Bulletin board: Massachusetts shotgun deer hunting season gets underway in Franklin County

Jared Bornstein walks through the woods while deer hunting earlier this month in Turner, Maine.

Jared Bornstein walks through the woods while deer hunting earlier this month in Turner, Maine. AP FILE

Staff Reports

Published: 11-27-2023 7:49 PM

Modified: 11-27-2023 7:49 PM

The post-Thanksgiving Day winds kicked off opening day of the Massachusetts Shotgun Deer Hunting season on Monday in Franklin County.

Charlemont’s Nicholas Johnston bagged the largest deer reported in the area, as his nine-point buck weighed in at 185 pounds at Gould’s Sugarhouse in Shelburne Falls. Northfield’s Dylan Fisher was right behind with an 183-pound buck checked at Bitzer Hatchery in Montague.

Here’s a list of the deer reported to the Recorder from Day 1 of the season.

(Note: Names of people who checked deer at Sunderland Hatchery and Flagg’s Bait & Tackle on Monday were not available at print deadline. Any names provided after deadline will run the next available day in print. Information provided is name, hometown, weight of deer, number of points)

Gould’s Sugarhouse,
Shelburne Falls (44)

John Burek, Shelburne, 152 pounds, 8 points; Edward Pepyne, Orleans, 109, 1; James Muka, Leyden, 112, 4; Deborah Delabruere, Bernardston, 157, 7; Weston Swope, Hawley, 98, 4; Robert Brown, Charlestown, N.H., 126, doe; Hunter Wozniak, Heath, 170, 6; Matthew Woodman, Sr., Haverhill, 123, 7; Bruce Taylor, Greenfield, 98, 3; Ryan Spofford, Leyden, 114, 6; Kevin Purinton, Charlemont, 155, 8; Kenneth Magdycz, Plainfield, 135, 6; Jacob Clark, Charlemont, 137, 8; Donny Brooks, Charlemont, 93, 2; Jeff Snow, Vernon, Vt., 164, 8; Steven Richard, W. Enfield, Maine, 158, 8; Gary Hicks, Florence, 129, 7; Harry Taylor, Buckland, 108, 2; Mathew Orrell, Greenfield, 77, button buck; Wayne Clark, Hawley, 138, 7; Howard Sheperd Jr., Greenfield, 91, doe; Keegan Reed, Jacksonville, Vt., 168, 8; Jacob Donahue, Colrain, 123, 6; Joshua Boyd, Colrain, 157, 8; Thomas Jenks, Charlemont, 106, 4; Alan Taylor, Ashfield, 135, 7; Michael Laffon, Rowe, 100, 1; John Herron, Shelburne, 158, 10; Edward Sabelawski, Chittenden, Vt., 148, 8; Timmy Lane, Charlestown, 102, doe; Jarrett Niles, Ashfield, 122, doe; Nicholas Johnston, Charlemont, 185, 9; Jacob Rhodes, Greenfield, 158, 6; Leonard Gould, Greenfield, 141, 7; Daniel Brisson, Shelburne Falls, 120, 4; James Ewart, Greenfield, 130, 7; Carey Peters, Colrain, 121, 2; Michael Dunn, Tolland, 118, 2; John Letourneau, Bernardston, 141, 5; Isaiah Senecal, Whittingham, Vt., 138, 7; Brian Barton, Greenfield, 95, 3; Michael Smead, Heath, 66, doe; Keith Bohonowicz, Deerfield, 145, 7; Kevin Wesoloski, Deerfield, 157, 8.

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Bitzer Hatchery, Montague (14)

Dylan Fisher, Northfield, 183, 6; Thomas Wansleben, Greenfield, 101, 3; Jonathan Labelle, Erving, 134, 10; Aaron Tidlund, Greenfield, 106, 4; Reginald Neff, Northfield, 113, doe; Jeffrey Lapinski, Montague, 130, 6; Russell Breault Jr., Erving, 88, doe; Christopher Pervere, 123, doe; Eli Guerin, Erving, 111, doe; Brian Stafford, Montague, 106, doe; Phillip Malone Jr., Erving, 109, 3; Leslie Jackson, Turners Falls, 107, 3; Jameson Arsenault, Northfield, 99, 3; Jameson Arsenault (2), Northfield, 87, 4.

Sunderland Hatchery

Results not available from Day 1.

Flagg’s Bait & Tackle,

Results not available from Day 1.


Shelburne Falls results

Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley high score results fo r the week ending Nov. 24, 2023 are as follows:

Sunday Scotch Doubles

High Single- Scott and Kendall Schneider 107; High Triple- Scott and Kendall Schneider 281.

Monday Mixed League

Women’s High Single- Missy Fin n 112; Women’s High Triple- Missy Finn 270. Men’s High Single- J.P Poirier 117; Men’s High Triple- J.P Poirier 312.


Sawmill River 10K

Registration for the annual Sawmill River 10K is underway. 

The race is scheduled for Jan. 1, beginning at 10 a.m. near the Village Common on Main Street in Montague. Race day registration will begin at 9 a.m. at Montague Common Hall. The entry fe e is $35 if paid before Dec. 31 and $45 after. Hot and cold refreshments will be provided. 

The event benefits MPRD’s Sponsor-A-Child Scholarship program. Online registration is available at www.runreg.com/sawmill-river-10k-run or at www.montagueparksrec.com. Call 413-863-3216 to request a registration form via phone.