Harvard Sportsmen’s Club Hunting Highlights

Normal hunting seasons apply to the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club.  Hunters at HSC MUST be Club Members and must be fully licensed in accordance with State and Federal regulations. Guests are not allowed to hunt at HSC.  Hunters must follow all State and Federal regulations. Hunting is not allowed on ranges, roadways, or near buildings.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) manages wildlife using Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ).  Zones are delineated based on their capacity to support deer and other wildlife. The Zone Map shows the Club is mostly in Zone 9, with some property on the other side of 495 being in Zone 10.  


MA Hunting Summary

MassWildlife allows qualifying organizations to establish a licensed Hunting Preserve where a list of specific game birds can be stocked and Sunday hunting of those birds is permitted.  At HSC we choose to stock pheasants in our Preserve.

There is a big shift in hunting dates when we offer early pheasant hunting in the season. By opening up early we would effectively be cancelling the Archery Deer Hunt, Youth Deer Hunt, and Black Bear early season by putting early pressure on the property designated for hunting caused by more shotguns going off.

Our current plan is that we will open Pheasant Season at the Club starting on the 21st of October.  This would allow six (5) days of bow only hunting at the Club for Deer.  This also allows hunters to pheasant hunt elsewhere about one (1) week of the MA state season and then hunt pheasants on Sunday at the Club.

Hunting Stands and Hunting Blinds on HSC Property

Hunters using Stands or Blinds must inform the Board of the location, and date of installation. This is very important to help assure coordination, particularly if the Club is implementing forestry projects (tree cutting) or other maintenance activities. Stands and Blinds must be clearly and durably marked with the owner’s name, telephone number, and installation date. Stands and Blinds must be promptly removed after the hunting season in accordance with MassWildlife regulations. Hunters are required to   send information to


2023 – 2024 Pheasant Hunting Program


 Policy Information and Tag Registration Form, click this link to download and fill out.


2023 – 2024 Hunting Preserve Policies

Hunters at HSC MUST be Club Members and must be fully licensed in accordance with State and Federal regulations. Guests are not allowed to hunt at HSC. The Pheasant Hunting Program is limited to Club Members only.  Club Members must buy into the program to participate. Club Members must wear their Club ID when hunting.  Hunting is not allowed on ranges, roadways, or near buildings.  Note: Massachusetts law views any person calling, working a hunting dog, flushing birds, or assisting a hunter in any way as actively engaged in hunting.

Club members wishing to participate in the 2023 – 2024 Pheasant Hunting Program must complete the HSC Registration Form, show proof of their current year MA Hunting License, and purchase their tags prior to hunting. All checks and money orders must be made out to “Harvard Sportsmen’s Club”.  Participants will receive five (5) tags for the sum of $50.00.

The Hunting Preserve will open on October 21, 2023 to limit impacts on other hunting seasons and close on March 31, 2024. 

Participants must have a current year MA Hunting License when purchasing tags and hunting. 

Participating Members may hunt stocked birds (Pheasant) on Sundays.

Participating Members may harvest either cock birds or hens.

The club member must wear their Club ID with hunting.

There is no hunting within 500 feet of the Club House.

While we allow dogs for hunting and you may train your dogs at the Club, we DO NOT allow members to bring in their own birds.  

Dog owners are responsible for their dogs at all times.  All dogs must be leashed when they are not actively engaged in hunting.  

Hunters must wear a minimum of a Hunter Orange hat except during the shotgun deer season when they must wear 500 square inches of visible Hunter Orange on their head, back, and chest. However, HSC recommends wearing 500 square inches of Hunter Orange any time you pheasant hunt.

All birds are to be tagged upon harvesting in the field; tag them where they lay, then retrieve the bird. Failure to do this will cause a disciplinary hearing with the Board of Directors, loss of hunting privileges and may result in permanent ejection from the Club.  Any hunter can be asked by any individual to show them their birds.

The daily bag limit is two (2) birds. Hunters who successfully fill their five (5) tags may buy back into the program at the discretion of the HSC Pheasant Program Lead and the BOD, by re-registering and purchasing five (5) more tags for an additional $50.00. This may be repeated throughout the 2023-2024 season.

Harvested birds are to be removed “whole” from the Hunting Preserve (all Club property) and cleaned off premises.

Hunters are required to submit a harvest log of the number birds taken and dates they were harvested. This can be done by sending an E-MAIL to the HSC Pheasant Lead at  Please provide your full name, the number of birds harvested, tag numbers used and the dates the birds were harvested.