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

Mar 14th Class will be cancelled  if school in Pittsfield is cancelled  

 

Mar 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 & 28 

(6 class sessions)

Pittsfield

Pittsfield High School

300 East St.

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

6:00pm-9:00pm

Snow date

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

Course Started 

Class cancelled March 14th

Snow date is Tues March 21st

Mar 14, 18 & 19 &21

(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

Snow date

Mar 21: 7:00pm-9:30pm

Course Started 

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 Started 

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

Course Started 

 

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

Course Started 

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

Course Started 

Mar 20, 22, 27 & 29

(4 class sessions)

Tewksbury

Tewksbury Rod & Gun Club
79 Chandler Street
Directions

Handicapped Accessible

6:00pm-10:00pm

Course Started 

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

Course Started 

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 Started 

Mar 22, Apr 1 & 2,

(3 class sessions)

Hubbardston

Hubbardston Rod & Gun Club

55 Williamsville Road

Directions

Mar 22: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Apr 1: 8:00am-3:00pm

Apr 2:8:00am-3:00pm

Course Started 

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

**Please be advised** This facility is on University property and, by law, no firearm may be carried by any person on University grounds without prior written authorization.

 MGL 269 § 10(j)

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

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

Course is Full

 

Walk-ins are not accepted at this location

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

Course is Full

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

Course is Full

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

Course is Full

April 10, 12 & 15

(3 class sessions)

Becket

Becket Town Hall

557 Main Street

Directions

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

Apr 12: 5:30pm-9:00pm

Apr 15: 8:00am-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 12, 13, 15 & 19

(4 class sessions)

Sandwich

Shawme Fish & Game Club

400 Route 130

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

Park in Front of Bldg

6:00pm-9:00pm

Apr 15: 8:00am-4:30pm

Course is Full

Apr 14 & 23

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Springfield

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

One Armory Square

Suite 2

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

**Please be advised** This facility is on property shared with  Springfield Technical Community College and, by law, no firearm may be carried by any person on college grounds without prior written authorization. MGL 269 § 10(j)

Apr 14: 9:00am-1:00pm

Apr 23: 9:00am-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

April 22 & 23

(2 class sessions – intensive weekend course)

Belchertown

Swift River Sportsman Club
350 Cold Spring Road
Directions

Handicapped Accessible

8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Apr 24, 25, 26, & 27

(4 class sessions)

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

Handicapped Accessible

Apr 24: 6:00pm- 9:30pm

Apr 25: 6:00pm- 9:30pm

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

Apr 27: 5:30pm- 9:30pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

May 2 & 13

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

 

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Canton

Brookwood Community Farm

11 Blue Hill River Road

Directions

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

May 13: 8:00am-2:00pm

Course is Full

May 11 & 20

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

 

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Harvard

Harvard Sportsmen’s Club

250 Littleton County Road

Directions

May 11: 6:00pm-9:30pm

May 20: 8:00am-2:00pm

To Enroll Call 508.389.7830

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