Quabbin Deer Hunt Applications Available
Applications for the 2008 Quabbin Controlled Deer Hunt are now available through the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) web page at www.mass.gov/dcr/waterSupply/watershed/hunt2008.htm. This will be the second year that blackpowder firearms will be allowed for use during the Controlled Deer Hunt. Water Supply Division staff reminds prospective applicants that regardless of the type of firearm used, all applicants must have a valid FID card to be eligible to apply for this hunting opportunity. All applications must be postmarked by August 15th or hand delivered to the Quabbin Visitor’s Center by 4:00 PM on that date to qualify for the permit selection process. Hunters may obtain hard copy applications at DCR administrative and field offices at the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs and their Boston office at 251 Causeway Street. Applications are also available from MassWildlife’s Field Headquarters in Boston, Westboro, and District Offices. Obtain applications through the mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped, business sized envelope to: Quabbin Visitor Center, 485 Ware Road, Belchertown, MA, 01007. The Quabbin Controlled Deer Hunt will occur during the statewide deer shotgun season in four areas of the Quabbin Reservation: Pelham and New Salem on Dec. 4 and 5, and Hardwick and Petersham on Dec. 11 and 12. Approximately 1,100 permits will be drawn based upon hunters’ license numbers on September 3rd. Successful applicants will receive written notification from the DCR by late September. For further information, contact the Quabbin Visitor’s Center at 413/323-7221.