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. Learn more.

Upon successful completion of a Massachusetts Basic Hunter Education course, students will be mailed a Basic Hunter Education certificate of completion recognized in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

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

Course listing

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

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Location

Dates and times

Status

Rod and Gun Club of
New Bedford

1407 N Hixville Road
DARTMOUTH
Handicapped accessible

Independent Study-
Wed, March 13: 6pm–9pm
Sat, March 30: 8am–2pm

CLOSED
This course
started
on March 13

Franklin County
Sportsmen's Club

721 River Rd
DEERFIELD
Handicapped accessible

4 session course-
March 19: 6pm–9pm
March 26: 6pm–9pm
March 30: 8:30am–4:30pm
April 2: 6pm–9pm

CLOSED
This course
started
on March 19

Falmouth Rod & Gun Club
203 Carriage Shop Road
EAST FALMOUTH

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

CLOSED
This course
started
on March 19

Tewksbury Rod & Gun
79 Chandler Street
TEWKSBURY
Handicapped accessible

4 evening course- 
March 20: 6pm–10pm
March 25: 6pm–10pm
March 27: 6pm–10pm
April 1: 6pm–10pm

CLOSED
This course
started
on March 20

Lee Sportsmen's Assoc.
565 Fairview Street
LEE

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

CLOSED
This course
started
on March 25

MassWildlife FHQ
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible

Independent Study-
Tue, March 26: 6pm–9pm
Fri, April 5: 8am–2pm

CLOSED
This course
started
on March 26

Westfield State University
Horace Mann Center

333 Western Avenue
WESTFIELD
Handicapped accessible

Independent Study-
Tue, March 26: 6pm–9:30pm
Sat, April 6: 8am–3pm

CLOSED
This course
started
on March 26

     

Danvers Fish & Game
20 Birch Road
MIDDLETON
Handicapped accessible

Independent Study-
Wed, March 27: 6pm–9pm
Sat, April 6: 8am–2pm

FULL

Ashfield Rod and Gun
161 North Street
ASHFIELD/PLAINFIELD

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

WAITLIST
To place a 
student on 
the waitlist call
(508) 389-7830

East Mountain
Sportsman Club

312 Henderson Road
WILLIAMSTOWN

6 evening course-
Mon & Fri evenings
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

Bay Path Archers
243 Guelphwood Road
SOUTHBRIDGE
Handicapped accessible

4 session course-
Apr 2: 6:15pm–8:45pm
Apr 4: 6:15pm–8:45pm
Apr 6: 8:15am–4pm
Apr 8: 6:15pm–8:45pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Martha's Vineyard
Rod and Gun Club

265 The Boulevard
EDGARTOWN

3 session course-
Mon, April 8: 6pm–9pm
Sat, April 13: 8am–5pm
Sun, April 14: 8am–5pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830
MassWildlife FHQ
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible
Independent Study-
Mon, April 8: 6pm–9pm
Thu, April 18: 8am–2pm
FULL

Swift River Sportsman
350 Cold Spring Road
BELCHERTOWN
Handicapped accessible

2 day course-
Sat, April 13: 8am–4pm
Sun, April 14: 8am–4pm

FULL

Worthington Rod & Gun
458 Dingle Road
WORTHINGTON
Handicapped accessible

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

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Concord Rod & Gun Club
74 Strawberry Hill Road
CONCORD
Handicapped accessible

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

WAITLIST
To place a 
student on 
the waitlist call
(508) 389-7830

Methuen Rod & Gun Club
240 Tyler Street
METHUEN

6 evening course-
Wed & Thu evenings
April 17: 7pm–9:30pm
April 18: 7pm–9:30pm
April 24: 7pm–9:30pm
April 25: 7pm–9:30pm
May 1: 7pm–9:30pm
May 2: 7pm–9:30pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Bass Pro Shops
1 Bass Pro Drive
FOXBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible

Independent Study-
Mon, April 22: 6pm–9pm
Sat, May 4: 8am–2pm

FULL

Andover Sportsman's Club
655 Middleton Road
NORTH ANDOVER

3 session course-
April 23: 7pm–9:30pm
Sat, April 27: 9am–5pm
Sun, April 28: 12pm–5pm

WAITLIST
To place a 
student on 
the waitlist call
(508) 389-7830

Bass Pro Shops
1 Bass Pro Drive
FOXBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible
Independent Study-
Tue, April 30: 6pm–9pm
Friday, May 10: 8am–2pm
FULL
New England Base Camp
411 Unquity Road
MILTON
Handicapped accessible
Independent Study-
Thu, May 2: 6pm–9pm
Sun, May 12: 8am–2pm*
*Mother's Day

FULL

Leicester Rod & Gun Club
1015 Whittemore Street
LEICESTER
Handicapped accessible

4 session course-
Tue - Thu - Sat - Mon
May 7: 6:15pm–8:45pm
May 9: 6:15pm–8:45pm
May 11: 8:15am–4pm
May 13: 6:15pm–8:45pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Assabet River NWR
Visitor Center

680 Hudson Road
SUDBURY
Handicapped accessible

Independent Study-
Wed, May 8: 6pm–9pm
Sat, May 18: 8am–2pm

 

WAITLIST
To place a 
student on 
the waitlist call
(508) 389-7830
Townsend Rod & Gun Club
46 Emery Road
TOWNSEND
3 session course-
Tue, May 14: 6pm–9pm
Thu, May 16: 6pm–9pm
Sat, May 18: 8am–5pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830
Marshfield Rod & Gun Club
300 School Street
MARSHFIELD
Handicapped accessible

Independent Study-
Wed, May 15: 6pm–9pm
Tue, May 28: 8am–2pm

 

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

 

New courses will be added to the listing above when they open for enrollment.

The map below shows the locations of the upcoming Basic hunter education courses. Green icons indicate that seats are available and red icons indicate that the course is full. See complete details above.

About Basic Hunter Education

Basic Hunter Education was developed by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) and topics include the safe handling and storage of hunting arms and ammunition, hunting laws and ethics, care and handling of game, and wildlife conservation. Courses are offered across Massachusetts in different formats to meet the public's needs. Learn more.

Minors

Students under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian 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

  • Periodically monitor this page for new course offerings.
  • Sign up for course notificationsWe will let you know when courses are scheduled in your area.
  • 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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