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Additional hunter education courses

The following are enhanced courses, designed for both experienced and novice hunters who want to improve or add to their skills.

Below, students can find all upcoming Black Powder (Muzzleloader) Education courses; Map, Compass, & Survival courses; and Waterfowl I.D. & Hunting courses offered by the MassWildlife Hunter Education Program. Completion of these 3 types of courses is not required in Massachusetts but are beneficial to new and experienced hunters who want to add to their skills. 

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

Upcoming special skills courses

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

Type of course Location Date & Time Details
Black Powder Education N/A N/A We are sorry. There are no Black Powder Education courses being offered by the MassWildlife Hunter Education Program at this time. Please check back later or sign up to be notified of new course offerings.
Map, Compass, & Survival N/A N/A We are sorry. There are no Map, Compass, & Survival courses being offered by the MassWildlife Hunter Education Program at this time. Please check back in late February/early March or sign up to be notified of new course offerings.Map, Compass, & Survival courses are typically offered in the towns of WESTMINSTER and PITTSFIELD.
Waterfowl I.D. & Hunting N/A N/A We are sorry. There are no Waterfowl I.D. & Hunting courses being offered by the MassWildlife Hunter Education Program at this time. Please check back later or sign up to be notified of new course offerings.

What should students bring to class?

Students should bring plenty to drink, snacks, and a bagged lunch to their course. Students under the age of 18, who wish to attend a course without a parent or guardian, must bring a signed permission form to the start of the course.

Students enrolled in a Map, Compass, and Survival course will spend the afternoon in the woods - rain or shine. All students must arrive prepared. We recommend wearing appropriate footwear, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and bright outer clothing. Students should bring insect repellent, sunscreen, a whistle, plenty of water, and be prepared to be outdoors.

Tips for finding a course

  • Sign up for course notifications to be notified by email when new courses are available.
  • Keep an eye on this page, especially from March to October, which is when we typically offer these additional skill courses.

If you are looking for a Basic Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, or Trapper Education course, you are on the wrong page. You can find listings for each of these course types by clicking on the following links: Basic Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Trapper Education.

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