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

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & October 7

(6 class sessions)

Billerica

Billerica Rod & Gun Club

216 Pond Street

Directions

7:00pm-9:30pm

Course is full

 

September 14, 16, 19 & 21

(4 class sessions)

Leominster

Leominster Sportsman’s Association

1455 Elm Street

Directions

September 14, 16 & 21: 6:00-8:45pm

September 19: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is full

Handicapped Accessible

September 8, 9, 11, 15, 16 & 18

(6 class sessions)

Carver

Carver Sportsmans Club

127 Main Street

Directions

6:30pm-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

 

September 8, 9, 12 & 14

(4 class sessions)

Middleboro

Wankinquoah Rod & Gun, Inc.
92 Pine Street

Directions

September 8, 9 & 14: 6:00-9:00pm

September 12: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is full

Handicapped Accessible

September 14, 16, 18, 21, 23 & 25

(6 class sessions)

Hanson

Hanson Rod & Gun Club

104 Davis Road

Directions

6:00-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

 

September 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 & 24

(6 class sessions)

Pittsfield

Pittsfield High School
300 East St
Directions

6:00-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

September 15 & 26

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Plainfield

Ashfield Rod & Gun Club

161 North Street

Directions

September 15: 6:00-9:30pm

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

Course is full

 

September 21, 23 & 27

(3 class sessions)

Becket

Becket Town Hall

557 Main Street

Directions

September 21 & 23: 5:30-9:30pm

September 26: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

 

September 21, 23, 26 & 28

(4 class sessions)

North Brookfield

N. Brookfield Sportsmen's Club
20 Boynton Road
Directions

September 21, 23 & 28: 6:30-9:00pm

September 26: 8:30am-3:30pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

 

September 22, 24, 26 & 29

(4 class sessions)

Hopkinton

Southboro Rod & Gun Club

254 Fruit Street

Directions

September 22, 24 & 29: 6:30-8:30pm

September: 26: 8:00am-5:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

September 22, 24 & 27

(3 class sessions)

Tolland

Tolland Public Safety Complex

206 West Granville Rd.

Directions

 

September 22 & 24: 5:30-9:00pm

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

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

 

 

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

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