The Town of Burlington will open a 2013 Archery Season for Deer in the Landlocked Forest. The archery season is specific to the Landlocked Forest and does not apply to Burlington Conservation Areas. No firearms of any kind are permitted. Other uses of the Landlocked Forest continue to be welcome during this season. The dates for Archery Hunting in the Landlocked Forest for the 2013 season are October 21, 2013 to December 31, 2013, with no hunting on Sundays. Hunters are required to wear blaze orange only between December 2nd and December 31st. Hunting is allowed from one half hour before sunrise until one half hour after sunset.
The Burlington season will follow all Commonwealth of Massachusetts laws (M.G.L. Part I: Title XIX: Chapter 131) and regulations (2013 Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Guide to Hunting) for deer archery hunting. In addition, hunting within the Landlocked Forest is regulated by Burlington-specific restrictions as voted upon by the Board of Selectmen. The Town of Burlington Hunting Policy and associated regulations can be found on the Town of Burlington Website.
Some of the Burlington-specific regulations are:
• All hunters must have their permit visible, on their person and on their tree stand, while hunting.
• In addition to the Massachusetts Hunting License, hunters must hold a Bow Hunting Education Certificate and provide proof of successful completion of a Proficiency Test administered by the Burlington program.
• Hunters must keep a log of any deer taken as well as other information regarding herd health, other wildlife observed, and hunting activity seen.
• No other wildlife may be hunted.
The Landlocked Forest may be hunted only by those persons who have been issued a lawful Burlington Archery Hunting Permit by the Town of Burlington. The Town of Burlington has limited the number of Burlington Archery Hunting Permits to 30 permits. The Town of Burlington Conservation Department, with help from volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, will coordinate the program to ensure public safety and compliance with land management goals.
General questions about the Burlington hunting program should be directed to the Burlington Conservation Department: (781) 270-1655
Violations of Massachusetts hunting regulations should be reported to:
MA Environmental Police: (508) 366-6537