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

February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3 & 10

(6 class sessions-Tues nights)

Bedford

Woburn Sportsmen's Assoc.
155 Middlesex Turnpike
Directions

7:00 - 9:30PM

Course is Full

Handicapped Accessible

March 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 & 18

 

(Class cancelled March 2nd; Course begins March 4th)

(5 class sessions)

Centerville

*New Location*

Centerville-Osterville- Marston Mills Fire Dept.

1875 Old Falmouth Road  (Rt28)

Directions

6:00- 9:00pm

Course is Full

March 2, 6, 9, 13, 16 & 20

(6 class sessions)

Cheshire

Cheshire Rod & Gun Club

310 Curran Road
Directions

6:00- 9:00pm

Handicapped Accessible

March 3, 5, 10. 12, 17 & 19

(6 class sessions)

Pittsfield

Pittsfield High School
300 East St
Directions

6:00- 9:00pm

Handicapped

Accessible

March 4, 14 & 15

(3 class sessions)

Rutland

Rutland Sportsmen's Club 
75 Pleasantdale Road
Directions

Mar 4: 6:30-9pm

Mar 14 &15: 8am-3pm

Course is Full

March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2

(5 class sessions)

Reading

Reading Rifle & Revolver Club
Haverhill Street
Directions

6:00 – 9:30pm

Course is Full 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 is Full Handicapped Accessible

March 7 & 8

(Weekend course)

Nantucket

International Order of Odd Fellows

37 Bartlett Road

Directions

8:00am-4:00pm

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

March 9, 11, 14 & 16

(4 class sessions)

Pembroke

Old Colony Sportsmen’s Assoc

159 Forest Street

Directions

6:00-9:00pm;

Mar 14: 8:00am- 4:pm

Course is Full

March 14 & 15

(Weekend course)

Belchertown

Swift River Sportsman Club
350 Cold Spring Road
Directions

8:00am-4:30pm

Course is Full Handicapped Accessible

March 16, 17, 21 & 24

(4 class sessions)

Concord

Concord Rod & Gun Club
74 Strawberry Hill Rd
Directions

6:00pm to 9:00pm;

Mar 21: 8:00am- 5:00pm

Course is Full Handicapped Accessible

March 16, 18, 21 & 23

(4 class sessions)

Princeton

Nimrod League of Holden Inc.
168 Coal Kiln Rd
Directions

6:00-8:45pm
Mar 21: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

March 17, 21 & 22

(3 class sessions)

North Andover

Andover Sportsman's Club 
655 Middleton Road
Directions

Mar 17: 7:00-9:00pm

Mar 21: 9:00am-5:00pm

Mar 22: 12:00-5:00pm

Course is Full

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 is Full

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 is Full

Handicapped Accessible

March 23, 25, 28 & 30

(4 class sessions)

North Brookfield

N. Brookfield Sportsmen's Club
20 Boynton Road
Directions

6:30-9:00pm
Mar 28: 8:00am-4:00pm

Course is Full

March 24, 25, 28 & 31

(4 class sessions)

East Falmouth

Falmouth Rod & Gun Club
203 Carriage Shop Rd
Directions

Mar 24: 6-9pm

Mar 25: 5:30-9:30PM

Mar 28: 8:30am-4:30pm

Mar 31: 6-9pm

Course is Full

March 24, 26, 28 & 31, 2015

(4 class sessions)

Hopkinton

Southboro Rod & Gun Club
254 Fruit Street
Directions

6:30 - 9:00pm;

Mar 28: 8:00am-5:00pm

Course is Full

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 is Full

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 is Full

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

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

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

To Enroll Call

508.389.7830

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

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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