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

Courses

2015

Town

Location

Hours

Enrollment Information

March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2

(March 5th Class cancelled; Course begins March 12th)

(4 class sessions)

Reading

Reading Rifle & Revolver Club
Haverhill Street
Directions

6:00 – 9:30pm

Course  started

 Handicapped Accessible

March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2 & 9

(6 class sessions)

Tewksbury

Tewksbury Rod & Gun Club
79 Chandler Street
Directions

7:00 – 9:30pm

Course  started

 Handicapped Accessible

March 18, 19, 25, 26, April 1& 2

(6 class sessions)

Methuen

Methuen Rod & Gun Club
240 Tyler St
Directions

7:00 - 9:30pm

Course  started

March 18, April 11 & 12

(3 class sessions)

Hubbardston

Hubbardston Rod & Gun Club

55 Williamsville Road

Directions

Mar 18: 6:30-9:00pm

Apr  11&12: 8am-3pm

Course  started Handicapped Accessible

March 25 & April 11

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Plainfield

Ashfield Rod & Gun Club

161 North Street

Directions

Mar 25: 6-9:30pm

Apr 11: 8am-3pm

Course  started

March 31, April 7, 11 & 14

(4 class sessions)

Deerfield

Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club

721 River Road

Directions

6:30-9:00pm

Apr 11: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course  started Handicapped Accessible

April 7, 9, 11, 14

(4 class sessions)

Sandwich

Shawme Fish & Game Club

400 Route 130

Directions

6:00-9:00pm

Apr 11: 8:00am-4:30pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

April 7, 9, 11 & 13

(4 class sessions)

Southbridge

Bay Path Archers
243 Guelphwood Road
Directions

6:00-9:00pm

Apr 11: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

April 11 & 12

(Weekend course)

Belchertown

Swift River Sportsman Club
350 Cold Spring Road
Directions

8:00am-4:30pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

April 13, 15, 18 & 20

 

(4 class sessions)

Sterling

8 Point Sportsman’s Club

147 Beaman Road

Directions

6:00-9:00pm

Apr 18: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

April 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, & May 1st

(6 class sessions)

Williamstown

East Mountain Sportsman Club

312 Henderson Road

Directions

6:00-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

April 14 & 26, 2015

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Holbrook

Holbrook Sportsmen Club 150 Quincy Street

Directions

Apr 14: 6:30 - 10:00pm

Apr 26: 8:00am  3:00pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

April 15 & April 25

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Hadley

US Fish & Wildlife Service HQ
300 Westgate Center Dr
Directions 
(Photo ID needed for entry)

Apr 15: 5:30-9:30pm

Apr 25: 7:30am-3:00pm

Course is Full Handicapped Accessible

April 20, 22, 24 & 25

(4 class sessions)

Foxborough

Bass Pro Shops

1 Bass Pro Drive

Directions

6:00-9:00pm

Apr 25: 9am-5:00pm

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

April 20,22,24,27,29 & May 1

(6 class sessions)

Hanson

Hanson Rod & Gun Club

104 Davis Road

Directions

6:00-9:00pm

Course is Full

April 20, 21, 23 &25

(4 class sessions)

Worthington

Worthington Rod & Gun Club
458 Dingle Road, Route 112
Directions

5:30-9:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped Accessible

April 28, 30 & May 2

(3 class sessions)

Townsend

Townsend Rod & Gun Club

46 Emery Road

Directions

Apr 28 & 30: 6-9:00pm

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

Course is Full Handicapped

Accessible

May 3 & 17

(2 class sessions)

Granville

Western Mass Bird Dog Club

87 Farnum Road

Directions

7:30am to 4:00pm

Course is Full

May 5, 7, 9 &11

(4 class sessions)

Leicester

Leicester Rod & Gun Club
1015 Whittemore St
Directions

6:15-8:45pm

May 9: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped

Accessible

May 6, 7, 9 &12

(4 class sessions)

Marshfield

Marshfield Rod & Gun Club

300 School Street

Directions

6:00pm to 9:00pm

May 9: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full Handicapped

Accessible

May 11, 16 & 17

(3 class sessions)

Edgartown

Martha’s Vineyard Rod & Gun Club

1799 The Boulevard

Directions

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

May 16: 8:00am-4:00pm

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

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

May 12, 14, 16 & 19

(4 class sessions)

Harvard

Harvard Sportsmen’s Club

250 Littleton Country Road

Directions

6:30-9:00pm

May 16: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

May 21 & June 13

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Lee

Lee Sportsmen’s Club

565 Fairview Street

Directions

May 21: 6:00pm- 9:30pm

June 13: 8:00am-5:45pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

May 21 & 31

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

 

Deerfield

Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club

721 River Road

Directions

May 21: 6:00pm-9:30pm

May 31: 8:00am-3:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Handicapped

Accessible

 

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

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