The Basic Hunter Education Course is mandatory for first-time hunters.  Legislation requires that first time hunting or sporting license buyers must successfully complete a Basic Hunter Education course in order to qualify. A government issued Hunter Education certificate from any jurisdiction in North America is accepted.  

The Trapper Education course is mandatory for those who wish to obtain a Massachusetts trap registration number and for Problem Animal Control Agents. 

The Bowhunter Education course is not mandatory in Massachusetts, but it is accepted by all other states requiring a certificate.

Course Information -- All courses and course materials are free.  Course schedules are updated often; however, classes do fill quickly. Those interested in Basic Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, or Trapper Education can use the Course Notification Form to be notified of upcoming classes in their area. Those interested in other classes, which are offered less frequently, may contact the hunter education office at (508) 389-7820 for options.

Hunting/Sporting License Purchase FAQs -- Effective January 1, 2007, legislation requires that first time hunting or sporting license buyers successfully complete a Basic Hunter Education course in any jurisdiction in North America. Anyone with a hunting or sporting license from any state or province prior to 2007 is excused and automatically qualifies for a license. This legislation reinstates the hunter education requirement that had been in place prior to the major gun law changes in 1998.