Several factors determine whether or not hunting is permitted at a particular reservation, including:
- town laws,
- ecological conditions of reservation, including the health of its plant communities and wildlife,
- historical precedents for hunting,
- the wishes of the donor of the land (where applicable),
- size of the property,
- level of visitation, and
- density of surrounding development.
How do I learn if hunting is allowed on a reservation?
- If hunting is permitted on that reservation during hunting season, it will be listed in the Regulations and Advisories section. Remember: state law prohibits all forms of hunting on Sundays!
- If it is not noted in the Regulations and Advisories section, then hunting is prohibited at that reservation at all times.
- Click here to do a reservation search on hunting to find out where hunting is permitted.
What can visitors do to protect themselves?
- Be alert. Always be alert when visiting reservations during hunting season: On reservations where hunting is permitted, observe signs that are posted, wear bright orange clothing, and hike only on clearly marked trails. See the video at the bottom of the page for more information.
- On reservations where hunting is prohibited, hunting may still take place without the knowledge or consent of The Trustees of Reservations. In addition, where hunting is permitted on adjacent land or in the vicinity of a reservation, but prohibited on the reservation itself, the potential exists for trespass by hunters; in these cases, avoid using trails along reservation boundaries. We encourage the public to report any violations to The Trustees, local police, or state environmental police.
- Be informed. There are a number of simultaneous and overlapping hunting seasons during the year that together make for a longer hunting season than one might think.
Learn more from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ MassWildlife website and watch this video on the importance of wearing blaze orange while hunting.