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Autumn means hunting season, and the presence of hunters in the woods means hikers and mountain bikers need to use extra caution. Most hunting seasons in Massachusetts run between mid-October and mid-December. While hunting accidents are rare (statistics show that hunting is safer than many sports, including cycling), cyclists can enhance their safety by wearing a hunter's orange vest. These are available in the sporting goods departments of most department stores. Avoid white or brown clothing (you don't want to look like a deer). Hunting is not allowed on Sundays in Massachusetts.

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2017 DEER HUNTING SEASON dates in Massachusetts:
Archery: Oct. 16-Nov. 25
Shotgun: Nov. 27-Dec. 9

Primitive firearms (muzzleloader): Dec. 11-30

Dates for other animals (see page 2): 

Most of Central Massachusetts lies in Zones 5-9. Here's a map of all the wildlife zones:


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