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 (80) courses each year across the state from January through October/early November and tries to offer 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.

 

2015 Basic Hunter Education Courses

Courses

2015

Town

Location

Hours

Enrollment Information

January 3, 10 & 17

(3 class sessions)

Middleton

Danvers Fish & Game Club
20 Birch Road
Directions

8am-1pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

January 10 & 11

(Weekend course)

Southwick

American Legion Post #338

46 Powder Hill Road

Directions

8am-5pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

January 13, 14, 17, & 20

(4 class sessions)

Yarmouthport

Bass River Rod & Gun Club

Route 6A

Directions

Jan 13: 6-9pm

Jan 14: 5:30-9:30PM

Jan 17: 8:30am-4:30pm

Jan 20: 6-9pm

Course is Full

January 14, 24 & 25

(3 class sessions)

Barre

Barre Sportsmen's Club
221 Springhill Road
Directions

Jan 14: 6:30-9pm

Jan 24 & 25: 8am-3pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

January 20 & 31

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Westborough

Div. of Fisheries & Wildlife
Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road 

Directions

Jan 20: 6-9:30pm

Jan 31: 8:00am-3:pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

Jan 28, Feb 7 & 8

(3 class sessions)

S. Royalston

Royalston Fish & Game Club
Route 68 (Main Rd. Phillipston)
Directions

Jan 28: 6:30-9pm

Feb 7 & 8: 8am-3pm

Course is Full

 Handicapped Accessible

February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3 & 10

(6 class sessions-Tues nights)

Bedford

Woburn Sportsmen's Assoc.
155 Middlesex Turnpike
Directions

7:00 - 9:30PM

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

February 7 & 14

(2 class sessions)

Chicopee

Charles C. Kennedy American Legion Post 275

41 Robbins Road

Directions

8am-4pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

February 12, 14, 17 & 19

(4 class sessions)

Bourne

Monument Beach Sportsmen Club

199 MacArthur Boulevard

Directions

6-9pm

Feb 14: 8am-4pm

Course is Full

 Handicapped Accessible

February 17, 19, 21 & 23

(4 class sessions)

Auburn

Auburn Sportsmen's Club
50 Elm St
Directions

6:15- 9:00pm
Feb 21: 8:15am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

 

 

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

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