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Published on November 28, 2021

Hunting season alert

Verified By

TrailsMV Team

Deer hunting season has ended, and now through Feb. 28 it's rabbit hunting season on Martha's Vineyard. Some conservation lands are open to hunters, including the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, many MV Land Bank preserves, and several Trustees of Reservations properties. Waterfowl hunting in coastal areas takes place through Feb. 15.

All walkers, bikers, runners, horseback riders, and others using public trails should:

  • check beforehand to see whether hunting is allowed where you're headed 
  • wear blaze orange or other bright color to alert hunters to your presence
  • make sure your dog is leashed at all times
  • avoid walking at dawn and dusk, when visibility is low and animal activity increases (making those times of day popular for hunting)

Hunting is allowed Monday through Saturday, starting ½ hour before sunrise and ending ½ hour after sunset. Hunting is not permitted on Sundays in Massachusetts. 

The Trustees of Reservations allow hunting at Menemsha Hills Reservation in Chilmark and Long Point Wildlife Refuge in West Tisbury with advance written permission, as well as within the Cedars area of Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge. The Trustees do not allow hunting at East Beach or Leland Beach, Wasque Reservation, Mytoi, and Norton Point.

Hunting is not allowed at any time at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary or Polly Hill Arboretum. Sheriff's Meadow Foundation does not permit hunting with guns at its sanctuaries. People visiting these properties should
observe all hunting-safety protocol, however, as adjacent private property owners may allow hunting on their lands.

Click here for MV Land Bank hunting info. MVLB properties that allow hunting include:

  • Bare Hill
  • Blackwater Pond Preserve
  • Brine's Pond Preserve
  • Chappy 5 Corners
  • Cove Meadow Preserve
  • Edgartown Great Pond
  • Gay Head Moraine
  • Great Rock Bight
  • John Presbury
  • Norton Farm
  • Manaquayak Preserve
  • Middle Line Woods
  • Middle Ridge Preserve
  • North Farm
  • Ocean View Farm Preserve
  • Peaked Hill Reservation
  • Pecoy Point Preserve
  • Pennywise Preserve
  • Poucha Pond Reservation
  • Quammox Preserve
  • Quansoo Preserve
  • Ripley's Field Preserve
  • Sepiessa Point Reservation
  • Short Cove Preserve
  • Southern Woodlands Reservation
  • Tea Lane Farm
  • Tiasquam Valley Reservation
  • Tisbury Meadow Preserve
  • Toms Neck Preserve
  • Wapatequa Woods Reservation
  • Waskosim's Rock Reservation