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-five (85) 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.

2016 Basic Hunter Education Courses

Courses

2016

Town

Location

Hours

Enrollment Information

July 20 & 30

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Wayland

Wayland Rod & Gun

4 Meadowview Road

Directions

July 20: 6:00pm-9:30pm

July 30: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course Started

July 21, 23, & 25

(3 class sessions)

Gloucester

Cape Ann Sportsmen’s Club

57 cherry Street

Directions

6:00pm-9:30pm

July 23: 8:00am-4:3pm

Course Started

July 25, 26, 28 & 29

(4 class sessions)

Worthington

Worthington Rod & Gun

458 Dingle Road   Rte. 112 Directions

5:30-9:00pm

Course Started

Handicapped Accessible

July 26 & Aug 13

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Sharon

Sharon Fish & Game Club

303 East Street

Directions

July 26: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Aug 13: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course Started

Aug 9, 11, 13 & 16

(4 class sessions)

Auburn

Auburn Sportsmen’s Club

50 Elm Street

Directions

6:15pm to 8:45pm

Aug 13: 8:15am - 4:00pm

Courseis Full

Aug  9, 20 & 21

(3 class sessions)

Orange

Mahar Regional School

507 South Main Street

Directions

Aug 9: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Aug 20: 8:00am-3:00pm

Aug 21: 9:00am-2:30pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible 

Aug 10 & 21

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Plainfield

Ashfield Rod & Gun Club

161 North Street

Directions

Aug 10: 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Aug 21: 8:00am - 2:30pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Aug 10 & 20

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Swansea

Somerset Sportsmen's Club

264 Baker Road

Directions

Aug 10: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Aug 20: 8:00am- 4:00pm

Course is Full

Aug 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26

(6 class sessions)

Andover

Lawrence Rod & Gun 

9 Webster Street

Directions

7:00pm-9:30pm

Course is Full

Aug 17 & 27

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Westport

Fall River Rod & Gun

309 Sanford Road

Directions

Aug 17: 6:00pm- 9:00pm

Aug 27: 8:00am- 2:30pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

Aug 23, 25, 27, & 30

(4 class sessions)

Bourne

Monument Beach Sportsmen's Club

199 MacArthur Blvd

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

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

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Aug 23 & 25

 (2 daytime class sessions)

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

Sept 6, 8, 13, 16, 20 & 22, 2016

(6 class sessions)

Pittsfield

Pittsfield High School

300 East street

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

Sept 6, 7, 10 & 13

(4 class sessions)

 

 

 

Falmouth

Falmouth Rod & Gun

203 Carriage Shop Road

Directions

Sept 6: 6:00pm- 9:00pm

Sept 7:  5:30pm-9:30pm

Sept 10: 8:00am-4:30pm

Sept 13: 6:00pm- 9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Sept 7, 12, 14 & 19

(4 class sessions)

 

Billerica

Billerica Rod & Gun Club

216 Pond St.

Directions

6:00pm-10:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Sept 12 & Oct. 1

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

 

 

 

 

 

Lee

Lee Sportsmen's Association

565 Fairview St.

Directions

Sept 12: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Oct 1: 8:00am- 2:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Sept 7, 8, & 10, 2016

(3 class sessions)

 

 

Hingham

Wompatuck State Park

204 Union St.

Directions

Sept 7: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Sept 8: 6:00pm-9:35pm

Sept 10: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

Sept 12, 14, 17 & 19

(4 class sessions)

 

 

 

Middleboro

Wankinquoah Rod & Gun Club

92 Pine St.

Directions

Sept 12: 6:00pm- 9:00pm

Sept 14: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Sept 17: 8:00am-4:00pm

Sept 19: 6:00pm-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830 Handicapped Accessible

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

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