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Basic Hunter Education course offerings

Mandatory course for all first-time hunters

By state law, anyone 18 years of age or older must have a government-issued Basic Hunter Education certificate, from any jurisdiction, in order to qualify for their first-ever hunting or sporting license in Massachusetts. 

The Basic Hunter Education course is offered through MassWildlife's Hunter Education program and the active listing is posted below. 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
8 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday

 

Location

Details

Status

Cape Ann Sportsman's Club
57 Cherry Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
Get directions
Handicapped accessible

2 session course
with Independent Study

Tue, May 29: 6pm–9pm
Sat, June 9: 8am–2pm

WAITLIST
For details call
(508) 389-7830

 

Ipswich Fish & Game Club
22 Paradise Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
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Handicapped accessible

2 session course
with Independent Study

Thu, May 31: 6pm–9pm
Sun, June 10: 8am–2pm

CLOSED
Course is full

 

NORCO Sportsmen's Club
91 Houghton Road
Princeton, MA 01541
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Handicapped accessible
4 session course
Mon, June 4: 6pm–8:45pm
Wed, June 6: 6pm–8:45pm
Sat,June 9: 8am–3:30pm
Mon, June 11: 6pm–8:45pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

 

Haverhill Hound R&G Club
10 Larch Road
(off of Chadwick Road)
Haverhill, MA 01831
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Handicapped accessible

2 session course
with Independent Study

Wed, June 5: 6pm–9pm
Sun, June 17: 8am–2pm

 

CLOSED
Course is full

 

 

Bass Pro Shops
1 Bass Pro Drive
Foxborough, MA 02035
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Handicapped accessible

2 session course
with Independent Study

Mon, June 11: 6pm–9pm
Wed, June 27: 8am–2pm

 

CLOSED
Course is full

 

 

New England Base Camp
411 Unquity Road
Milton, MA 02186
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2 session course
with Independent Study

Thu, June 14: 6pm–9pm
Sun, June 24: 8am–2pm

CLOSED
Course is full

 

Worthington Rod & Gun Club
458 Dingle Road (Rte 112)
Worthington, MA 01098
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Handicapped accessible
4 session evening course
Mon, July 23: 5:30pm–9pm
Tue, July 24: 5:30pm–9pm
Thu, July 26: 5:30pm–9pm
Fri, July 27: 5:30pm–9pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

 

Mahar Regional School
507 S Main Street
Orange, MA 01364
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Handicapped accessible
3 session course
Tue, July 10: 6pm–9pm
Sat, July 21: 8am–4pm
Sun, July 22: 9am–2pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830
     

Courses beginning after July 2018 will be posted once they are opened for enrollment.

To be notified when courses near your hometown open for enrollment, sign up for course notifications at www.mass.gov/hunter-course-notification 

Common questions about the Basic Hunter Education course

How long is the Basic Hunter Education course?

This varies (see above schedule). Students should be prepared to dedicate 12-18 hours of time towards their Basic Hunter Education course. Students should be aware that all courses are 2-sessions or longer; there is no one-day option available in Massachusetts.

 

Who teaches the course & where is the course taught?

Where: The Basic Hunter Education is offered 90-100 times a year at various facilities in Massachusetts. Regardless of location, all enrollment is handled by the Hunter Education office which can be reached at (508) 389-7830.

Who: This course is primarily taught by trained, certified volunteers who follow a nationwide, standardized curriculum.

 

When are courses available?

New courses are added continuously throughout the year. The listing above is updated regularly as courses are opened for enrollment.

For planning purposes, students should be aware that the majority of the Basic Hunter Education classes are taught between January and September (before/after common hunting seasons) with the greatest number of class offerings in March, April, and September. 

Don't wait until hunting season to take a course; it may be too late!

 

How will I know when courses near my hometown are open for enrollment?

You can sign up for course notifications and the Hunter Education office will notify you of the Basic Hunter Education courses, in your general area, when they open for enrollment.

Additional Resources for Common questions about the Basic Hunter Education course

Contact us

If you have any questions, please call the Hunter Education office at (508) 389-7820.

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