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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.

The Hunter Education Program offers about 100 courses each year across the state from January through October/November. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will be 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

Worthington
Rod & Gun Club

458 Dingle Road (Rte 112)
WORTHINGTON, MA 01098
Get directions
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

Monument Beach
Sportsman's Club

199 MacArthur Blvd
BOURNE, MA 02532
Get directions

4 session course
(3 evenings & 1 full day)
Tue, July 24: 6pm–9pm
Thu, July 26: 6pm–9pm
Sat, July 28: 8am–4:30pm
Tue, July 31: 6pm–9pm

WAITLIST
For details call
(508) 389-7830

Leominster Sportmen's
Association

1455 Elm Street
LEOMINSTER, MA 01453
Get directions
Handicapped accessible

4 session course
(3 evenings & 1 full day)
Mon, Aug 13: 6pm–8:45pm
Wed, Aug 15: 6pm–8:45pm
Sat, Aug 18: 8am–3:30pm
Mon, Aug 20: 6pm–8:45pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Auburn Sportsmen's Club
50 Elm Street
AUBURN, MA 01501
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4 session course
(3 evenings & 1 full day)
Tue, Aug 14: 6:15pm–8:45pm
Thu, Aug 16: 6:15pm–8:45pm
Sat, Aug 18: 8:15am–5pm
Tue, Aug 21: 6:15pm–8:45pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

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

2 session course
with Independent Study

Wed, Aug 15: 6pm–9pm
Sun, Aug 26: 8am–2pm

CLOSED
Course is full

Cape Gun Works
96 Airport Road
HYANNIS, MA 02601
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6 evening course
Tue, Aug 28: 6pm–9pm
Wed, Aug 29: 6pm–9pm
Thu, Aug 30: 6pm–9pm
Tue, Sept 4: 6pm–9pm
Wed, Sept 5: 6pm–9pm
Thu, Sept 6: 6pm–9pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

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

2 session course
with Independent Study

Wed, August 29: 6pm–9pm
Sun, September 9: 8am–2pm

CLOSED
Course is full

Ashfield Rod and Gun
161 North Street
PLAINFIELD*, MA 01070
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*Plainfield is in Western MA

2 session course
with Independent Study

Wed, Sept 5: 6pm–9:30pm
Sat, Sept 22: 8am–3:30pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Billerica Rod & Gun Club
216 Pond Street
N BILLERICA, MA 01862
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4 evening course
Wed, Sept 5: 6pm–10pm
Mon, Sept 10: 6pm–10pm
Wed, Sept 12: 6pm–10pm
Mon, Sept 17: 6pm–10pm
WAITLIST
For details call
(508) 389-7830

Carver Sportsmen's Club
127 Main Street (Route 58)
CARVER, MA 02330
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4 evening course
Mon, Sept 10: 6pm–9:30pm
Thu, Sept 13: 6pm–9:30pm
Mon, Sept 17: 6pm–9:30pm
Thu, Sept 20: 6pm–9:30pm
CLOSED
Course is full

Shirley Rod & Gun Club
Kittredge Rd (off of Route 2A)
SHIRLEY, MA 01464
Get directions
Handicapped accessible

3 session course
Tue, Sept 11: 6pm–9pm
Thu, Sept 13: 6pm–9pm
Sat, Spet 15: 8am–5pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Rod & Gun Club of
New Bedford

1407 N Hixville Road
N DARTMOUTH, MA 02747
Get directions
Handicapped accessible

2 session course
with Independent Study

Wed, Sept 12: 6pm–9pm
Sat, Sept 29: 8am–2pm
WAITLIST
For details call
(508) 389-7830
     

New Basic course offerings are added continuously throughout the year (January thru October/November) and are listed above as soon as they are open for enrollment. 

Do not wait until the start of a hunting season or an upcoming hunting trip to take a course; you may be too late! 

Check back often www.mass.gov/huntsafe and sign up for course notifications at www.mass.gov/hunter-course-notification

Frequently Asked Questions

About the course

What topics are covered?

Students receive instruction in the safe handling and storage of hunting arms and ammunition, hunting laws and ethics, care and handling of game, and wildlife conservation.

 

How much does the course cost?

There is no charge; the Basic Hunter Education course is free.

 

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 must bring a signed permission form.
  • Dress for the weather, activities can occur outdoors rain or shine. 

DO NOT bring any firearms or ammunition!

 

How long is the Basic Hunter Education course?

Students should be prepared to dedicate 12-18 hours of time towards completing a Basic Hunter Education course. The exact number of hours varies (see above schedule).

  • There is NO online only option in Massachusetts.
  • There is NO 1-day only option in Massachusetts.

 

When & where are the Basic courses in Massachusetts?

The majority of the courses are taught from January through October/November at various locations throughout the state. The facilities used graciously donate their space to the program and most locations can only host 1 or 2 Basic courses per year.

Enrollment, regardless of the course location, is handled by the Hunter Education Program which can be reached at (508) 389-7830.

Do not wait until the start of hunting season to take a course; you may be too late!

 

How can I find a course?

To find a Basic Hunter Education course in Massachusetts, you can periodically check the above listing www.mass.gov/huntsafe. The course listing is routinely updated as courses are added.

Additionally, you can sign up course notifications and we will notify you when courses in your general area open for enrollment.

 

Who teaches the Massachusetts Basic Hunter Education course?

The Hunter Education courses in Massachusetts are administered by the Hunter Education Program and are taught throughout the year by a dedicated group of certified volunteer instructors.

If you are an active hunter/trapper, have completed Basic Hunter Education (in the last 10 years), and are interested in teaching lessons as a volunteer instructor, please contact the program at (508) 389-7820 or hunter.education@mass.gov

 

How old do you have to be to take Basic Hunter Education?

The Basic Hunter Education course is not recommended for anyone under 10 years of age (please be aware, children under the age of 12 are not permitted to hunt in Massachusetts). Young students may find it beneficial to use the online study guide before attending a course.

All students under the age of 18 must have parental consent to attend a course. Parents/Guardians are invited and encouraged to stay during the class sessions.

 

Not sure if you need to take Basic Hunter Education?

All first-time hunters, 18 years of age or older (including archery hunters), who wish to purchase a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license must successfully complete a Basic Hunter Education course.

You can learn more at Who needs Basic Hunter Education and Hunting Regulations for Minors.

If you're still unsure or have questions, call the Hunter Education Program at (508) 389-7820. 

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