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 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 2, 3, 6, 9, 11 & 13

(6 class sessions)

Plympton

The Upland Sportsmen’s Club
67 Upland Road
Directions

6:30-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

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

March 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 & 18

(6 class sessions)

West Barnstable

West Barnstable Deer Club
1800 Old Stage Road
Directions

6:00- 9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

March 2, 6, 9, 13, 16 & 20

(6 class sessions)

Cheshire

Cheshire Rod & Gun Club

310 Curran Road
Directions

6:00- 9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

March 3, 5, 10. 12, 17 & 19

(6 class sessions)

Pittsfield

Pittsfield High School
300 East St
Directions

6:00- 9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped

Accessible

March 4, 14 & 15

(3 class sessions)

Rutland

Rutland Sportsmen's Club 
75 Pleasantdale Road
Directions

Mar 4: 6:30-9pm

Mar 14 &15: 8am-3pm

Course is Full

March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2

(5 class sessions)

Reading

Reading Rifle & Revolver Club
Haverhill Street
Directions

6:00 – 9:30pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2 & 9

(6 class sessions)

Tewksbury

Tewksbury Rod & Gun Club
79 Chandler Street
Directions

7:00 – 9:30pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

March 7 & 8

(Weekend course)

Nantucket

International Order of Odd Fellows

37 Bartlett Road

Directions

8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

March 9, 11, 14 & 16

(4 class sessions)

Pembroke

Old Colony Sportsmen’s Assoc

159 Forest Street

Directions

6:00-9:00pm;

Mar 14: 8:00am- 4:pm

Course is Full

March 16, 17, 21 & 24

(4 class sessions)

Concord

Concord Rod & Gun Club
74 Strawberry Hill Rd
Directions

6:00pm to 9:00pm;

Mar 21: 8:00am- 5:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

March 16, 18, 21 & 23

(4 class sessions)

Princeton

Nimrod League of Holden Inc.
168 Coal Kiln Rd
Directions

6:00-8:45pm
Mar 21: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

March 17, 21 & 22

(3 class sessions)

North Andover

Andover Sportsman's Club 
655 Middleton Road
Directions

Mar 17: 7:00-9:00pm

Mar 21: 9:00am-5:00pm

Mar 22: 12:00-5:00pm

Course is Full

March 18, 19, 25, 26, April 1& 2

(6 class sessions)

Methuen

Methuen Rod & Gun Club
240 Tyler St
Directions

7:00 - 9:30pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

March 18, April 11 & 12

(3 class sessions)

Hubbardston

Hubbardston Rod & Gun Club

55 Williamsville Road

Directions

Mar 18: 6:30-9pm

Apr  11&12: 8am-3pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

March 24, 25, 28 & 31, 2015

(4 class sessions)

East Falmouth

Falmouth Rod & Gun Club
203 Carriage Shop Rd
Directions

Mar 24: 6-9pm

Mar 25: 5:30-9:30PM

Mar 28: 8:30am-4:30pm

Mar 31: 6-9pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

March 25 & April 11

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Plainfield

Ashfield Rod & Gun Club

161 North Street

Directions

Mar 25: 6-9:30pm

Apr 11: 8am-3pm

Course is Full

 

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

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