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Massachusetts Crow Hunting Laws and Regulations

Table of Contents

  • Hunting Hours

    • Times when hunting is legally allowed
  • Required Licenses and Permits

    • Necessary official documents for hunters
  • Bag Limits

    • Maximum number of game that can be taken
  • Hunting Zones

    • Designated hunting areas and boundaries
  • Hunting Implements

    • Approved tools and firearms for hunting
  • Hunting Methods

    • Legal techniques for capturing or killing game
  • Falconry

    • Hunting with birds of prey and related regulations
  • Blaze Orange Requirements

    • Mandatory high-visibility clothing for hunters
  • Tagging, Transporting, and Reporting Requirements

    • Rules for handling game after harvest
  • Hunting Season Framework

    • Scheduling details for hunting seasons
  • Crow Hunting Regulations

    • Specific rules for hunting crows
  • Contact Information

    • Ways to reach out for additional help or clarification

Hunting hours

Hunting hours begin ½ hour before sunrise and end ½ hour after sunset. Click here for a sunrise/sunset table.

Required licenses and permits

To hunt crow in Massachusetts you must have the certain licenses and permits, which you can buy through MassFishHunt.

Massachusetts residents:

  • Hunting or sporting license

Non-residents:

  • Small game or big game license

If you hunt exclusively on a licensed commercial shooting preserve, you need either a resident or non-resident license, or a special 1-day license valid exclusively on commercial shooting preserves.

Bag limits

None

Hunting zones

All Wildlife Management Zones statewide.

Hunting implements

Rifles and handguns: All rifles and handguns are legal.

Shotguns (including smoothbore muzzleloaders): No larger than #1 birdshot.

Archery: All archery equipment is legal. Crossbows may be used only by hunters with a crossbow permit. Poisoned arrows, explosive tips, bows drawn by mechanical means, or any device that propels an arrow, dart, or bolt by gunpowder, compressed air, or by any other means except by the flexing and release of a bowstring are prohibited.

Hunting methods

Legal:

  • Bait
  • Electronic calls
  • Manual calls

Falconry

You can hunt crows using a falcon or other raptor during the open season if you have a hunting or sporting license and are a licensed falconer.

Blaze orange requirements

Hunters must wear a blaze orange cap when hunting for crow on WMAs where pheasant or quail are stocked during the pheasant or quail season.

Tagging, transporting, and reporting requirements

You do not have to report harvest for crow.

Hunting season framework

The crow season is open every Monday, Friday, and Saturday of each week from July 1 - April 10. You cannot hunt crow during the 2-week shotgun deer season.

Crow hunting regulations

This page is to be used as a reference, it is not the entire law and is subject to change. You can refer to the Crow Hunting regulations in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, 321 CMR 3.02(8) and to several provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131. See also the Code of Federal Regulations, 50 CFR 20.133 for more information about crow hunting laws and regulations.

Contact Information

MassWildlife

Online Contact Details

Phone Contact

  • Phone: Call MassWildlife at (508) 389-6300
  • Business Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. ET (Closed for lunch from noon–12:30 p.m.)
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