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You need to have successfully completed a Basic Hunter Education course in any US state, Canada, or Mexico.
You do not need proof of course completion. If purchasing your license online, you will be prompted to use an electronic affidavit (check a box) to affirm one of the following:
If purchasing a license from a vendor or from a MassWildlife office, you will be asked to verbally state (verbal affidavit) whether you have held a hunting or sporting license prior to 2007 or if you have ever successfully completed a Basic Hunter Education course. This affidavit is a declaration, under the pains and penalties of perjury, of eligibility to hold a hunting or sporting license.
Use the MassFishHunt system to buy your license online. If you use a smartphone to buy your fishing license, you can download and display it on your phone rather than printing a copy.
You can buy your hunting license in person at license agent locations, which include:
Find a license vendor
You must have your license along with any required permits and stamps while hunting. You can either show a paper copy or display a true, complete, and legible image of your license on your smartphone. You must still comply with all tagging requirements. If a tag is required, as it is for hunting deer, bear, and turkey, hunters must carry a paper copy of the tag attached to the appropriate documentation (i.e. license or permit).
If you are age 15 or older, you need a hunting license. The minimum age for hunting in Massachusetts is 12. Those who are 12-14 may hunt only when accompanied by a licensed hunter 18 years or older, provided that a single bag limit is shared and a single firearm/bow is shared between the two people. Only one minor per adult is permitted.
If you are blind, have an intellectual disability, or have paraplegia and are applying for a license for the first time, you must:
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
251 Causeway St.
Boston, MA 02114
Your license will be mailed to you. After you've applied the first time, you’ll be able to renew and print your license online without submitting another form.
Available M-F 8am-7pm (EST), Sat 8am-5pm