Wild Turkey Hunter

Hunting at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge represents both a traditional recreational use and serves as an important wildlife management tool. All hunters are required to adhere to state and federal regulations. Trapping, baiting, and hunting dogs are not allowed at the refuge.

As part of Parker River NWR's comprehensive wildlife management plan, an annual two-day, permit-only deer hunt is offered for shotguns and muzzleloaders. This hunt takes place on the 1,400-acre Plum Island section of the refuge (map)(regulations). Applications must be submitted through the RecAccess site between September 1st and September 30th, and winners are chosen through a randomized lottery.

In cooperation with the League of Essex County Sportsmen’s Clubs, the refuge conducts a Youth Waterfowl Hunt each October. The hunt includes a waterfowl ID presentation, water/marsh/hunt safety presentation, and a blind set up one day, followed by a supervised hunt on a reserved section of the refuge. Dates are determined by refuge staff annually.

The refuge is located in Massachusetts Wildlife Management Zone 10, and the Coastal Zone for waterfowl hunting. Legal open seasons and bag limits are in accordance with state regulations, which can be found on the MassWildlife website here and here.

Hunting opportunities in Areas A, B, C & D (map):

Big Game Deer (archery only)
Upland Game Birds Crow, pheasant, quail, ruffed grouse, wild turkey
Small Game Cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare, gray squirrel
Furbearers Bobcat, coyote, fox (red or gray), opossum, raccoon
Migratory Game Birds Sora rail, Virginia rail, snipe, woodcock
Waterfowl Canada goose, snow goose, blue goose, American coot, mergansers, ducks (see MassWildlife species list), sea ducks (see MassWildlife species list), brant
Related Documents

Map for Parker River 2022 Shotgun Deer Hunt

Parker River 2022 hunt map

Hunt regulations for Parker River permit-only shotgun deer hunt on Plum Island.