It is the first of three deer hunting seasons through December. Hunting is allowed from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays.
The archery season runs until Nov. 30 and shotgun season begins Dec. 2. It runs until Dec. 14. The “primitive firearms” season runs from Dec. 16 through Dec. 31.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, the pheasant and ruffed grouse season also opens and runs until Nov. 30. The coyote season also opens Saturday and runs until March 8.
On Monday, Oct. 21, the wild turkey season opens and runs until Nov. 2.
The cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hair and gray squirrel season also opens on Saturday, Oct. 19. The squirrel season runs until Jan. 2, the hair season until Feb. 5 and the rabbit season until Feb. 28.
Essex County Trail Association has issued a reminder to its members to remember to wear blaze orange while out in the woods since hunting is allowed on many of the private and public properties in Hamilton and Wenham and the nearby areas of the county. Additionally, ECTA reminds people headed into the woods to “be sure that your pet is also well marked, especially if you are in an off-leash area.”
Anyone with questions about whether a specific property is open to hunting should check with the property owner or email ECTA.
The Massachusetts Environmental Police enforce hunting laws and can be reached at 1-800-632-8075.