Hunting and other Recreational Opportunities
Camp Edwards has been a limited access facility since September 11, 2001. Persons interested in utilizing Camp Edwards for recreational or other purposes must request access from Camp Edwards Headquarters, Range Control, and the Environmental and Readiness Center. Consistent with this, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for hunting on Camp Edwards were created by the Natural Resource Office in conjunction with Camp Edwards Headquarters, Facilities Engineers, Range Control, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, the Senior Environmental Corps, and the Otis Rod and Gun Club. The basis of this SOP is to plan each hunt in an open format with all interested parties present to avoid confusion as to dates, off-limit areas and staffing.
If you are interested in participating in either the Camp Edward's deer or turkey hunts, click the following link for preregistration procedures: http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/hunting/hunting_opportunities.htm
Certain recreational activities are prohibited on Camp Edwards, due to potential risks and conflicts with military training activities and potential damage to natural resources. These activities may include, but not necessarily be limited to, motorcycle, ATV (All Terrain vehicles), mountain bike, and horseback riding, camping, and building fires. Any person entering the training site for any purpose prohibited by law or lawful regulation is trespassing. It may endanger the life of the person entering the training site as well as potentially endangering lives of the Massachusetts Army National Guard and interfering with training.
Due to the presence of hazards related to training activities, the Impact Area is always closed to public access. Some possible threats to public safety related to training activities include: live firing, training residue (e.g., unexploded ordnance), and training mechanisms (for example, moving targets). All of these are potential hazards within and surrounding the Impact Area. For this reason, public access to the Impact Area is strictly prohibited, without exception.