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 eighty-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 Basic Hunter Education Courses

Courses

2016

Town

Location

Hours

Enrollment Information

Aug 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26

(6 class sessions)

Andover

Lawrence Rod & Gun 

9 Webster Street

Directions

7:00pm-9:30pm

Course Started

Aug 17 & 27

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Westport

Fall River Rod & Gun

309 Sanford Road

Directions

Aug 17: 6:00pm- 9:00pm

Aug 27: 8:00am- 2:30pm

Course Started

Handicapped Accessible

Aug 23, 25, 27, & 30

(4 class sessions)

Bourne

Monument Beach Sportsmen's Club

199 MacArthur Blvd

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Aug 27: 8:00am-4:30pm

Course is Full

Aug 23 & 25

 (2 daytime class sessions)

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

8:00am-4:00pm

Course Started Handicapped Accessible

Sept 6, 7, 10 & 13

(4 class sessions)

East Falmouth

Falmouth Rod & Gun

203 Carriage Shop Road

Directions

Sept 6: 6:00pm- 9:00pm

Sept 7:  5:30pm-9:30pm

Sept 10: 8:00am-4:30pm

Sept 13: 6:00pm- 9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Sept 6, 8, 13, 16, 20 & 22, 2016

(6 class sessions)

Pittsfield

Pittsfield High School

300 East street

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

Sept 7, 12, 14 & 19

(4 class sessions)

 Billerica

Billerica Rod & Gun Club

216 Pond St.

Directions

6:00pm-10:00pm

Course is Full

Sept 7, 8, & 10

(3 class sessions)

Hingham

Wompatuck State Park

204 Union St.

Directions

Sept 7: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Sept 8: 6:00pm-9:35pm

Sept 10: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

Sept 12, 14, & 17

(3 class sessions)

Becket

Becket Town Hall

557 Main Street

Directions

5:00pm-9:00pm

Sept 17: 7:00am-5:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Sept 12, 13, 17 & 19

(4 class sessions)

Concord

Concord Rod and Gun

74 Strawberry Hill Road

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Sept 17: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830 Handicapped Accessible

Sept 12 & Oct. 1

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Lee

Lee Sportsmen's Association

565 Fairview St.

Directions

Sept 12: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Oct 1: 8:00am- 2:00pm

Course is Full

Sept 12, 14, 17 & 19

(4 class sessions)

Leominster

Leominster Sportsman's Assoc.

1455 Elm Street

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Sept 17: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

Sept 12, 14, 17 & 19

(4 class sessions)

Middleboro

Wankinquoah Rod & Gun Club

92 Pine St.

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Sept 17: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830 Handicapped Accessible

Sept 13, 14, 16, 20, 22 & 23

(6 class sessions)

Carver

Carver Sportsmen’s Club

127 Main Street

Directions

6:30pm -9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Sept 13 & 24

(2 class sessions) plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Hopkinton

Southboro Rod & Gun Club

254 Fruit Street

Directions

Sept 13: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Sept 24: 8:00am- 5:00pm

Course is FullHandicapped Accessible

Sept 13, 17 & 18

(3 class sessions)

North Andover

Andover Sportsman’s Club

655 Middleton Road

Directions

Sept 13: 7:00pm-9:30pm

Sept 17: 9:00am-5:00pm

Sept 18: 12pm- 5:00pm

Course is Full

Sept 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 & 30

(6 class sessions)

Hanson

Hanson Rod & Gun

104 Davis Road

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Sept 19, 21, 24 & 26

(4 class sessions)

North Brookfield

N. Brookfield Sportsmen’s Club

20 Boynton Road

Directions

6:30pm to 9:00pm

Sept 24: 8:00am-5:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Sept 20, 27, Oct 1 & Oct 4

(4 class sessions)

Deerfield

Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club

721 River Road

Directions

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Oct 1: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830 Handicapped Accessible

Sept 20 & Oct 2

 (2 class sessions) plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format (2 daytime class sessions)

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

Sept 20: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Oct 2: 8:00am- 3:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830 Handicapped Accessible

Sept 21st  & Oct 1st

(2 class sessions) plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Haverhill

Haverhill Hound, Rod & Gun Club

10 Larch Road

Directions

Sept 21: 6:00-9:30pm

Oct 1: 8:00am-2:30pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830 Handicapped Accessible

Sept 24 & 25

 (2 class sessions)

Saugus

DCR Camp Nihan

131 Walnut St.

Directions

8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Sept 27, 29 & Oct 2

(3 class sessions)

Granville

Western MA Bird Dog Club

87 Farnum Rd.

Directions

5:30pm-9:00pm

Oct 2: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Sept 27, 29 & Oct 1

(3 class sessions)

Shirley

Shirley Rod & Gun Club

Kittridge Rd.

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Oct 1: 8:00am-5:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Oct 5 & 16

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Ipswich

Ipswich Fish & Game

22 Paradise Road

Directions

Oct 5:  6:00-9:30pm

Oct 16: 8:00am-4:00PM

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830 Handicapped Accessible

Oct 18 & 30

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Agawam

Mawaga Sportsmen's Club

377 Adams Street

Directions

Oct 18:  6:00-9:30pm

Oct 30: 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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