Basic Hunter Education courses

Basic Hunter Education is mandatory for all first-time adult hunters.

Attention: You may already qualify to hunt in Massachusetts. [Learn more].

Youth hunters (12 to 17 years of age) follow regulations specific to their age. [Learn more].

MassWildlife offers Basic Hunter Education in different formats. All formats cover the same material and students take the same final exam. Choose the one that is right for you!

  • Blended: Students complete the online MA hunter study guide before attending one in-person Field Day.
  • Independent Study: Guided by an instructor team, students attend an in-person introductory class and complete a homework assignment before attending one in-person Field Day.
  • In-person (traditional): Students attend an entirely in-person instructor-led traditional course that is offered over multiple days.

All courses are free of charge and open to the public. 

Table of Contents

Blended Format

If you select the blended format, you must:

  1. Complete the online MA Hunter Study Guide at huntercourse.com
  2. Use this online form to registerprovide proof of completing the study guide, and select a field day (dates listed below).
  3. Attend the field day to finish the course and take the final exam.
Field Day Location Date and Time Status
Danvers Fish and Game Club
20 Birch Road
MIDDLETON
Handicapped accessible
Driving directions
Tuesday
December 27
8 a.m.–3 p.m.

COURSE IS FULL

Plymouth Rod and Gun Club
225 South Meadow Road
PLYMOUTH
Handicapped accessible
Driving directions
Wednesday
December 28
8 a.m.–3 p.m.

COURSE IS FULL

Fin Fur and Feather Club
101 Larch Road
MILLIS
Driving directions
Thursday
December 29
8 a.m.–3 p.m.

OPEN
Register here
(must complete online study guide before registering)

Lee Sportsmen's Association
565 Fairview Street
LEE
Driving directions

Saturday
January 7
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
OPEN
Register here
(must complete online study guide before registering)

 

Independent Study Format

If you select the independent study format, you must:

  1. Enroll in a course and attend the first class
  2. Complete the homework assignment
    Your instructors will explain the process. Students can choose to complete a printed student workbook or the online MA Hunter Study Guide.
  3. Attend the field day
    You will need to bring and submit your completed homework assignment to the field day event to participate.
Location Dates and Times Status
Marshfield Rod and Gun Club
300 School Street
MARSHFIELD
Handicapped accessible
Driving directions

2 required sessions
Mon, Nov 14: 6 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Sat, Dec 3: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Attendance at both dates required.

COURSE STARTED
Enrollment is closed.
Wrentham Sportsmen's Club
7 Madison Street
PLAINVILLE
Driving directions

2 required sessions
Wed, Nov 30: 6 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Sun, Dec 11: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Attendance at both dates required.

COURSE STARTED
Enrollment is closed.
MassWildlife Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Rd
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible
Driving directions

2 required sessions
Thu, Dec 8: 6 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Sun, Dec 18: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Attendance at both dates required.

WAITLIST
Call 508-389-7820

In-Person (Traditional) Format

If you select the in-person (traditional) format, you must attend all classroom sessions as scheduled. This course is entirely in-person and is led by a certified teaching team.

These are traditional face-to-face classes that are interactive and practical with minimal homework requirements.

Location Dates and Times Status
American Legion Post 338
46 Powder Mill Rd
SOUTHWICK
Driving directions

2 required sessions
Sat, Jan 7: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sun, Jan 8: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Attendance at both dates required.

OPEN
To enroll, call (508) 389-7820
Nenameseck Sportsmen's Club
150 Bacon Road*
PALMER
Handicapped accessible
Driving directions
 

2 required sessions
Sun, Jan 15: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sun, Jan 22: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Attendance at both dates required.

WAITLIST
To be placed on the waitlist, call 508-389-7820

*Nenameseck Sportsmen's Club: A section of Bacon Road is closed. To arrive at the club, use GPS location 75 West Ware Road, Palmer, MA 01082. You must use West Ware Road to access Bacon Road.

Contact

Phone

Program Office (508) 389–7820

Open M-F from 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Address

MassWildlife Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581

Tips for finding a course

  1. Bookmark this page and check back on a regular basis. This list is routinely updated as courses open for enrollment across the state.
  2. Sign up to be notified when courses are available in your area.
  3. Consider taking Basic Hunter Education through another state. The Basic Hunter Education course is standardized across North America and a government-issued hunter education certificate from any jurisdiction qualifies you to purchase a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license.
    • An out-of-state Basic Hunter Education certificate will not be accepted to apply for a firearms license. Contact your police department for more information. [Learn more].

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