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The Massachusetts Hunter Education Program is a public education effort that provides instruction in the safe handling of firearms and other outdoor activities related to hunting and firearm use. Funding for the program is derived from the sale of hunting and sporting licenses, and from federal excise taxes on firearms and archery equipment. The program is administered by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and courses are taught by certified volunteer instructors .  All courses are conducted free of charge.

The Massachusetts Hunter Education Program offers six disciplines including Basic Hunter Education courses and a number of   By state law, anyone planning to buy a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license ("MassFishHunt" Licensing and Harvest Reporting) must either successfully complete a Basic Hunter Education course  or have held a hunting license from any jurisdiction in North America, prior to 2007.  The Basic Hunter Education course curriculum is standardized across North America and all government issued certificates from any jurisdiction are accepted as proof of successfully completing the course in order to purchase a hunting or sporting license.

Courses run each year across the state from January to October, and are offered in different formats to meet the public's needs. To find a Massachusetts Basic Hunter Education Course, you can periodically check our website.  The  Massachusetts Basic hunter Education course listing is routinely updated at the beginning of every month.  Or you can provide your contact information using the  (Course Notification Form ) and we will notify you when the next course is scheduled in your area.