The refuge is open for spring turkey, white-tailed deer (archery, shotgun, muzzleloader), American woodcock, ruffed grouse, eastern cottontail rabbit, and gray squirrels. Hunting is allowed subject to refuge regulations, State and federal laws and permit restrictions. The most intense hunt period is during the shotgun deer season which is typically early December. Other than the deer season, hunt pressure is generally light. Starting on July 1st people interested in hunting on the refuge can go online to http://easternmapermits.com to apply for the upcoming seasons. The application season is open for one month for lottery hunts and two months for non-lottery hunts. All youth (12 - 17 yrs old) are exempt from the lottery process and all fees. All active military, seniors (62 yrs plus) and anyone who is permanently disabled receive a 50% discount on permit fees. Full details are found on the application link above.
We will be open for the MA Youth Hunt on Oct 3rd.
Hunt brochure (pdf)
2016-17 Assabet Hunt (pdf)
For information from MassWildlife, visit the following:
2016-17 MassWildlife Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Seasons
2016-17 MassWildlife Migratory Bird Regulations