Basic Hunter Education Courses

Hunter Education is mandatory 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 may purchase a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license. Government issued “certificates of completion” from any jurisdiction are accepted.

Minors, 12 to 17 years of age, have separate rules to follow (learn more). While minors are not mandated to complete Basic Hunter Education to hunt, it is one option for minors (15-17 years of age) to purchase hunting license and it is a prerequisite for all minors (12-17 years of age) to participate in some youth programs such as the youth turkey hunt program and the young adult pheasant hunt program.

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

Basic Hunter Education Course Listing

To enroll in a course below call (508) 389-7830
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Facility & Address
Dates and Times
Status

Woburn Sportsmen's Association
155 Middlesex Turnpike
BEDFORD

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2-day course (Tue & Sat) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Tues, Oct 8: 6:00pm–9:30pm
Sat, Oct 19: 8am–2:00pm

COURSE STARTED
Enrollment is closed

US Fish and Wildlife Service HQ
300 Westgate Center Drive
HADLEY
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course (Thu & Sat) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Thu, Oct 10: 5:30pm–9:00pm
Sat, Oct 19: 8am–5:00pm

COURSE STARTED
Enrollment is closed

Sippican Rod and Gun Club
215 Dexter Lane
ROCHESTER
Handicapped accessible
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6-day course
Mon & Wed & Fri for two weeks
Oct 14, 16, 18, 21, 23 & 25, 2019
from 6:30pm-9:00pm each night

 

COURSE STARTED
Enrollment is closed

Royalston Fish and Game Club
49 Main Road (Rte. 68)
PHILLIPSTON
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course (Thu & Sat) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Thu, Oct 17: 6:00pm–9:30pm
Sat, Oct 26: 8am–2:00pm

COURSE STARTED
Enrollment is closed

Bass Pro Shop
1 Bass Pro Drive
FOXBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible
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2-day course (Tu & Su) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Tue, Oct 22: 6:00pm–9:30pm
Sun, Nov 3: 8am–2:00pm

COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed

Assabet River NWR Visitor Center
680 Hudson Road
SUDBURY
Handicapped accessible
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2-day course (Thu & Sat) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Thu, Oct 24: 6:00pm-9:30pm
Sat, Nov 2: 8am-2pm

COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed
MDFW Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course (Mon & Wed) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Mon, Oct 28: 6:00pm–9:30pm
Wed, Nov 6: 8am–2:00pm

COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed
MDFW Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course (Mon & Fri) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Mon, Nov 4: 6pm-9:30pm
Fri, Nov 22: 8am-2pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

New England Base Camp
411 Unquity Road
MILTON
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course (Thu & Sun) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Thu, Nov 14: 6:00pm-9:30pm
Sun, Nov 24: 8:00am-2:00pm

COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed
MDFW Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course (Mon & Sat) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Mon, Nov 25: 6:00pm-9:30pm
Sat, Dec 7: 8:00am-2:00pm

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to the Waitlist call
(508) 389-7830

Hanson Rod and Gun Club
126 Davis Road
HANSON
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6-day course
Mon & Wed & Fri for two weeks
Nov 25, 27, 29, Dec 2, 4 & 6, 2019
from 6:00pm-9:00pm each night

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Fin Fur and Feather Club
101 Larch Road
MILLIS
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2-day course (Tue & Wed) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Tue, Dec 3: 6pm-9:30pm
Wed, Dec 11: 8am-2pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Tips for finding a course

MassWildlife Hunter Education courses are offered year round but peak in the spring and fall.

  1. Sign up to be notified. Provide your contact information and we will notify you when courses are available in your general area.
  2. Periodically check this listing. This list is routinely updated as courses are scheduled and opened for enrollment across the state.
  3. Consider a course in a different state. Government issued certificates from any jurisdiction are accepted as proof of successfully completing the course in order to purchase your first-ever hunting license.
  • Important: This option is only recommended if you already have a MA firearms license or do not wish to obtain a MA firearms license. An out-of-state Basic Hunter Education certificate will not be accepted by your local police department to apply for a firearms license.

Note: Individuals who only wish to apply for a firearms license should take a firearms safety course. Certified firearms safety courses are the ideal course for non-hunters and individuals who want only to obtain a MA firearms license (Firearms Identification Card or License to Carry). Contact your local police department to learn what conditions must be met before a firearms license is issued.

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