Visiting Massachusetts, what can't I bring...

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    I'll be visiting some family in Massachusetts, near Sturbridge the next couple of weeks. I've never been there before nor to the East coast. We will be flying so gear will be limited but I want to take some things to go explore.

    Not going to take any of my woods guns because I know it's not really America over there as far as the laws go.

    But what else? I've heard from my sister-in-law that there may even be regulations on slingshots....
     
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    There are regulations on everything here. :mad:

    No fun allowed. :(

    Here is an excerpt on slingshots: So, In Mass it is illegal to hunt with a slingshot. It is illegal to sell a slingshot. It is illegal to make a slingshot. Please note, it is NOT illegal to buy, own, and target shoot a slingshot.

    What other stuff were you thinking about bringing?
     
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    Takedown Recurve bow, 5.5"fixed blade, tomahawk,
     
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    Also are there any really cool trails near this area to take my nephew on.
     
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    All of that should be fine. Especially where you are in Mass. If you were walking around in the concrete jungle outside Boston, there would likely be additional laws and regulations to worry about.

    As long as the bow is being used primarily for target shooting. There are enough sportsman clubs around these parts so that target shooting as an answer could be valid anywhere.

    Hunting any animals here is ALSO heavily regulated.
     
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    In Sturbridge there is Wells State Park and to the west there is Brimfield State forest land.

    There are also lots of options south of you near the Connecticut border.

    Any other options might require a good amount of driving.
     
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    Plan to visit Sturbridge village while you are there—it’s very nice. Plymouth is just down the road too, also worth the time if early American life is your thing. Battleship Cove in Fall River if naval ships and history is your thing as well.

    Knives, hawks etc are fine. Long guns too if you have a hunting license.
     
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    I live there (that general vicinity)... there are a few cool trails near Sturbridge. They are short trails however. How far are you willing to drive? A couple towns over in Monson there is a trail that goes up a small mountain.
     
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    Sturbridge is yippyville.... they have extra laws on a lot of stuff.
     
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    115 Sturbridge Rd, Brimfield, MA 01010 Will get you to an Army Core trail that runs through the Tornado damage from the one that went through the area a number of years back... If you are sensitive or have little kids stay on the main trail... there is a spur trail with a memorial that might be upsetting.

    MWB Trail on Mt Hitchcock Rd in Wales MA

    Peaked mountain in Monson MA (400+ft over 2 miles) 43 Butler Rd, Monson, MA

    There are a number of Army core parks around with trails also.


    One you should hit up for the fun of it...
    Purgatory Chasm State Reservation off rt 146... lots of rocks to climb over
     
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    Ill be renting a car, so we will be exploring a bit. Thanks for the recommendations, Ill be researching those. Also my wife's family has about 10 acres of woods to play around in.
     
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    Is a yippy, a yuppie hippy?
     
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    Note that ammunition, or ammunition components (bullets, primers, powder and unloaded brass) require a MA license (called FID or LTC.) This would probably only jam you up if it's in a vehicle and if the cop stopped you for some other reason. Likewise for magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

    I'd keep any gear buried in a backpack until you get to the house and then leave it while touristing. I would think you'd be fine if camping or on private land.

    Likewise recommend OSV or Battleship Cove, if you have time and want to do something. Plimoth Plantation has seen better days, I'm told but is worth the trip. Also a good museum less than 2 hours away is the Pequot Museum at Foxwoods Casino. Harvard University's museum of natural history has an original ~350 year old Wampanoag bow called the Sudbury bow, I believe.

    Some of these cost an entrance fee, but if you have family who have a library card they may be able to get free day passes. It may be worth asking your hosts to ask the library.

    At Lexington and Concord you can see the first battlefield for the Revolutionary War.
     
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    LOL! Thanks.
     
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    Nope, the people there just remind me of yippie little dogs, not everyone obviously as there are some great people who live there but in general the people there are rude and dont know how to mind their own business. They are very classist there to the point at times you might think you were in white india. Oh and don't walk around Sturbridge with a visible knife... someone will call the cops. It may be "western mass" but it's about as close to being Cambridge as you can get without the people needing to be institutionalized.
     
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    I was at Plymouth last fall, they have actually put a lot of money into it recently and it’s pretty nice again. It does seem to suffer from underfunding in cycles. The Pequot museum at Foxwoods is a hidden treasure for sure.
     
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    I haven't been for years and I hate passing on bad info. Thanks for the update.

    Oh, and let's not forget the Whaling Museum in New Bedford.
     
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    It was indeed hurting for a long time for sure.
     
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    OSV has had a lot of problems also. I know everyone in sturbridge loves OSV... but most of them only go on the local free weekend. So yeah, they've had some money issues also.
     
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    Ticks are awful this year. Lyme disease is present so you may want to wear lots of repellant.
     
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    I've got a fresh bottle of permethrin and will be treating clothing and gear tomorrow.
     
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    It's bad, especially near Sturbridge. I'd go with permithrin personally. The lines that got nailed by the tornado run through the OSV property... when I work those every hundred feet or so I'm knocking off 10-20 of the buggers.
     
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    These places need to keep attracting and competing with Six Flags and similar places for clients; so they either fall into disrepair or try to become amusement parks rather than historical experiences. When I was a kid going to the circus was a major event in a kid’s year—Ringling Bros doesn’t even exist today. Even the small local amusement parks of my childhood have all closed. People are harder and harder to please, and been there done that once is the order of the day; it’s all about the next experience.
     
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    Are you here now?
     
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    The schools don't do trips there really anymore due to the scheduling and having to teach to the MCAS tests... that probably is what has them in the most financial trouble. Honestly, while OSV was cool to see once... there is little value in repeated trips unless there is a specific event of particular interest to you. It's about $75 just to get in for my family of 4. If we want to eat, another $40+. They have some cool classes but they arn't often enough... the blacksmith class is sold out 6+months ahead of time.
     
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    Am I the only one that likes massachusetts?
     
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    Parts of Massachusetts are great! Like the Berkshires of Western mass, for example!
     
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    If you are going to be in and around in Sturbridge - Bigelow Hollow State forest in CT is a great place to do some bush bumming. Here is the main page - BHSP
    Here is the trail map - MAP
     
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    Is there a memorial near a certain bridge at Chappaquiddick Island?
     
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    Timely post @Duncsquatch, taking a family trip to Plymouth / Boston the end of this month. Unfortunately you are correct about Mass not really being America. At least not with regard to what Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, Sam Adams and the boys stood for.

    @M.Hatfield...wait, WHAT?!?!? o_O How does that even work? I can legally BUY a slingshot, but Walmart can't legally SELL one? There's a method of "gun" control for you. Sounds like some of the lawmakers from New England (and other states no doubt) should be shipped back to old England!!
     
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    Yup - Ol' Sam Whittemore is rolling in his grave.

    [​IMG]

    Massachusetts is a great state with much to see and do. Politically - well, people sometimes get the government they deserve...
     
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    actually you are incorrect about this... even then there was certain measures of gun control. Most people don't realize it, but the right to pubic carry for protection didn't originate with the constitution, but in the south decades later. Most states kept the English common laws after the revolution... except PA but they also banned militias because pacifists were in charge. Right, wrong or otherwise our forefathers were ok with gun control... in fact in 1786 having a loaded gun in your home was illegal in Boston. Even more, John Adams called for a disarmament of citizens who would not fight against the British... it's in his auto-biography. So as confused as the people of MA are, and trust me I'm trying to figure out how common sense got bred out of so many of them, they do have a basis even among the founders for how they want their state to run... as much as it pains me to say it.


    I should also mention the great contradiction here... nearly 1/4 of the guns made a year are made in MA. Springfield, Smith & Wesson, Savage Arms all have factories here... Colt has one just south in CT.

    OH, come to think of it... @Duncsquatch should visit the museum in the Springfield Armory National Historic Site
     
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    Sling shots are dangerous, okay? You can put an eye out with a well placed shot! :eek:

    Of course, a falling pine needle can do the same but there are no laws against those things here. :confused:

    Watch out for falling pine needles if you ever come visit. ;)
     
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    If you're going to be driving around, and particularly if the weather isn't cooperative, I happen to be a fan of the New Bedford Whaling museum.

    https://www.whalingmuseum.org/
     
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    Shame, you both miss the Drover Roast at Salem Cross Inn

     
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    YET! Give them time, give them time.
     
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    I can almost throw a rock and hit that from my shop. If you do come here PM me I'll take you to lunch.
     
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    Antonio's on Coggeshall St?
     
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    Naa, the Cumberland Farms on Plymouth St in Halifax ;p
     
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    While in Sturbridge and you enjoy BBQ you need to give BT's Smokehouse a try. Pretty friggin good! The brisket sandwich is incredible. At times you can't get near the place but if you can get there during the week it's well worth it.
    https://www.btsmokehouse.com/
     
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    Sweet I got a week+ of stuff on this thread to explore. How about best pizza and beer?

    I am kinda spoiled for micro breweries in the pnw though.
     
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    Pizza, Enricos... it's brick oven. There is a brewery on 20 youll want to check out. https://www.treehousebrew.com/

    also a cidery if you dont mind a short drive into CT http://www.crazycockcider.com/home.html

    I should add village pizza is pretty good too, its just standard pizza.
     
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