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

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

Course Started

Sept 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 & 30

(6 class sessions)

Hanson

Hanson Rod & Gun

104 Davis Road

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Course Started

Sept 20, 27, Oct 1 & Oct 4

(4 class sessions)

Deerfield

Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club

721 River Road

Directions

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Oct 1: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course Started Handicapped Accessible

Sept 20 & Oct 2

 (2 class sessions) plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format (2 daytime class sessions)

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

Sept 20: 6:00pm-9:00pm

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

Course Started Handicapped Accessible

Sept 21 & Oct 1

(2 class sessions) plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Haverhill

Haverhill Hound, Rod & Gun Club

10 Larch Road

Directions

Sept 21: 6:00-9:30pm

Oct 1: 8:00am-2:30pm

Course Started Handicapped Accessible

Sept 27, 29 & Oct 2

(3 class sessions)

Granville

Western MA Bird Dog Club

87 Farnum Rd.

Directions

5:30pm-9:00pm

Oct 2: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

Sept 27, 29 & Oct 1

(3 class sessions)

Shirley

Shirley Rod & Gun Club

Kittridge Rd.

Directions

6:00pm-9:00pm

Oct 1: 8:00am-5:00pm

Course is Full

Oct 5 & 16

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Ipswich

Ipswich Fish & Game

22 Paradise Road

Directions

Oct 5:  6:00-9:30pm

Oct 16: 8:00am-4:00PM

Course is Full Handicapped Accessible

Oct 18 & 30

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Agawam

Mawaga Sportsmen's Club

377 Adams Street

Directions

Oct 18:  6:00-9:30pm

Oct 30: 8:00am-4:00PM

Course is Full

Oct 24, 25, 26, 27

(4 daytime  class sessions)

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

8:00am- Noon

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830 Handicapped Accessible

Nov 2, 3, & 5

(3 class sessions)

Westborough

MDFW Field Headquarters

1 Rabbit Hill Road

Directions

Nov 2: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Nov 3: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Nov 5: 8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830 Handicapped Accessible

Nov 9 & 19

(2 class sessions plus Independent Study required)

Learn about the Independent Study course format

Mansfield

Mansfield Fish & Game Protective Association

150 East Street

Directions

Nov 9:  6:00-9:30pm

Nov 19: 8:00am-3:00PM

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

Nov 14, 16, & 17

(3 class sessions)

Sudbury

Assabet River NWR Visitor Center

680 Hudson Street

Directions

Nov 14: 6:00pm-9:00pm

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

Nov 17: 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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