Hunting and Fishing at Cape Cod National Seashore
Fishing at Cape Cod National Seashore
Fishing is permitted in accordance with federal, state, and local laws. State and local licensing requirements apply.
Hunting at Cape Cod National Seashore
Hunting is permitted for deer, upland game, and migratory waterfowl. There is no open season on non-game species.
Upland game is defined as:
With certain exceptions, hunting seasons and regulations are in accordance with Massachusetts State hunting regulations. You are responsible for knowing both the state and federal regulations that govern hunting within CCNS.
To protect the public's safety and to prevent conflicts between hunting and other National Seashore uses, the Superintendent has closed certain areas and time periods to hunting. Protect the future of hunting at CCNS by being considerate of others and by complying with applicable regulations and closures.
All hunting accidents must be reported to state or local police and to the National Park Service, which may be contacted by calling CCNS Headquarters at (508) 771-2144, or through local police.
A spring and fall turkey hunt, following state guidelines, is implemented for areas open to hunting within Cape Cod National Seashore. A Cape Cod National Seashore Turkey Permit is required to hunt turkey during the spring season.
There are a total of three (3) weeks of Spring Turkey hunting that will be allowed in Cape Cod National Seashore.
A total of 150 weekly permits to hunt turkey will be issued. Fifty (50) lottery permits will be selected per week. If selected, you will be notified of which week(s) you received in the lottery. Permits are only valid for the week(s) that you are selected for.
Once you have completed the application, please print and mail to:
Cape Cod National Seashore
Attn: Race Point Ranger Station- Turkey Permit
99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667
Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2018. Applications will not be accepted past the postmarked date.
The Spring 2018 Turkey Hunting Permit Application will be posted here once it is available.
Permit applications will also available at Park Headquarters located at 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA, 02667, during normal business hours. Applications must be received or postmarked by the last business day of March. Details of the lottery system are on the application.
No seashore turkey permit is required for fall turkey hunting season.
Regulations For Hunting in Cape Cod National Seashore
The following regulations are in addition to Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife laws and Federal Migratory Bird hunting regulations:
Hunting With Dogs
Hunting area detail maps (revised 2013):
Last updated: November 6, 2017