Basic Hunter Education course offerings

Mandatory course for all first-time hunters

Who needs to complete Basic Hunter Education? All first-time hunters who wish to purchase a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license must successfully complete a Basic Hunter Education course. The Basic Hunter Education course is designed for novice hunters and is standardized across North America. All government-issued Basic Hunter Education certificates, from any jurisdiction, are accepted to meet this requirement.

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.

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-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Location

Details

Status

Ashfield Rod and Gun
161 North Street
PLAINFIELD, MA 01070

2 session course
with Independent Study

Wed, Sept 5: 6pm–9:30pm
Sat, Sept 22: 8am–3:30pm

CLOSED

Course started
on 9/5/18

Southborough
Rod & Gun Club

254 Fruit Street
HOPKINTON, MA 01748
Handicapped accessible

2 session course
with Independent Study

Tue, Sept 11: 6pm–9pm
Sat, Sept 22: 8am–5pm

CLOSED

Course started
on 9/11/18

Rod & Gun Club of
New Bedford

1407 N Hixville Road
N DARTMOUTH, MA 02747
Handicapped accessible

2 session course
with Independent Study

Wed, Sept 12: 6pm–9pm
Sat, Sept 29: 8am–2pm

 

CLOSED

Course started
on 9/12/18

 

Lawrence Rod & Gun Club
9 Webster Street
ANDOVER, MA 01810
Handicapped accessible
6 Evening Course
Sept 19: 7pm–9:30pm
Sept 20: 7pm–9:30pm
Spet 26: 7pm–9:30pm
Sept 27: 7pm–9:30pm
Oct 3: 7pm–9:30pm
Oct 4: 7pm–9:30pm

CLOSED

Course started
on 9/19/18

Harvard Sportsmen's Club
250 Littleton County Road
HARVARD, MA 01451
2 session course
with Independent Study

Thu, Sept 20: 6pm–9pm
Sat, Sept 29: 8am–2pm

CLOSED

Course started
on 9/20/18

     

Bass River Rod & Gun Club
621 MA-6A
YARMOUTH PORT, MA 02675
Handicapped accessible

4 session course
Tue, Sept 25: 6pm–9pm
Wed, Sept 26: 5:30pm–9pm
Sat, Sept 29: 8am–4:30pm
Tue, Oct 2: 6pm–9pm
CLOSED
Course is full

Concord Rod & Gun Club
74 Strawberry Hill Road
CONCORD, MA 01742
Handicapped accessible

4 session course
Mon, Oct 1: 6pm–9pm
Wed, Oct 3: 6pm–9pm
Sat, Oct 6: 8am–5pm
Tue, Oct 9: 6pm–9pm
CLOSED
Course is full

Spencer Fish & Game Club
155 Mechanic Street
SPENCER, MA 01562

4 session course
Mon, Oct 1: 6pm–9pm
Wed, Oct 3: 6pm–9pm
Sat, Oct 6: 8am–5pm
Wed, Oct 10: 6pm–9pm
CLOSED
Course is full
MassWildlife Field HQ
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBORO, MA 01581
Handicapped accessible
 

2 session course
with Independent Study

Tue, Oct 2: 6pm–9pm
Fri, Oct 12: 8am–2pm

CLOSED
Course is full

New England Base Camp
411 Unquity Road
MILTON, MA 02186
Handicapped accessible

2 session course
with Independent Study

Tue, Nov 6: 6pm–9pm
Sun, Nov 18: 8am–2pm*
*Sunday before Thanksgiving

CLOSED
Course is full
Listing last updated on 9/21/18    

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  • Consider taking the Basic Hunter Education course in a nearby state. A government-issued Basic Hunter Education certificate from any state is accepted in Massachusetts in order for you to meet the requirements to purchase your first-ever hunting or sporting license in Massachusetts. If you choose this option, please note that an out-of-state certificate will not be accepted by your local police department to apply for a firearms license (FID or LTC). 

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About this course

Enrollment, regardless of where the course is being held, is handled by the MassWildlife Hunter Education Program which can be reached at (508) 389-7830. There is NO charge for the Basic Hunter Education course and all required materials are provided to students at no additional cost. 

The Basic Hunter Education course is offered year-round at various facilities throughout the state with the greatest number of courses offered in the months of March, April, and September

The majority of our courses are taught by certified volunteer instructors who work in teams to conduct courses. These volunteer instructors are committed and enthusiastic outdoorsmen and women who want to pass on the traditions, ethics, and excitement of hunting to beginners of all ages.

The Basic Hunter Education course typically includes 12-18 hours of instruction over multiple scheduled sessions (there is NO 1-day option and NO online-only option available in Massachusetts). Attendance is required at all sessions listed for the course a student enrolls into and each student must pass a 50-question, multiple-choice exam in order to earn their certificate.

The Basic Hunter Education course is the only state-mandated course in Massachusetts that new adult hunters must take to be eligible for their first-ever hunting license. Even if you only want to hunt, in Massachusetts, using archery equipment, you must obtain a Basic Hunter Education certificate.

You can learn more Massachusetts hunting/sporting license requirements by visiting: Who needs Basic Hunter Education and Hunting Regulations for Minors.

 

Upcoming courses

To be notified when courses near you open for enrollment, sign up for course notifications and continue monitoring the active listing above. You can always return to this page by typing in www.mass.gov/huntsafe

Tip: Do not wait until the start of a hunting season to take a course; you may be too late! Seats fill very quickly and enrollment is limited to a predetermined number of seats.

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

  • Students may want to bring a water/reusable water bottle, notepad/pen, and a lunch for any full day classes.
  • Unaccompanied minors (students under 18 who are attending a course without a parent or legal guardian) must bring a signed permission form.
  • Dress for the weather, activities can occur outdoors rain or shine. 

Do NOT bring any firearms or ammunition!

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