Hunt Lottery and Permit InformationSubmit hunt lottery applications and purchase permits online for the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex, including Assabet River, Great Meadows, and Oxbow Refuges now. You can find more information about the permits and lottery applications available as well as apply online in the box to the right.
Refuge InformationJust twenty miles west of Boston lies an oasis for wildlife - Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Roughly 85 percent of the refuge's more than 3,600 acres is comprised of valuable freshwater wetlands stretching along 12 miles of the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protects and manages Great Meadows as nesting, resting, and feeding habitat for wildlife, with special emphasis on migratory birds. The diversity of plant and animal life visible from refuge trails provides visitors with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature study.
Situated along the Atlantic Flyway in Massachusetts, the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of eight ecologically diverse refuges. The eight individual refuges include inland and coastal wetlands, forests, grasslands, and barrier beaches that provide important habitat for migratory birds, mammals, plants, reptiles and amphibians.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages these areas to maintain a vital and diverse environment for the areas inhabitants. Refuges are managed to conserve and protect a diversity of native wildlife habitats and species. The refuge complex encompasses several threatened and endangered species, the only federally designated Wilderness Area in southern New England, one structure on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Wild and Scenic River.
Hunt LotteriesMuzzleloader & shotgun white-tailed deer will be issued by lottery. Permits will allow access to Assabet River and Oxbow National Wildlife Refuges for each respective authorized season.
Hunt PermitsThere is no lottery for the Archery Deer, Waterfowl, Turkey and Small Game hunt seasons. This application will allow you to receive a permit for any of these hunts.
Hunt ReportsAll hunters are required to report their hunt harvest to the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Submit your required hunt harvest report now!