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.

2016 Basic Hunter Education Courses

Courses

2016

Town

Location

Hours

Enrollment Information

February 1, 4, 8, 11, 15 & 18

Feb. 8th Class Cancelled 

Course Resumes Feb. 11th

(6 class sessions)

Harwich

Cape Cod Fish & Game

796 Depot Street

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Course started

Handicapped Accessible

February 1, 4, 5, 8, 10 & 12

Feb. 5th & 8th Class Cancelled 

Course Resumes Feb. 10th

(6 class sessions)

Plympton

Upland Sportsmen’s Club

67 Upland Road

Directions

6:30pm-9:00pm

Course started

February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1 & 8 

(6 class sessions)

Bedford

Woburn Sportsmen's Assoc.
155 Middlesex Turnpike
Directions 

7:00pm-9:30pm

Course started Handicapped Accessible

February 10, 11 & 13 (20th snow  date)

(3 class sessions)

Upton

Nipmuc Rod & Gun Club

88 Fiske Mill Road

Directions

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

Feb 11: 6:00pm-9:30pm Feb 13: 8:00am-4:30pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

February 17 & 27

(2 class sessions)

Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

 

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

Feb 17: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Feb 27: 8:30am-4:30pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

February 18 & 28

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Gloucester

Cape Ann Sportsman’s Club

57 Cherry Street

Directions

Feb 18: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Feb 28: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

February 20 & 21

(2 class sessions -

Intensive Weekend course )

Belchertown

Swift River Sportsman Club
350 Cold Spring Road
Directions

8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

February 23, 25, 27 & March 1

(4 class sessions)

Sandwich

Shawme Fish & Game Club

400 Route 130

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

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

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

Feb 27 & March 5

(2 class sessions)

Chicopee

Charles C. Kennedy American Legion Post 275

41 Robbins Road

Directions

8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

March 1 & 13

(2 class sessions)

Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Hudson

Riverside Gun Club

16 Wilkins Street

Directions

Mar 1: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Mar 13: 8:00am-4:30pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

March 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 & 17

(6  class sessions)

Pittsfield

Pittsfield High School
300 East St
Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

March 2, 12 & 13

(3 class sessions)

Rutland

Rutland Sportsman’s Club

75 Pleasantdale Road

Directions

Mar 2: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Mar 12: 8:00am-3:00pm

Mar 13: 8:00am-3:00pm

Course is Full

March 5 & 6 

(2 class sessions -

Intensive Weekend course )

Southwick

American Legion Post 338

46 Powder Mill Road

Directions

8:00am-4:30pm

Course is Full

March 5 & 6

(2 class sessions

Intensive Weekend course )

Nantucket

International Order of Odd Fellows

37 Bartlett Road

Directions

8:00am-3:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

March 7, 11, 14, 18, 21 & 25

(6 class sessions)

Cheshire

Cheshire Rod & Gun Club

310 Curran Road
Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

March 8, 10, 12 & 14

(4 class sessions)

Auburn

Auburn Sportsmen's Club
50 Elm St
Directions

6:15pm-8:45pm

Mar 12: 8:15am-4:00pm

Course is Full

March 14, 15, 19 & 21

(4 class sessions)

Concord

Concord Rod & Gun Club
74 Strawberry Hill Rd
Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Mar 19: 8:00am-5:00pm

Course is Full

March 14, 16, 19 & 21

(4 class sessions)

Middleboro

Wankinquoah Rod & Gun
92 Pine Street

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

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

Course is Full

March 14, 16, 19 & 21

(4 class sessions)

Princeton 

Nimrod League of Holden Inc.
168 Coal Kiln Rd
Directions 

6:00pm-9:00pm

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

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

March 14, 16, 19 & 21

(4 class sessions)

North Brookfield

N. Brookfield Sportsmen's Club
20 Boynton Road
Directions

6:30pm-9:00pm

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

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

March 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 & April 1

(6 class sessions)

Methuen

Methuen Rod & Gun Club
240 Tyler St
Directions

7:00pm-9:30pm

Course is Full

March 19 & 20

(2 class sessions -

Intensive Weekend course )

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

March 29 & 31

April 2 & 5

(4 class sessions)

Hopkinton

Southboro Rod & Gun Club

254 Fruit Street

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Apr 2: 8:00am-5:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

March 29 & 31

April 2

(3 class sessions)

Townsend

Townsend Rod & Gun Club

46 Emery Road

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Apr 2: 8:00-5:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

March 29 & 30

April 2 & 5

(4 class sessions)

East Falmouth

Falmouth Rod & Gun Club
203 Carriage Shop Road
Directions

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

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

Apr 2: 8:00am-4:30pm

Apr 5: 6:00pm-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

March 31 & April 16

(2 class sessions)

Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

 

Braintree

Braintree Rifle & Pistol Club

788 Liberty Street

Directions

Mar 31: 6:00pm-9:30pm

April 16: 8:00am-4:30pm

Course is Full

 

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

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