Basic Hunter Education Courses

Mandatory education course for all first time hunters.

By state law, if you are 18 years of age or older and you want to purchase your first ever hunting license, you must complete a Basic Hunter Education course. 

Minor hunters (12-17 years of age) follow a specific set of regulations. While minors are not required to complete a Basic Hunter Education, it is a prerequisite for certain youth programs and it allows minors 15-17 years of age to hunt without direct supervision. 

Students must attend all dates of the course they select. Courses are approximately 15 hours in length (scheduled over 2-6 sessions) and are offered in different formats to meet the public's needs. To learn more about Basic Hunter Education, click here.

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

Basic Hunter Education course offerings

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

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Location

Dates & Times

Status
Woburn Sportsmen Club
155 Middlesex Trpke
BEDFORD
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

6 evening course
Feb 5: 7 pm–9:30 pm
Feb 12: CANCELED
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

CLOSED
This course 
started on
2/5/19

Charles C. Kennedy Post
41 Robbins Road
CHICOPEE
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

2 day course
Sat, Feb 16: 8 am–4 pm
Sat, Feb 23: 8 am–4 pm

CLOSED
This course
started on
2/16/19.

Cheshire Rod & Gun
310 Curran Road
CHESHIRE
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

 

6 evening course
Feb 18: 6 pm–9 pm
Feb 22: 6 pm–9 pm
Feb 25: 6 pm–9 pm
March 1: 6 pm–9 pm
March 4: 6 pm–9 pm
March 8: 6 pm–9 pm

CLOSED
This course
started on
2/18/19.

 

Monument Beach
Sportsman's Club

199 MacArthur Blvd
BUZZARDS BAY
Click for directions

4 session course
Feb 19: 6 pm–9 pm
Feb 21: 6 pm–9 pm
Feb 23: 8 am–4:30 pm
Feb 26: 6 pm–9 pm

CLOSED
This course
started on
2/19/19.

MassWildlife Field HQ
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

2 session course with
Independent Study

Wed, Feb 27: 6 pm–9 pm
Fri, March 8: 8 am–2 pm

 

CLOSED
Course is full.
Enrollment has
ended.

 

Seats are available!
Pittsfield High School
300 East Street
PITTSFIELD
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

 

6 evening course
This course meets on
Tuesday & Thursday
evenings for 3 weeks.

March 5: 6 pm–9 pm
March 7: 6 pm–9 pm
March 12: 6 pm–9 pm
March 14: 6 pm–9 pm
March 19: 6 pm–9 pm
March 21: 6 pm–9 pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

 

 

New England Base Camp
411 Unquity Road
MILTON
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

2 session course with
Independent Study

Monday evening &
Saturday field day -

March 11: 6pm–9pm
March 23: 8am–2pm

 

CLOSED
Course is full.
Enrollment has
ended.

 

Southboro Rod & Gun Club
254 Fruit Street
HOPKINTON
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

 

2 session course with
Independent Study

Tuesday evening &
Saturday field day -

March 12: 6pm–9pm
March 23: 8am–2pm

 

CLOSED
Course is full.
Enrollment has
ended.

 

 

New England Base Camp
411 Unquity Road
MILTON
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

 

2 session course with
Independent Study

Tuesday evening &
Sunday field day - 

March 12: 6pm–9pm
March 24: 8am–2pm

 

CLOSED
Course is full.
Enrollment has
ended.

 

Rod and Gun Club of
New Bedford

1407 North Hixville Road
NORTH DARTMOUTH
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

 

2 session course with
Independent Study

Wednesday evening &
Saturday field day -

March 13: 6pm–9pm
March 30: 8am–2pm

 

CLOSED
Course is full.
Enrollment has
ended.

 

Harvard Sportsmen's Club
250 Littleton County Rd
HARVARD
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions
 

2 session course with
Independent Study

Thursday evening &
Sunday field day - 

March 14: 6pm–9pm
March 24: 8am–4pm

 

CLOSED
Course is full.
Enrollment has
ended.

 

Waitlist space available!
Nimrod League of Holden
168 Coal Kiln Rd
PRINCETON
Click for directions

4 session course
Mon., March 18: 6pm–8:45pm
Wed., March 20: 6pm–8:45pm
Sat., March 23: 8am–4pm
Mon., March 25: 6pm–8:45pm

WAITLIST
For details call
(508) 389-7830

 

Wankinquoah Rod & Gun
92 Pine Street
MIDDLEBORO
Click for directions

 

4 session course
Mon., March 18: 6pm–9pm
Wed., March 20: 6pm–9pm
Sat., March 23: 8am–4pm
Mon., March 25: 6pm–9pm

 

CLOSED
Course is full.
Enrollment has
ended.

 

Seats are available!
Auburn Sportsman'sClub
50 Elm Street
AUBURN
Click for directions

4 session course
Tue., March 19: 6:15pm–8:45pm
Thu., March 21: 6:15pm–8:45pm
Sat., March 23: 8:15am–4pm
Tue., March 26: 6:15pm–8:45pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

 

Franklin County
Sportsmen's Club

721 River Rd
DEERFIELD
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

4 session course
Tue., March 19: 6pm–9pm
Tue., March 26: 6pm–9pm
Sat., March 30: 8:30am–4:30pm
Tue., April 2: 6pm–9pm

CLOSED
Course is full.
Enrollment has
ended.

Falmouth Rod & Gun Club
203 Carriage Shop Road
EAST FALMOUTH
Click for directions

 

2 session course with
Independent Study

Tuesday evening &
Saturday field day -

March 19: 5:30pm–9:30pm
April 6: 8am–4:30pm

 

CLOSED
Course is full.
Enrollment has
ended.

 

Tewksbury Rod & Gun Club
79 Chandler Street
TEWKSBURY
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

 

4 evening course
Wed., March 20: 6pm–10pm
Mon., March 25: 6pm–10pm
Wed., March 27: 6pm–10pm
Mon., April 1: 6pm–10pm

 

CLOSED
Course is full.
Enrollment has
ended.

 

American Legion Post 338
46 Powder Mill Road
SOUTHWICK
Click for directions

2 day course
Saturday & Sunday - 
March 23: 8am–4pm
March 24: 8am–4pm

CLOSED
Course is full.
Enrollment has
ended.

Seats are available!
Lee Sportsmen's Association
565 Fairview Street
LEE
Click for directions

2 session course with
Independent Study

Mon., March 25: 6pm–9pm
Sat., April 13: 8am–1:30pm

 

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

 

 

MassWildlife Field HQ
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

 

2 session course with
Independent Study

Tue., March 26: 6pm–9pm
Fri., April 5: 8am–2pm

 

 

CLOSED
This course
replaces the
course which
was canceled
2/12 & 2/22
due to
inclement weather.

Waitlist space available!
Westfield State University
The Horace Mann Center

333 Western Avenue
WESTFIELD
Handicapped accessible
Click for driving directions
Campus map

2 session course with
Independent Study

Tue., March 26: 6pm–9:30pm
Sat., April 6: 8am–3pm

 

 

WAITLIST
For details call
(508) 389-7830

 

 

Danvers Fish & Game Club
20 Birch Road
MIDDLETON
Handicapped accessible
Click for directions

2 session course with
Independent Study

Wed., March 27: 6pm–9pm
Sat., April 6: 8am–2pm
CLOSED
Course is full.
Enrollment has
ended.

Seats are available!
Ashfield Rod and Gun
161 North Street
PLAINFIELD (Western, MA)
Click for driving directions

 

2 session course with
Independent Study

Wed., Mar 27: 6pm–9:30pm
Sat., Apr 13: 8am–3pm

 

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

 

Seats are available!
East Mountain
Sportsman Club

312 Henderson Road
WILLIAMSTOWN
Click for driving directions

 

6 evening course
This course meets on
Monday & Friday
evenings for 3 weeks.

April 1: 6 pm–9 pm
April 5: 6 pm–9 pm
April 8: 6 pm–9 pm
April 12: 6 pm–9 pm
April 15: 6 pm–9 pm
April 19: 6 pm–9 pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

 

 

Seats are available!
Bay Path Archers, Inc.
243 Guelphwood Road
SOUTHBRIDGE
Handicapped accessible
Click for driving directions

4 session course
Tue., Apr 2: 6:15pm–8:45pm
Thu., Apr 4: 6:15pm–8:45pm
Sat., Apr 6: 8:15am–4pm
Mon., Apr 8: 6:15pm–8:45pm

 

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

 

 

Seats are available!
Swift River Sportsman Club
350 Cold Spring Road
BELCHERTOWN
Handicapped accessible
Click for driving directions

2 day course
Saturday and Sunday -
April 13: 8am–4pm
April 14: 8am–4pm

 

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

 

Seats are available!
Worthington Rod & Gun Club
458 Dingle Road (Route 112)
WORTHINGTON
Handicapped accessible
Click for driving directions

 

4 evening course
Mon., April 15: 5:30pm–9pm
Tue., April 16: 5:30pm–9pm 
Thu., April 18: 5:30pm–9pm
Fri., April 19: 5:30pm–9pm

 

 

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

 

 

 

Seats are available!
Concord Rod & Gun Club
74 Strawberry Hill Road
CONCORD
Handicapped accessible
Click for driving directions

 

4 session course
Mon., April 15: 6pm–9pm
Wed., April 17: 6pm–9pm
Sat., April 20: 8am–5pm
Tue., April 23: 6pm–9pm

 

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

 

 

    Updated 2/21/19

The above course listing is updated as soon as new courses are open for enrollment. If you do not see a class that meets your availability, continue monitoring this page and sign up to be notified when new courses open for enrollment in your area.

Students less than 18 years of age

Students under the age of 18 must have written consent to attend a Basic Hunter Education course. A parent or guardian should be present at the start of the student's class to complete the student's registration form or the student can bring a signed permission form with them to the start of their course.

 

Tips for finding a course

  • Continue monitoring this page for future course offerings.
  • Provide your contact information and we will notify you when courses are scheduled in your area.
  • Consider taking a Basic Hunter Education course in a nearby state. A government-issued Basic Hunter Education certificate from any U.S. State, Mexico, or Canada is accepted to meet the prerequisite for purchasing your first-ever Massachusetts hunting license. (IMPORTANT: you cannot use an out-of-state Basic Hunter Education certificate to apply for a Massachusetts firearms license). 

What if I don't want to hunt but I do want to obtain a Massachusetts firearms license?
Students who wish only to apply for a firearms license, who do not wish to hunt, do not necessarily need to complete a Basic Hunter Education course. There are other options. Learn more.

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