Basic Hunter Education Courses

Hunter Education is mandatory for all first time hunters.

As part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s continued efforts to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the health of Massachusetts residents, ALL HUNTER EDUCATION COURSES ARE CANCELLED THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020. IF YOU WERE ENROLLED IN A CLASS THAT WAS CANCELLED, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN ANOTHER COURSE BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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

Harvard Sportsmen's Club
250 Littleton County Road
HARVARD

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2-day course with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Mon, Mar 30: 6pm-9:30pm
Sat, Apr 11: 8am-4pm

CANCELED
Westfield State University
Horace Mann Center

333 Western Avenue
WESTFIELD
Handicapped accessible   

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2-day course with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Mon, Mar 30: 6pm-9:30pm
Sat, Apr 18: 8am-3pm
CANCELED
Ashfield Rod and Gun
161 North Street
PLAINFIELD

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2-day course with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Tue, Mar 31: 6pm-9:30pm
Sat, Apr 11: 8am-3pm

CANCELED

Falmouth Rod and Gun Club
203 Carriage Shop Road
EAST FALMOUTH
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Tue, Mar 31: 5pm-9pm
Sat, Apr 18: 8am-4pm

CANCELED
MassWildlife Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Tue, Mar 31: 6pm-9:30pm
Sat, Apr 11: 8am-2pm

CANCELED

Bass Pro Shop
1 Bass Pro Drive
FOXBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible
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2-day course (Wed & Fri) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Wed, Apr 1: 6pm-9:30pm
Fri, Apr 10: 8am-2pm

CANCELED

Lee Sportsmen's Association
565 Fairview Street
LEE
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2-day course (Thu & Sat) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Thu, Apr 2: 6pm-9pm
Sat, Apr 18: 8am-2pm

CANCELED

Nantucket VFW Post 8608
22 New South Road
NANTUCKET
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2-day course (One full Weekend)
Both dates are required.
Sat, Apr 4, 2020: 8am-4pm

Sun, Apr 5, 2020: 8am-4pm

CANCELED

East Mountain Sportsman Club
312 Henderson Road
WILLIAMSTOWN

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6-day course
Mon & Fri for three weeks

April 6, 10, 13, 17, 20 & 24, 2020
from 6:00pm-9:00pm each night

CANCELED

US Fish and Wildlife Service HQ
300 Westgate Center Drive
HADLEY

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2-day course (Thu & Sat) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Thu, Apr 8: 5:30pm-9pm
Sat, Apr 18: 7:30am-4pm

CANCELED

Concord Rod and Gun Club
74 Strawberry Hill Road
CONCORD
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4-day course (Mon, Wed, Sat, Wed)
Mon, Apr 13: 6pm-9pm
Wed, Apr 15: 6pm-9pm
Sat, Apr 18: 8am-5pm
Wed, Apr 22: 6pm-9pm

CANCELED

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

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2-day course (Thu & Sat) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Thu, Apr 16: 6:00pm-9pm
Sat, Apr 25: 8:00am-2:00pm

CANCELED

Worthington Rod and Gun Club
458 Dingle Road (Route 112)
WORTHINGTON

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4-day course
Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri night
April 20, 21, 23 & 24, 2020 from
5:30pm – 9:00pm each night

CANCELED

Martha's Vineyard Rod & Gun Club
265 The Boulevard
EDGARTOWN

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3-day course (Mon, Sat & Sun)
Mon, Apr 20: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Sat, Apr 25: 8am-5pm
Sun, Apr 26: 8am-5pm

CANCELED

Andover Sportsman's Club
655 Middleton Road
NORTH ANDOVER

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3-day course (Tue, Sat & Sun)
Tue, Apr 21: 7pm-9:30pm
Sat, Apr 25: 9am-5pm
Sun, Apr 26: 12noon-5pm

CANCELED

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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