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Late October brings hunters into the park. All trails are open. However, visitors are encouraged to make themselves visible.

As always, there is NO HUNTING ON SUNDAYS !

  • October 18th is the start of pheasant and quail hunting. Runs until November 29th
  • October 20th, bow hunting for deer. Runs until November 29th
  • October 20th- Turkey season, until 11/1
  • December 1st- Deer shotgun season. Runs until 12/13
  • December 15th- Deer black powder season. Runs until 12/31
Wearing hunter blaze orange is a good idea during hunting seasons. We recommend this video which shows how effective hunter orange can be in making yourself visible-- The Effectiveness of Hunter Orange.

Hunting remains illegal on Sundays in Massachusetts. A bill passed the Massachusetts House in June to allow bow hunting on Sundays but did not pass the State Senate.

September's highlight was our eighth annual family friendly fishing derby at Fearing Pond on September 27th. kid castingderby prizewinner

A magnificent day brought hundreds of entrants trying to catch the just-stocked trout in Fearing Pond.

Visit our Meetup site photo album for 80 photos of the 2014 Fishing Derby.

We received 67 entries to this year's photo contest. The winners are posted below.

plymouth gentianOther Friends' events included a group trip to the Berkshires' Mount Greylock. We held a trail work party on Saturday September 13th to brush back the growth along part of the Bentley Loop. A lot of fishing equipment was untangled on the 14th with the help of some girl scouts. Our Thursday morning hikes and Sunday dog hikes (hikers are welcome with or without a dog) continue. Check the full listings on Meetup. Join us!

Visit the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest Meetup.com group for a listing of all our upcoming hikes, birding events and other activities.

The Friends' November Board meeting will take place Wednesday November 5th at 7PM. (We usually meet the first Wednesday of every month in the "barn" up the road from forest headquarters.) Are you someone who regularly camps, bicycles, rides horses, skis or snowshoes or kayaks in the State Forest? Our group needs more input from all legitimate forest users. Currently, we have hikers, wildlife observers, hunters/fishers and cottage owners. You are welcome to attend our next Board meeting.(More info.)

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The Friends have been selling hats this fall. (We are waiting for our latest order and expect it next week.) If you are interested in buying a Friends hat for $20, please send an email to "friends@friendsmssf.com". If we receive enough interest, we will place another order.

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Last Update 10/15/2014

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Please join us. Your contibution helps the Friends pay for our free family fishing derby, trail maintenance and the many other programs we run for the benefit of the Forest and its users.

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Annual membership is only $10 for an individual. More details about membership are available on our Membership page You can mail your contribution or use the green PayPal button below to join online.

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2014 Friends of Myles Standish State Forest photo contest winners

coyote dinghy girl with frog
hawk hognose snake kayak on Barrett
ladyslipper otterscanoe on College Pond
girls frolic at Curlew baby snapper surprise at turkey in campsite