Who may sign up for the Program?
Young women and men ages 12-17 who have successfully completed the Massachusetts Hunter Education Program are eligible to participate in the program. A Firearms Identification Card (FID) and hunting license is required for all young adults between the ages of 15 to 17. Young adults 12 to 14 years of age do not need a license or FID card.
Are there any costs or fees to participate in the Program?
There are no costs to participate in this program. Safety glasses, hearing protection and hunter orange caps and vests will be provided free of charge. Clubs may, however, ask for a nominal donation to cover costs for such things as lunch, refreshments, clay targets or ammunition.
When does the Program take place?
Part 1 of the Program; shooting instruction and practice, will take place during the summer or early fall. Part 2, the pre-hunt workshop will be held a week or two before the young adult pheasant hunt. The actual hunt (Part 3) will be scheduled by a participating club for one of 6 Saturdays prior to the October start of the regular pheasant hunting season.
Where can young adults sign up to participate in the Program?
Contact your local sportsmen's club to see if it offers this program. A list below shows what clubs are participating in the program or contact your local MassWildlife District Office.