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Additional hunter education courses

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 permission 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. This course is not recommended for students less than 12 years of age.

To enroll in a course below call (508) 389-7830
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Type Date/Time Location Status
Map, Compass,
& Survival
Saturday
August 24,
8 am–6 pm
Public Safety Building
7 South Street
Westminster, MA 01473
To be added
to the Waitlist call
(508) 389-7830
Map, Compass,
& Survival
Saturday
September 14,
8 am–6 pm
Public Safety Building
7 South Street
Westminster, MA 01473
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830
Map, Compass,
& Survival
Saturday
October 12,
8 am–5 pm

DCR/MassPark's
Visitor Center

740 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Directions

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830
Black Powder Education courses

There are currently no Black Powder Education courses scheduled at this time. 

Waterfowl Identification & Hunting courses

There are currently no Waterfowl I.D. & Hunting courses scheduled at this time. 

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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