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Hunting, Fishing and Motorized Vehicle Regulations
Hunting & Fishing Regulations
There are abundant opportunities for fishing and hunting in the Westfield River watershed. To learn more about fishing and hunting seasons, regulations, permits and licenses, visit:
For more hunting and fishing related information, check out the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s (DFW) online Guide to Hunting, Freshwater Fishing and Trapping.
What have you seen swimming around the waters of the Westfield River? Become a savvy angler and learn to identify the freshwater fish of Massachusetts.
Motorized Vehicle Regulations
Legislation signed in August of 2010 (Ch. 202 of the Acts of 2010) brings significant changes to Massachusetts Recreation Vehicle Laws. Among the new provisions are educational requirements for young riders, age restrictions for operators of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and Utility Vehicles (UTV’s), increased penalties for illegal use and the establishment of an Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) program fund to support improved riding opportunities and law enforcement. This brochure provides a brief overview of the substantive change to MGL c.90B as it pertains to recreation and snow vehicles.
Help protect the Westfield River’s ORVs (Outstandingly Remarkable Values) by keeping the following in mind when operating Your ORVs (Off Road Vehicles):
- Operate on trails or in state forests / parks designated for ORV use (Please Note: October State Forest is the only state forest which allows ATV and Off Highway Motorcycles (OHM) in the Westfield River watershed - PERMIT REQUIRED.)
- Do not operate in a manner so as to harass or chase wildlife or domestic animals.
- Do not operate on a wetland such as a bog, marsh, or swamp so as to destroy or damage the wetland.
- Do not operate a snow or recreation vehicle in a manner that causes damage to public or private property, including lands owned or managed by the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, wetlands or other waters of the Commonwealth including lands used for public water supply purposes or historic or archaeological sites.
- Avoid emitting noxious fumes and excessive noise.
- Do not operate on public ways or upon the right-of-way limits of a controlled access highway - this includes all roads (dirt or paved) within state forests.
- Do not operate so as to endanger any person or property.
- Do not operate at an unreasonable, improper, or unsafe speed for existing conditions.
- Only operate after sunrise or before sunset within state forest lands.
- Never operate under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
- Only operate on land of another with written permission of the owner or lessee.
For more information about the OHV Program, permits and regulations, visit:
- Massachusetts Environmental Police Off-Highway, Recreation Vehicle, and Snowmobile Brochure
- MA DCR Off-Road Vehicle Information