If you are a serious deer hunter, then most of your December is bookended by the shotgun season and the muzzleloader season. And Deer Management Zone 10, which includes all of the metropolitan Boston area and the North Shore, is a good place to invest your time. Hunters here are finding nice bucks and abundant deer herds. In fact, DMZ 10 produced the second highest deer-kill last year of all zones in the state. On private farmland and forests in DMZ 10, polite inquiries to hunt are often met with approval. But there is also a surprisingly large swath of public hunting land along and between the Parker and Ipswich rivers. Four large state forests allow deer hunting in this area: Harold Parker (3,500 acres) and Boxford (1,000 acres), both east of Andover, and Georgetown- Rowley (1,124 acres) and Willowdale (1,250 acres), west of Ipswich. Also, three WMAs add substantially to the total: Crane Pond (2,122 acres), Martin H. Burns (1,555 acres) and William Forward (2,083 acres). Contact: Bill Woytek, deer project leader, MassWildlife (One Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581; 508-792-7270).