Basic Hunter Education course offerings

Mandatory course for all first-time hunters

By state law, anyone 18 years of age or older, who wishes to purchase a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license must either have a government issued Basic Hunter Education certificate from any jurisdiction or a hunting license from any jurisdiction in North America prior to 2007.

MassWildlife offers Basic Hunter Education courses year round, across the state, in different formats to meet the public’s needs.

Currently, students can attend either a traditional course with multiple in-class sessions OR a 2 day independent study course.

Upon successful completion, graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion recognized in all U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico.

Basic Hunter Education course schedule

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

 

DEERFIELD: 4 session course, October 3rd–October 17th

Location Required Dates Status
Franklin County Sportsmen's Club
721 River Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
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Handicapped accessible

Oct 3: 6pm–9pm
Oct 10: 6pm–9pm
Oct 14: 8am–4pm
Oct 17: 6pm9pm

Course has begun

 

FOXBOROUGH: 2 session course + Independent Study required
Class sessions meet October 3rd & October 21st

Location Required Dates Status
Bass Pro Shops
1 Bass Pro Drive
Foxborough, MA 02035
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Handicapped accessible

Oct 3: 6pm–9pm
Oct 21: 8am2pm
+ Independent Study required

Course has begun

 

ROCHESTER: 6 session course, October 9th–October 20th

Location Required Dates Status
Sippican Rod & Gun Club
215 Dexter Lane
Rochester, MA 02770
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Handicapped accessible

Oct 9, 11, 13, 16, 18 & 20
All 6 dates meet from 6:30pm–9:30pm

Course has begun

 

MILTON: 2 session course + Independent Study required
Class sessions meet October 11th & October 22nd

Location Required Dates Status
New England Base Camp
411 Unquity Road
Milton, MA 02186
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Oct 11: 6pm–9pm
Oct 22: 8am2pm
+ Independent Study required

Course has begun

 

WESTBOROUGH: 2 session course + Independent Study required
Class sessions meet October 19th & October 30th 

Location Required Dates Status

MassWildlife Field HQ
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581
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Handicapped Accessible

Thu, Oct 19: 1pm–4pm
Mon, Oct 30: 8am2pm
+ Independent Study required

Course is full


NEW! SUDBURY: 2 session course + Independent Study required
Class sessions meet November 1st & November 8th

Location Required Dates Status

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
Visitor Center

680 Hudson Road*
Sudbury, MA 01776
Get Directions
Handicapped Accessible
*Once on the refuge, the road is named
Winterberry Way and the Visitor Center will
be about half a mile from the main entrance.

Wed, Nov 1: 6pm–9pm
Wed, Nov 8: 8am–2pm
+ Independent Study required

Course is full


WESTBOROUGH: 2 session course + Independent Study required
Class sessions meet November 13th & November 19th

Location Required Dates Status
MassWildlife Field HQ
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581
Get Directions
Handicapped Accessible

Mon, Nov 13: 6pm–9pm
Sun, Nov 19: 8am–2pm
+ Independent Study required

Course is full

What should students bring to class?

All course materials are provided to students at no charge. There is nothing students need to bring with them to class unless they are an unaccompanied minor (see below)

Unaccompanied minor students (17 years of age or younger) must bring a signed permission form to the first session of class in order to participate. 

Please note, for longer class sessions that have a lunch break, students may want to bring a bagged lunch. Not all facilities have food available to purchase. 

Notify me if a course opens in my area

To be notified of upcoming classes in your general area, please fill out the course notification form or call the Hunter Education Office at (508) 389-7820, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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