the state,” said David Stainbrook, deer and moose project leaders for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. “Deer densities range from 10-15 deer per square mile in the western and central parts of the state to over 50 deer per square mile on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.”
Stainbrook also reminds hunters that Pennsylvania is now a chronic wasting disease-positive state, so any deer harvested in Pennsylvania must be de-boned and wrapped prior to transportation into Massachusetts. The Bay State also prohibits electronic calls and deer decoys. And despite the recent attempts to increase the number of days hunters can be in the field, it’s still illegal to hunt on Sunday.