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

July 14, August 1 & 2

(3 class sessions)


Mahar Regional School

507 South Main Street


July 14: 6:00-9:00pm

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

August 2: 9:00am-2:00pm

Course started Handicapped Accessible

August 3, 5, 7 & 8

(4 class sessions)


Wankinquoah Rod & Gun, Inc.
92 Pine Street


August 3, 5 &7: 6:00-9:00pm

August 8: 8:00am-5:00pm

Course is Full Handicapped Accessible

August 5, 6, 12, 13, 20 & 21

(6 class sessions)


Lawrence Rod and Gun Club

9 Webster Street



Course is Full Handicapped Accessible

August 11, 13, 15 & 18

(4 class sessions)


Auburn Sportsmen's Club
50 Elm St

August 11, 13 & 18: 6:15-8:45pm

August 15: 8:15am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call


Handicapped Accessible



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

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