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Title 50Chapter ISubchapter CPart 32Subpart B → §32.40


Title 50: Wildlife and Fisheries
PART 32—HUNTING AND FISHING
Subpart B—Refuge-Specific Regulations for Hunting and Fishing


§32.40   Massachusetts.

The following refuge units are open for hunting and/or fishing as governed by applicable Federal and State regulations, and are listed in alphabetical order with additional refuge-specific regulations.

(a) Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge—(1) Migratory game bird hunting. We allow hunting of woodcock on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) Hunters must obtain and possess a refuge-specific hunting permit (electronic form) to hunt on the refuge.

(ii) You may begin scouting hunting areas 4 weeks prior to the opening day of your permitted season. We require possession of a valid refuge hunting permit while scouting.

(iii) We allow the use of dogs to retrieve game.

(2) Upland game hunting. We allow hunting of ruffed grouse, gray squirrel, and cottontail rabbit on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) We allow only shotgun hunting for ruffed grouse, cottontail rabbit, and gray squirrel within those portions of the refuge located north of Hudson Road, except those areas north of Hudson Road designated as “archery only” hunting.

(ii) The conditions set forth at paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (iii) of this section apply.

(3) Big game hunting. We allow hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) We allow shotgun and muzzleloader hunting of white-tailed deer, as well as shotgun hunting of turkey, within the portions of the refuge located north of Hudson Road, except those areas north of Hudson Road that are designated as “archery only” hunting.

(ii) We allow archery deer and archery turkey hunting within all portions of the refuge during the hunting seasons for these species.

(iii) The conditions set forth at paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (ii) of this section apply.

(iv) We prohibit organized deer drives. We define a “deer drive” as an organized or planned effort to pursue, drive, chase, or otherwise frighten or cause deer to move in the direction of any person(s) who is part of the organized or planned hunt and known to be waiting for the deer.

(v) One nonhunting companion may accompany each permitted hunter. We prohibit nonhunting companions from hunting, but they may assist in other means. All companions must carry identification and stay with the hunter.

(vi) Hunters may use temporary tree stands and/or ground blinds while engaged in hunting deer during the applicable archery, shotgun, or muzzleloader deer seasons or while hunting turkey. We allow hunters to keep one tree stand or ground blind on the refuge during the permitted season. Hunters must mark ground blinds with their permit number. Hunters must mark tree stands with their permit number so that all numbers are visible from the ground. Hunters must remove all temporary tree stands and ground blinds by 15 days after the end of the permitted season (see §27.93 of this chapter).

(4) Sport fishing. We allow sport fishing on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) We allow catch-and-release fishing only.

(ii) We allow the use of live bait with the exception of any amphibians or reptiles (frogs, salamanders, etc.).

(b) Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge—(1) Migratory game bird hunting. We allow hunting of duck and goose on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following condition: We allow the use of dogs to retrieve game.

(2) [Reserved]

(3) Big game hunting. We allow archery hunting of whitetail deer on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) Hunters must obtain and possess a valid refuge hunting permit (electronic form) to hunt deer on the refuge.

(ii) We allow archery hunting of deer only. We prohibit the use of firearms for hunting deer on the refuge.

(iii) Hunters may begin scouting hunting areas beginning 4 weeks prior to the opening day of their permitted season. We require possession of a valid refuge hunting permit (electronic form) while scouting.

(iv) We allow one nonhunting companion to accompany each permitted hunter. We prohibit nonhunting companions from hunting, but they can assist in other means. All companions must carry identification and stay with the hunter.

(v) We prohibit organized deer drives. We define a “deer drive” as an organized or planned effort to pursue, drive, chase, or otherwise frighten or cause deer to move in the direction of any person(s) who is part of the organized or planned hunt and known to be waiting for the deer.

(vi) You may use temporary tree stands and/or ground blinds while engaged in hunting deer during the applicable archery season. We allow hunters to keep one tree stand or ground blind on each refuge during the permitted season. Hunters must mark ground blinds with their permit number. Hunters must mark tree stands with their permit number so that all numbers are visible from the ground. Hunters must remove all temporary tree stands and ground blinds by 15 days after the end of the permitted deer season (see §27.93 of this chapter).

(4) Sport fishing. We allow sport fishing on designated areas of the refuge.

(c) Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge—(1) Migratory game bird hunting. We allow migratory game bird hunting on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) Hunters may enter the refuge no earlier than 12 hour before legal sunrise and must leave the refuge no later than 12 hour after legal sunset.

(ii) We allow the use of dogs to retrieve game.

(2) Upland game hunting. We allow hunting of coyote, fox, raccoon, opossum, gray squirrel, quail, pheasant, crow, and ruffed grouse on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following condition: The conditions set forth at paragraphs (c)(1)(i) and (ii) of this section apply.

(3) Big game hunting. We allow hunting of white-tailed deer and wild turkey on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) The condition set forth at paragraph (c)(1)(i) of this section applies.

(ii) We prohibit organized deer drives. We define a “deer drive” as an organized or planned effort to pursue, drive, chase, or otherwise frighten or cause deer to move in the direction of any person(s) who is part of the organized or planned hunt and known to be waiting for the deer.

(4) [Reserved]

(d) Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge—(1) Migratory game bird hunting. We allow hunting of waterfowl (duck, goose, and coot) on designated areas of the refuge by boat only subject to the following condition: We allow the use of dogs for retrieving game.

(2)-(3) [Reserved]

(4) Sport fishing. We allow sport fishing on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) We allow fishing on the portions of the Monomoy Islands that we do not post as closed to public use from legal sunrise to legal sunset.

(ii) We allow surf fishing from the Morris Island shore 24 hours a day.

(e) Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge. (1)-(3) [Reserved]

(4) Sport fishing. We allow sport fishing on designated areas of the refuge.

(f) Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge—(1) Migratory game bird hunting. We allow hunting of waterfowl, woodcock, and Wilson's snipe on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) Hunters must obtain and possess a refuge-specific hunting permit to hunt on the refuge.

(ii) Hunters may begin scouting hunting areas 4 weeks prior to the opening day of your permitted season. We require possession of a valid refuge hunting permit (electronic form) while scouting.

(iii) We allow the use of dogs to retrieve game.

(iv) One nonhunting companion may accompany each permitted hunter. We prohibit nonhunting companions from hunting, but they can assist in other means. All companions must carry identification and stay with the hunter.

(2) Upland game hunting. We allow hunting of ruffed grouse, gray squirrel, and eastern cottontail rabbit on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following condition: The condition set forth at paragraph (f)(1)(i) of this section applies.

(3) Big game hunting. We allow hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) We allow shotgun, archery, and muzzleloader hunting of white-tailed deer, as well as shotgun and archery hunting of turkey, within the portions of the refuge located south of Massachusetts Route 2 and west of the B&M railroad tracks.

(ii) We allow archery deer and archery turkey hunting within the portions of the refuge located south of Massachusetts Route 2 and east of the B&M railroad tracks, and within the portions of the refuge along the easterly side of the Nashua River located north of the commuter rail tracks in Ayer, Massachusetts.

(iii) We allow archery deer hunting as well as shotgun and archery turkey hunting within the portions of the refuge located north of Massachusetts Route 2 and south of Hospital Road, and within the portions of the refuge along the westerly side of the Nashua River located north of the commuter rail tracks in Shirley, Massachusetts.

(iv) The conditions set forth at paragraphs (f)(1)(i) and (iv) of this section apply.

(v) Hunters may begin scouting hunting areas 4 weeks prior to the opening day of your permitted season. We require possession of a valid refuge hunting permit (electronic form) while scouting.

(vi) We prohibit organized deer drives. We define a “deer drive” as an organized or planned effort to pursue, drive, chase, or otherwise frighten or cause deer to move in the direction of any person(s) who is part of the organized or planned hunt and known to be waiting for the deer.

(vii) Hunters may use temporary tree stands and/or ground blinds while engaged in hunting deer during the applicable archery, shotgun, or muzzleloader deer seasons or while hunting turkey. We allow hunters to keep one tree stand or ground blind on the refuge during the permitted season. Hunters must mark ground blinds with their permit number. Hunters must mark tree stands with their permit number so that all numbers are visible from the ground. Hunters must remove all temporary tree stands and ground blinds by 15 days after the end of the permitted season (see §27.93 of this chapter).

(4) Sport fishing. We allow sport fishing in designated areas of the refuge.

(g) Parker River National Wildlife Refuge—(1) Migratory game bird hunting. We allow hunting of migratory game birds on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) We allow hunting 12 hour before legal sunrise to 12 hour after legal sunset.

(ii) We prohibit the use of centerfire rifles and handguns to hunt any species.

(iii) We prohibit shooting across refuge roads, across boundaries, and within or into administratively closed zones.

(iv) We allow the use of dogs for retrieving game, but prohibit the use of dogs to hunt furbearers.

(v) We prohibit launching motorized boats for scouting purposes prior to hunting.

(vi) We allow crow hunting only from September 1 through February 28.

(2) Upland game hunting. We allow hunting of upland game on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following condition: The conditions set forth at paragraphs (g)(1)(i) through (v) of this section apply.

(3) Big game hunting. We allow hunting of white-tailed deer and wild turkey on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) The conditions set forth at paragraphs (g)(1)(i) through (v) of this section apply.

(ii) We only allow hunting of white-tailed deer on Plum Island subject to the following conditions:

(A) We allow archery, primitive firearms, shotgun, and crossbow (by MassWildlife permit only, for certain disabled persons) hunting during a designated 2-day hunt on the first Wednesday and Thursday of the State shotgun deer season.

(B) You must have a lottery-issued hunt permit (FWS Form 3-2439, Hunt Application—National Wildlife Refuge System) to hunt during this 2-day time period.

(C) We allow deer hunt permittees to scout from Thursday through Sunday prior to their hunt and require hunters to possess their refuge permit while scouting.

(D) You must register harvested deer (Big Game Harvest Report, FWS Form 3-2359) at the refuge check station, if operational.

(E) Hunters must check-in and out with refuge personnel prior to entering and exiting the refuge.

(iii) We allow hunting of deer and wild turkey in Areas A, B, C, and D subject to the following condition: You may take deer using archery equipment only.

(4) Sport fishing. We allow saltwater fishing on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) We allow saltwater fishing on the ocean beach from legal sunrise to legal sunset without a refuge permit.

(ii) Stage Island is open to fishing from legal sunrise to legal sunset.

(iii) Nelson Island is open to fishing from legal sunrise to legal sunset.

(iv) We allow walk-on night fishing after legal sunset with a valid refuge permit (FWS Form 3-2358; vehicle sticker issued by the refuge office).

(v) We allow anglers to use over-the-sand, surf-fishing vehicles, or off-road vehicles (ORVs) with a valid refuge permit and permit fee, as determined in an annual lottery.

(h) Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge—(1) Migratory game bird hunting. We allow hunting of migratory game birds on designated areas subject to the following conditions:

(i) We allow refuge access from 12 hour prior to legal sunrise until 12 hour after legal sunset.

(ii) We prohibit access to Third Island between January 1 and June 30.

(iii) We allow the use of dogs when hunting waterfowl and upland game species.

(iv) We only allow the use of temporary tree stands and blinds, which must be removed at the end of each hunt day. All tree stands and blinds must have the name and telephone number of the owner clearly printed in an easily readable area.

(2) Upland game hunting. We allow hunting of upland game on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following condition: The conditions set forth at paragraphs (h)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section apply.

(3) Big game hunting. We allow hunting of big game on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following condition: The conditions set forth at paragraphs (h)(1)(i) and (iv) of this section apply.

(4) Sport fishing. We allow sport fishing on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

(i) The conditions set forth at paragraphs (h)(1)(i) and (ii) of this section apply.

(ii) We prohibit launching of motorboats from the refuge.

(iii) We prohibit the use of reptiles and amphibians as bait.

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