Hunting is allowed on private land and lots of state owned land throughout Northborough by licensed hunters with owner permission. Hunting is allowed with a permit on one piece of town-owned Conservation land located on Mount Pisgah (Map and info HERE.)
How Do I Stay Safe During Hunting Season?
Many of our trails pass through state and private land. Hunting is illegal within 500 feet of a dwelling, road or trail anywhere throughout town. Hunters may utilize the trail system to access hunting areas. They may be carrying a firearm and possibly a dead animal. This is legal and allowed. If you observe a hunter hunting near a trail, please call Northborough Police and the Office of the Conservation Commission at 508-393-5015.
To see our trails and property information, use our Town GIS HERE (The Trails are visible under the Theme: Recreation) and Door County Land Trust has a great article on Hiking During Hunting Season: How to Stay Safe
MA hunting seasons and more information on hunting can be found HERE
It is usually hunting season for something all year long. Hikers are strongly advised to wear orange blaze all year round. Local suppliers like Tractor Supply and Ocean State Job Lot have hunter orange blaze baseball caps and beanies for $5-$7 year round.
Current Massachusetts law prohibits harassing someone who is hunting legally. The MA Environmental Police can arrest someone, the court can issue an injunction, and someone who is hurt can file a civil lawsuit. Under current law, the punishment for harassing a hunter is a fine of up to $500 or 14 days in jail. Disrupting a hunt generally results in a $50 ticket for a first-time offense. Responsible, licensed hunters are beneficial to habitat and management of open space. Let's share the woods.
For more information on hunting locations and precautions, contact the Office of the Conservation Commission at 508-393-5015.
Remember: Orange is cool.
Photo credit: Door County Land Trust