Due to its unique shape and location in the northeast, Massachusetts is home to countless hunting and fishing opportunity. Whether you prefer big game species such as deer and black bear, smaller game, or bird, Massachusetts is home to them all. Small game and bird species include turkey, pheasant, ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail, woodcock, snipe, coot, rail, duck, sea duck, and geese. Massachusetts is also a fantastic option for non-residents seeking an inexpensive black bear hunt. Hunters should be aware that all hunting in Massachusetts is closed on Sunday.
For fishermen, the toughest decision may be deciding what type of fishing to do. Massachusetts offers freshwater, saltwater, and ice fishing in the colder months. Aside from the Atlantic coastline, there are numerous lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, and rivers flowing through the state. Common catches in Massachusetts include largemouth bass, chain pickerel, tautog, yellow perch, rainbow smelt, trout, crappie, brown catfish, striped bass, bluefish, sunfish, pike, Atlantic cod, and tuna.