Basic Hunter Education course offerings

Mandatory course for all first-time hunters

By state law, all first-time hunters (18 years of age or older) must successfully complete a Basic Hunter Education course before they purchase a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license. To see if you already qualify for a Massachusetts Hunting or Sporting license, please visit MassFishHunt or read more at "Who needs Basic Hunter Education?"

Hunters 12-17 years of age must adhere to the regulations which are specific to their age. While minors are not required to complete Basic Hunter Education, it can be beneficial as it is a prerequisite for certain youth programs and allows minors 15-17 years of age to hunt without direct supervision.

What do students who complete the Basic Hunter Education course in Massachusetts earn? Upon successful completion of the Massachusetts Basic Hunter Education course, graduates are mailed a certificate of completion recognized in all U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico. This certificate never expires.

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

Basic Hunter Education Schedule

To enroll in a course call (508) 389-7830
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM–4:00 PM

Students must attend ALL DATES of the course they select.
There are NO 1-day courses and NO online-only courses available in Massachusetts.

Facility

Format & Required Dates

Status

New England Base Camp
411 Unquity Road
MILTON, MA 02186
Click here for directions**
Handicapped accessible
**Heavy traffic area

2 session course
with Independent Study

November 6: 6pm–9pm &
November 18: 8am–2pm

CLOSED
This is a 2-day
course which
started on Nov. 6

     

MassWildlife Field HQ
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBORO, MA 01581
Click here for directions
Handicapped accessible

2 session course
with Independent Study

Nov. 19 (Mon): 6pm–9pm &
Dec. 1 (Sat): 8am–2pm

FULL
Enrollment
has ended.

MassWildlife Field HQ
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBORO, MA 01581
Click here for directions
Handicapped accessible

2 session course
with Independent Study

Nov. 26 (Mon): 6pm–9pm &
Dec. 8 (Sat): 8am–2pm

FULL
Enrollment
has ended.

MassWildlife Field HQ
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBORO, MA 01581
Click here for directions
Handicapped accessible

2 session course
with Independent Study

Nov. 26 (Mon): 6pm–9pm &
Dec. 9 (Sun): 8am–2pm
FULL
Enrollment
has ended.
     

Click here to download a printable PDF of the Hunter Education course offerings in Massachusetts. 

To be notified by email when new course are available near you, sign up for course notifications.

Future courses

The above schedule is updated as soon as new courses are open for enrollment. Although courses are offered year round, the majority happen in the spring (February through April) and early fall (August through September) each year. If you wait until hunting season to try and find a course, you may not have many options available to you. 

Tips for finding a course

  1. Periodically check the above listing (Mass.gov/huntsafe) to see what is actively being offered across the state. The above course listing is routinely updated as courses are open for enrollment.
  2. Sign up for course notifications (Mass.gov/hunter-course-notification) to be notified when new courses are available in your general area.
  3. Consider taking the Basic Hunter Education course in another state. A government-issued Basic Hunter Education certificate from any US State, Mexico, or Canada is accepted to meet the prerequisites for purchasing a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license. Many states near Massachusetts allow non-residents to attend their hunter education course offerings.
    • If you are using your certificate to becoming eligible for your first-ever hunting license and apply for a firearms license please be aware that your local police department will NOT accept an out-of-state certificate.

​​​​​​​What should students bring to class?

  • Plenty to drink or a reusable bottle.
  • A bagged lunch (for longer sessions - not all facilities are located near food options).
  • The course may include outdoor activities - please dress accordingly.
  • Unaccompanied minors (students under 18 who are attending a course without a parent or legal guardian) must bring a signed permission form.

Do NOT bring any firearms or ammunition.

In the case of inclement weather, students will be notified of any changes or cancellations.

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