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






Enrollment Information

November 30, December 1 & December 3

(3 class sessions)


MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road



Course is full

Handicapped Accessible



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

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