2020 Fall Hunting Harvest Report

2020 Preliminary Deer harvest

The preliminary harvest report for 2020 is 14,331—the second highest harvest on record. The previous record of 14,516 was set in 2018; 13,891 deer were taken in 2019. Final numbers will be available this spring.

Preliminary Deer harvest figures for 2020 by season:

  • Youth Deer Hunt Day: 120
  • Paraplegic Deer Hunt: 2
  • Archery Season: 6,552
  • Shotgun Season: 4,855
  • Primitive Firearms Season: 2,802

2020 black bear harvest

The 2020 black bear harvest set a new record with 325 bears taken, breaking the previous record of 283 from 2014. Both the September and November seasons also showed record high harvests. Bear harvest totals in Massachusetts tend to be cyclical, with high harvest years following lower years. The last few seasons were relatively low, so the spike in harvest is not surprising. The record harvest also reflects the continued growth and expansion of the Massachusetts bear population. It also reflects the increase in hunter effort in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 totals by season:

  • September: 236
  • November: 57
  • December: 32
  • Statewide total: 325

2020 wild turkey harvest

The spring turkey harvest for 2020 was 3,310—the highest spring season harvest ever recorded. This record harvest can most likely be attributed to the increase in hunter effort that resulted from COVID-19 closures. The 2020 fall turkey harvest was 256, the highest fall season total in over 20 years.

Posted: to Mass Sportsmen's News on Mon, Nov 16, 2020
Updated: Thu, Feb 18, 2021