Basic Hunter Education Courses

Mandatory education 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 (learn more). While minors are not mandated to complete a Basic Hunter Education, it is a prerequisite for certain youth programs such as the youth turkey hunt program and the young adult pheasant hunt program. Completion of a Basic Hunter Education course also allows minors who are 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 below call (508) 389-7830
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Facility & Address

Format & Required Dates

Status
Western Mass Bird Dog Club
87 Farnum Rd
GRANVILLE

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3-day course
Tue, July 9: 6pm-9pm
Thu, July11: 6pm-9pm
Sun, July 14: 8am-4pm

To be added
to the Waitlist call
(508) 389-7830

MDFW Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course with
Independent Study-

Both dates are required.
Tues, July 9: 6pm–9:30pm
Fri, July 19: 8am–2pm

To be added
to the Waitlist call
(508) 389-7830

Somerset Sportsmen's Club
262 Baker Road
SWANSEA
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2-day course with
Independent Study-
Both dates are required.
Tues, July 16: 6pm–9:30pm
Sat, July 27: 8am–2:00pm
COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed

Mahar Regional School
507 South Main Street
ORANGE
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course with
Independent Study-
Both dates are required.
Tues, July 16: 6pm–9:30pm
Sat, July 27: 8am–3pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830
Sharon Fish and Game Club
303 East Street
SHARON
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2-day course with
Independent Study-
Both dates are required.
Tues, July 23: 6pm–9:30pm
Thu, Aug 1: 8am–2pm

To be added
to the Waitlist call
(508) 389-7830

Monument Beach Sportsman's Club
199 MacArthur Boulevard
BOURNE
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4-day course
Tue, July 23: 6:00pm–9:00pm
Thu, July 25: 6:00pm–9:00pm

Sat, July 27: 8:00am–4:30pm
Tue, July 30: 6:00pm–9:00pm

COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed
Worthington Rod and Gun Club
458 Dingle Road (Route 112)
WORTHINGTON
Handicapped accessible

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4-day course
Mon, July 29: 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Tue, Jul 30: 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Thu, Aug 1: 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Fri, Aug 2: 5:30pm to 9:00pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830
MDFW Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible
Click here for directions
2-day course with
Independent Study-
Both dates are required.
Mon, Aug 12: 6pm–9:30pm
Thu, Aug 22: 8am–2pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830
Auburn Sportsman's Club
50 Elm Street
AUBURN
Handicapped accessible
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2-day course with
Independent Study-
Both dates are required.
Tue, Aug 13: 6pm–9:30pm
Sat, Aug 24: 8am–3pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Leominster Sportsman's Assoc.
1455 Elm Street
LEOMINSTER
Handicapped accessible

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4-day course
Mon, Aug 19: 6:00pm–8:45pm
Wed, Aug 21: 6:00pm–8:45pm
Sat, Aug 24: 8:00am–4:00pm
Mon, Aug 26: 6:00pm–8:45pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Future Basic Hunter Education courses

New courses will be listed above as they are opened for enrollment. If you do not see a class that meets your availability, continue monitoring this page and sign up to be notified of upcoming courses in your general area. 

Tips for finding a course

  1. Periodically check the above listing 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 to be notified by email when new courses are available in your general area.
  3. Another option is to take the course in a different state. The Basic Hunter Education course is standardized across North America and 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: Students who wish only 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 wishing to apply and 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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