To allow sustainable multipurpose use of natural resources on South Post via authorized public access in accordance with the Sikes Act (16 USC Â§670).
Fort Devens opens areas of South Post for hunting to maintain wildlife populations that are compatible with existing habitat, minimize conflicts between wildlife and training activities, reduce public health and safety hazards, and provide a recreational opportunity to the community. If interested in participating, see below for information about the current season, registration instructions, and important program rules.
Information for the Current Season
In coordination with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (MassWildlife), Fort Devens hosts the Paraplegic Sportsmen’s Hunt in the fall and the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) hunt in the spring and fall. Hunting is closed to all others during these “special hunts.” To learn more or to register, visit https://www.mass.gov/topics/hunting
General Hunt (open to the public):
****Due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring 2020 Turkey Hunt has been cancelled.****
Fort Devens allows hunting by the general public on specific dates during the spring (turkey) and fall (small game, turkey, and deer) seasons that are established by MassWildlife. Prospective hunters are assigned to available dates on a first-come-first-served basis in accordance with the tiered priority system identified in Standard Operating Procedure - Fort Devens Hunting Program.
James Lacefield Jr, 17 of Haverhill MA, got his first turkey ever with the opening of Turkey Season at Fort Devens RFTA.
Due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring 2020 Turkey Hunt has been cancelled.
A full set of rules are spelled out in the Standard Operating Procedure - Fort Devens Hunting Program and the Letter of Instruction (LOI) for the current season.