All first-time hunters who wish to purchase a Massachusetts hunting or sporting (combination) license must successfully complete a Basic Hunter Education course. The Basic Hunter Education course is designed for novice hunters and is standardized across North America. All government-issued Basic Hunter Education certificates, from any North American jurisdiction, are accepted as proof of successfully completing the course in order to purchase a hunting or sporting license.

The MassWildlife Hunter Education Program offers about ninety-five (85) courses each year across the state from January through November and offers different formats to meet the public’s needs. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will be mailed a Certificate of Completion recognized in all U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico.

 

2016-2017 Basic Hunter Education Courses

Courses

2016-2017 

Town

Location

Hours

Enrollment Information

Nov 29 & Dec 10

(2 class sessions plus Independent Studyrequired)

Learn about the Independent Studycourse format

Douglas

Whitinsville Fish & Game Club

80 White Court

Directions

Nov 29:  6:00-9:30pm

Dec 10: 8:00am-2:00pm

Course Started 

Dec 6, 8, 13, & 15

(4 class sessions)

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

5:30pm-9:30pm

Course is Full 

Jan 4 & 14, 2017 

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Canton

Ponkapoag Golf Course

2167 Washington St.

Directions

Jan 4: 6:00-9:00pm

Jan 14: 8:00am-2:00pm

Course is Full 

Jan 7 & 21, 2017 

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Danvers

Danvers Fish & Game

20 Birch Road

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

Jan 7: 9:00am- Noon

Jan 21: 8:00am-2:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Jan 11, 21 & 22, 2017

(3 class sessions)

Barre

Barre Sportsmen's Club
221 Springhill Road
Directions

Jan 11: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Jan 21: 8:00am-3:00pm

Jan 22: 8:00am-3:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Jan 14 & 15, 2017

(2 class sessions Weekend Course)

Southwick

American Legion Post 388

46 Powder Mill Road

Directions

8:00am-4:30pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Jan 17, 18, 21 & 24

(4 class sessions)

Yarmouthport

Bass River Rod & Gun Club

Route 6A

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

Jan 17: 6:00-9:00pm

Jan 18: 5:30-9:30pm

Jan 21: 8:00am-4:30pm

Jan 24: 6:00-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Jan 24, 26, & 28

(3 class sessions)

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

6:00pm-9:30pm

Jan 28: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

For additional information, call the Hunter Education office in Westborough, MA at (508) 389-7820.

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