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 (95) 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.

2017 Basic Hunter Education Courses

Courses

2017

Town

Location

Hours

Enrollment Information

Jan 17, 18, 21 & 24

(4 class sessions)

Yarmouthport

Bass River Rod & Gun Club

Route 6A

Directions

Jan 17: 6:00-9:00pm

Jan 18: 5:30-9:30pm

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

Jan 24: 6:00-9:00pm

Course Started

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

Course is Full 

Jan 30, Feb 2, 6, & 9

(4 class sessions)

Plympton

The Upland Sportsmen’s Club

67 Upland Road

Directions

6:00pm-9:30pm

Course is Full

Jan 31  & Feb 11

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Sudbury

Assabet River NWR Visitor Center

680 Hudson Street

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

Jan 31: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Feb 11: 8:00am-2:00pm

Course is Full

Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 7 & 14 

(6 class sessions)

Bedford

Woburn Sportsmen's Assoc.
155 Middlesex Turnpike

 Directions

Handicapped Accessible

7:00pm-9:30pm

Course is Full

Feb 7  & Feb 15

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Swansea

Somerset Sportsmen’s Club

264 Baker Rd.

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

Feb 7: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Feb 15: 8:00am-2:00pm

Course is Full 

Feb 15, 25, & 26

(3 class sessions)

South Royalston

Royalston Fish & Game Club

Rte. 68 (55 Baldwinville Rd.)

Directions

Feb 15: 6:30-9:00pm

Feb 25: 8:00am-3:00pm

Feb 26: 8:00am-3:00pm

Course is Full 

Feb 16, 18, 21 & 23

(4 class sessions)

Bourne

Monument Beach Sportsmen's Club

199 MacArthur Blvd.

Buzzards Bay

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Feb 18: 8:00am-4:30pm

Course is Full 

Feb 20, 24, 27 & Mar 3, 6 & 10 (6 class sessions)

Cheshire

Cheshire Rod & Gun Club

310 Curran Rd.

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Feb 21 & 23

(2 daytime class sessions)

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

8:00am to 4:00pm

Course is Full

Feb 25 & March 4

(2 weekend class sessions)

Chicopee

Charles C. Kennedy American Legion Post 275

41 Robbins Road

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Mar 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 & 23 

(6 class sessions)

Pittsfield

Pittsfield High School

300 East St.

Directions

 

Handicapped Accessible

6:00pm-9:00pm

 

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Mar 7, 9, 11 & 13 (4 class sessions)

Auburn

Auburn Sportsmen's Club

50 Elm St.

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Mar 11: 8:00am-4:30pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Mar 7, 9, & 11

(3 class sessions)

Douglas

Whitinsville Fish & Game Club

80 White Court

Directions

5:30-9:30

Mar 11: 8:00am–4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

 

Mar 7, 9, 11 & 14 (4 class sessions)

Hopkinton

Southboro Rod & Gun Club

254 Fruit Street

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

6:00pm-9:30pm

Mar 11: 8:00am–4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

March 8, 18 & 19

(3 class sessions)

Rutland

Rutland Sportsman’s Club

75 Pleasantdale Road

Directions

Mar 8: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Mar 18: 8:00am-3:00pm

Mar 19: 8:00am-3:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Mar 13, 15, 18 & 20

(4 class sessions)

Middleboro

Wankinquoah Rod & Gun Club

92 Pine St.

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

6:00pm-9:00pm

Mar 18: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Mar 14, 18 & 19

(3 class sessions)

North Andover

Andover Sportsman’s Club

655 Middleton Road

Directions

Mar 14: 7:00pm-9:30pm

Mar 18: 9:00am-5:00pm

Mar 19: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Course is Full

Mar 13, 15 & 16

(3 daytime class sessions)

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

8:00am to 1:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

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