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.

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

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

Basic Hunter Education Schedule

To enroll in a course listed below call (508) 389-7830
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Facility

Format & Required Dates

Status

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

2 session course
with Independent Study

Both dates are required.
Thu., Dec. 20: 6 PM–9 PM
Sat., Jan. 5: 8 AM–2 PM

FULL
Enrollment
has ended.

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

2 session course
with Independent Study

Both dates are required.
Wed., Jan. 9: 6 PM–9 PM
Fri., Jan. 18: 8 AM–2 PM

FULL
Enrollment
has ended.

American Legion Post 338
46 Powder Mill Rd
SOUTHWICK, MA 01077
Click for directions

2 day course
Both dates are required.
Sat., Jan 12: 8 AM–4 PM
Sun., Jan 13: 8 AM–4 PM

FULL
Enrollment
has ended.

Charles C. Kennedy
American Legion Post 275

41 Robbins Road
CHICOPEE, MA 01020
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

2 day course
Both dates are required.
Sat., Jan 19: 8 AM–4 PM
Sat., Jan 26: 8 AM–4 PM

FULL
Enrollment
has ended.

Assabet River NWR
Visitor Center

680 Hudson Road
SUDBURY, MA 01776
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

2 session course
with Independent Study

Both dates are required.
Wed., Jan 23: 6 PM–9 PM
Sat., Feb 2: 8 AM–2 PM

FULL
Enrollment
has ended.

Woburn Sportsmen's
Association

155 Middlesex Turnpike
BEDFORD, MA 01730
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions
 

6 session course
All 6 sessions are required.
Feb 5: 7 PM–9:30 PM
Feb 12: 7 PM–9:30 PM
Feb 19: 7 PM–9:30 PM
Feb 26: 7 PM–9:30 PM
Mar 5: 7 PM–9:30 PM
Mar 12: 7 PM–9:30 PM

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Cheshire Rod & Gun Club
310 Curran Road
CHESHIRE, MA 01225
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

6 session course
All 6 sessions are required.
Feb 18: 6 PM–9 PM
Feb 22: 6 PM–9 PM
Feb 25: 6 PM–9 PM
Mar 1: 6 PM–9 PM
Mar 4: 6 PM–9 PM
Mar 8: 6 PM–9 PM

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830
     

Future Basic Hunter Education courses

Additional courses will be listed above as they become available. If you do not see a class that meets your availability, keep monitoring this page and sign up to be notified of upcoming courses

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 by email 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.

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