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2023 Deer Hunting Season

The Town of Burlington Recreation Department has announced the timing and requirements for the 2023 Deer Hunting Season, which is limited to bow hunting:

Contact: John Keeley
Burlington Conservation Department
Tel: (781) 270-1655


2023 Bow Hunting season at the Burlington Landlocked Forest

The Town of Burlington will hold an archery season for deer in the Landlocked Forest beginning on October 2, 2023.

Applications are available now at the Conservation Department web page (https://www.burlington.org/823/Landlocked-Forest-Bow-Hunting). Applications must be
returned by noon on September 1 to Morandi’s Barber Shop (1 Mountain Road)

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 2022 season are October 2, 2023 to December 30, 2023, with no hunting on

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 and regulations for deer archery hunting with Burlington-specific restrictions, highlighted as follows:

  • All hunters must have their permit visible, on their person and on their tree stand, while
  • 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 are required to wear blaze orange only between November 27 and December 30
  • 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 in the Landlocked Forest


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 will limit the number of Burlington Archery Hunting Permits to 20 permits, 10 of which shall be
reserved for Burlington residents.

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 at (781) 270-1655. Violations of Massachusetts hunting regulations should be reported to: MA Environmental Police at (508) 366-6537.