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Boating and Swimming Safety Tips Posted on Jul 15

Boating and Swimming Safety Tips

Colonel Aaron Gross Director, Massachusetts Environmental Police View Aaron's Bio With the summer season in full swing, I want to take the time to refresh your memory on boating and water safety. While you’re out enjoying our coastal and inland waters, I want to encourage   …Continue Reading Boating and Swimming Safety Tips

Massachusetts Environmental Police offer new boating safety classes Posted on Jun 24

Massachusetts Environmental Police offer new boating safety classes

Colonel Aaron Gross Director, Massachusetts Environmental Police View Aaron's Bio Now that it’s officially summer, it’s time to get out on the water! The Massachusetts Environmental Police want to help ensure safe summertime activities by offering free boating safety classes. Boat Massachusetts 2011 will focus   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Environmental Police offer new boating safety classes

Boating safe Posted on May 26

Boating safe

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate’s Bio With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, now is the perfect time to brush up on boating safety. In April, I visited with the Massachusetts Environmental Police to film a   …Continue Reading Boating safe

New off-highway vehicle rules Posted on Mar 24

New off-highway vehicle rules

Colonel Aaron Gross Director, Massachusetts Environmental Police View Aaron's Bio Spring is a wonderful time to be outdoors with an abundance of activities to choose from. Whether it be fishing, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding, or just taking in the scenery, it can be a fun   …Continue Reading New off-highway vehicle rules

How-to ice fish Posted on Mar 16

How-to ice fish

Kate Samp Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Kate's Bio In late February, I went out with MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program Coordinator Jim Lagacy to learn how to ice fish (see video below).  Lagacy and I went to Lake Cochituate   …Continue Reading How-to ice fish

Winter outdoor safety tips Posted on Jan 27

Winter outdoor safety tips

Colonel Aaron Gross Director, Massachusetts Environmental Police View Aaron's Bio With the winter’s snow and brisk weather comes an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy. Whether you are fishing, snowmobiling, skiing or hunting, remember to make safety your top priority. Our officers are outdoors this   …Continue Reading Winter outdoor safety tips

Take the family ice fishing in eastern Massachusetts Posted on Jan 11

Take the family ice fishing in eastern Massachusetts

Bob Greco Chief of Staff, Department of Fish & Game (DFG) View Bob's Bio Recently, I wrote about ice fishing in central and western Massachusetts and today I am adding information about the eastern part of the state including recommended hot spots suggested by MassWildlife   …Continue Reading Take the family ice fishing in eastern Massachusetts

Tree stand safety Posted on Nov 22

Tree stand safety

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio During October and November, Bay State archers hunting deer are perched in treestands, waiting for a deer to walk by within range. During the shotgun and black powder deer season in December, some deer hunters will also   …Continue Reading Tree stand safety

Autumn outdoor safety Posted on Oct 8

Autumn outdoor safety

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio Fall is a wonderful time to be outdoors with its dazzling colors, crisp air, and wildlife activity galore. Whether your passion is hiking, hunting, fishing, birding, or just taking in the scenery, a few common sense safety   …Continue Reading Autumn outdoor safety

Family fun outdoors at the Big Moe Posted on Oct 1

Family fun outdoors at the Big Moe

Marion Larson Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife View Marion's Bio This past weekend about 5,000 outdoor enthusiasts gathered in Sturbridge at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club for the Facts About Wildlife and Nature Society’s (FAWNS) Massachusetts Outdoor Expo. At the expo, known as The Big MOE,   …Continue Reading Family fun outdoors at the Big Moe