Additional hunter education courses

After an interruption of courses due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a few restrictions have eased and some advanced courses are resuming. Please check these pages periodically for any updates.

MassWildlife periodically offers Map, Compass, & Survival; Black Powder Education; and Waterfowl ID courses. These courses are designed for both experienced and novice hunters who want to improve or add to their skills.

Students under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian to attend these courses. A parent or guardian should be present at the start of the student's class to complete the student's registration form or the student can bring a signed form with them to the start of their course.

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

Map, Compass, & Survival courses

Map, Compass, & Survival courses are offered in the towns of Westminster and Pittsfield between April and October. This course is not recommended for students under 12 years of age.

Type

Date/Time

Location

Status

Map, Compass & Survival

Saturday
April 23, 2022
8 am–6 pm

Public Safety Building
7 South Street
Westminster, MA 01473

Directions

COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed

Map, Compass
& Survival

Saturday
May 21, 2022
8 am–6 pm

Public Safety Building
7 South Street
Westminster, MA 01473

Directions

COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed

Map, Compass
& Survival

Saturday
June 11, 2022
8 am–6 pm

Public Safety Building
7 South Street
Westminster, MA 01473

Directions

COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed

Map, Compass
& Survival

Saturday
July 9, 2022
8 am–6 pm

Public Safety Building
7 South Street
Westminster, MA 01473

Directions

COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed

Map, Compass & Survival

Saturday
August 13, 2022
8 am–6 pm

Public Safety Building
7 South Street
Westminster, MA 01473

Directions

COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed

Map, Compass
& Survival

Saturday
September 10, 2022
8 am–6 pm

Public Safety Building
7 South Street
Westminster, MA 01473

Directions

COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed

Black Powder Education courses

There are no Black Powder courses currently scheduled. Please check back periodically for updates.
 

Waterfowl Identification & Hunting courses

There are no Waterfowl ID & Hunting courses currently scheduled. Please check back periodically for updates.

What should students bring to class?

  • Students should bring plenty to drink and eat including snacks, and a bagged lunch.
  • Students should dress for comfort and for the weather. Courses include both classroom and outdoor activities and students should expect to be outside for part of the class - rain or shine.
  • Students enrolled in a Map, Compass, and Survival course will spend a lot of time outside in the woods practicing map and compass skills. We recommend wearing comfortable footwear (i.e. hiking or running shoes), long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and bright outer clothing. Students should also carry insect repellent, sunscreen, and water with them while in the woods and, if available, a whistle.

Tips for finding a course

  • Visit this page often from March through October when these types of courses are offered.
  • Provide your contact information and we will notify you when courses are scheduled.

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