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 to meet this requirement.

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

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 Started

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 Started 

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 Started 

Feb 20, 24, 27 & Mar 3, 6 & 10 

(6 class sessions)

Cheshire

Cheshire Rod & Gun Club

310 Curran Rd.

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Course Started 

Feb 21 & 23

(2 daytime class sessions)

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

8:00am to 4:00pm

Course Started 

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

Course is Full

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

Course is Full

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

Course is Full

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: Noon-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

Mar 18 & 19

(weekend course)

Southwick

American Legion Post 388

46 Powder Mill Road

Directions

8:00am-4:30pm

Course is Full

Mar 18 & 25

 (2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Hadley

US Fish & Wildlife Service HQ

300 Westgate Center Drive

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

Mar 18: 8:00am-Noon

Mar 25: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Mar 20, 22, 25 & 27

(4 class sessions)

North Brookfield

N. Brookfield Sportsmen's Club
20 Boynton Road
Directions

6:30pm to 9:00pm &

Mar 25: 8:00am-5:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

 

March 20, 21, 25 & 28

(4 class sessions)

Concord

Concord Rod & Gun Club
74 Strawberry Hill Rd
Directions

Handicapped Accessible

6:00pm-9:00pm &

Mar 25: 8:00am-5:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Mar 20, 22, 25 & 27

(4 class sessions)

Princeton 

Nimrod League of Holden Inc.
168 Coal Kiln Rd
Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm &

Mar 25: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Mar 20, 22, 27 & 29

(4 class sessions)

Tewksbury

Tewksbury Rod & Gun Club
79 Chandler Street
Directions

Handicapped Accessible

6:00pm-10:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Mar 21, 22, 25 & 28

(4 class sessions)

East Falmouth

Falmouth Rod & Gun Club
203 Carriage Shop Road
Directions

Mar 21: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Mar 22: 5:30pm-9:30pm

Mar 25: 8:00am-4:30pm

Mar 28: 6:00pm-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Mar 21, 23, & 25 

(3 class sessions)

Hingham

Wompatuck State Park

204 Union St.

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

6:00pm-9:30pm &

Mar 25: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Mar 25 & Apr 1

(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 27 & Apr 8

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Westfield

Westfield State University, The Horace Mann Center

333 Western Avenue

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

Mar 27: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Apr 8: 8:00am-3:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Mar 28, Apr 4, 8 & 11

(4 class sessions)

Deerfield

Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club

721 River Road

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

6:00pm-9:30pm  &

Apr 8: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Mar 28 & Apr 15

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Plainfield

Ashfield Rod & Gun Club

161 North Street

Directions

Mar 28: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Apr 15: 8:00am-3:00pm

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

Mar 28 & Apr 9

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Georgetown

Georgetown Fish & Game

11 Lake Avenue

Directions

Mar 28: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Apr 9: 8:00am-3:00pm

Course is Full

Mar 29,  Apr 1 & 3

(3 class sessions)

Maynard

Maynard Rod & Gun Club

45 Old Mill Road

Directions

6:00pm-9:30pm  &

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

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

Mar 29, 30, Apr 5, 6, 12 & 13

(6 class sessions)

Methuen

Methuen Rod & Gun Club
240 Tyler St
Directions

7:00pm - 9:30pm

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

Mar 29 & Apr 9

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Ipswich

Ipswich Fish & Game Club

22 Paradise Road

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

Mar 29: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Apr 9: 8:00am-3:00pm

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

Mar 30 & Apr 15

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Gloucester

Cape Ann Sportsmen’s Club

57 cherry Street

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

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

Apr 15: 8:00am-3:00pm

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

April 3, 8 & 9

(3 class sessions)

Edgartown

Martha’s Vineyard Rod & Gun Club

1799 The Boulevard

Directions

Apr 3: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Apr 8: 8:00am-5:00pm

Apr 9: 8:00am-5:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

April 10, 12 & 15

(3 class sessions)

Becket

Becket Town Hall

557 Main Street

Directions

Apr 10: 5:30pm-9:00pm

Apr 12: 8:00pm-5:00pm

Apr 15: 8:00pm-5:00pm

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

Apr 10, 14, 17, 21, 24 & 28

(6 class sessions)

Williamstown

East Mountain Sportsman Club

312 Henderson Road

Directions

6:00pm - 9:00pm

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

Apr 11, 13, 15 & 18,

(4 class sessions)

Southbridge

Bay Path Archers
243 Guelphwood Road
Directions

Handicapped Accessible

6:15pm- 8:45pm &

Apr 15: 8:15am- 4:00pm

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

Apr 17, 18, 20 & 21,

(4 class sessions)

Worthington

Worthington Rod & Gun

458 Dingle Road   Rte. 112 Directions

Handicapped Accessible

5:30pm-9:00pm

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

Apr 17, 19, 21, 24, 26 & 28

(6 class sessions)

Hanson

Hanson Rod & Gun

104 Davis Road

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

Apr 18 & 20

(2 daytime class sessions)

Tyngsborough

Tyngsboro Sportsmen's Club

90 Westford Road

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

April 18, 20 & 22

(3 class sessions)

Townsend

Townsend Rod & Gun Club

46 Emery Road

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Apr 22: 8:00-5:00pm

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

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