Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game (DFG)
MassWildlife has just published the 2010 Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Guide to Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping.
The guide is chock full of information about permits, licenses and outdoor and wildlife education programs. For budding anglers and hunters, the guide provides information about courses on gun safety, rules for trapping, freshwater fishing, and outdoor ethics.
Are you eager to get out on the 10,000 miles of rivers and streams or 2,800 lakes and ponds for freshwater fishing? The fishing section of the guide provides valuable information for anglers, about bait regulations, catch and release areas and this year’s free fishing weekend scheduled for June 5 and 6. The hunting section provides information about hunting regulations, Massachusetts gun laws, wildlife management zones and check stations. The photo is of me hunting turkey in Athol a couple of years ago.
For K through 12 students, the guide provides information about Project Wild, an environmental education program focused on the study of ecosystems. Features include articles about black bear research, public access to fishing holes, land conservation, and information about how to help stop the spread of invasive aquatic plants and animals.
The 38-page, color publication includes double the content from last year and also comes in a pocket-sized version. The best part is MassWildlife was able to produce this expanded guide at no additional cost to you by pairing with an outside publisher and selling advertising in the printed guide.
Click here to view the online version of the guide or pick up a printed copy at your local MassWildlife offices, town halls, sporting goods stores, or bait and tackle shops that sell sporting, fishing and hunting licenses. Click here for a complete list of hunting and fishing guides.
The Fisheries and Wildlife Board, Director Wayne MacCallum and the staff at MassWildlife worked hard to make this guide informative and accessible. I hope you’ll use it to plan your next outdoor adventure.
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