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

Format & Required Dates

Status
MDFW Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible
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2-day course with
Independent Study-
Both dates are required.
Mon, Aug 12: 6pm–9:30pm
Thu, Aug 22: 8am–2pm

COURSE STARTED
Enrollment is closed

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

COURSE STARTED
Enrollment is closed

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

New England Base Camp
411 Unquity Road
MILTON
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Tue, Aug 20: 6pm–9:30pm
Thu, Aug 29: 8am–2pm
To be added
to the Waitlist call
(508) 389-7830

Cape Gun Works
96 Airport Road
HYANNIS

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6-day course
Tu-We-Th-Tu-We-Th
Aug 27, 28, 29, Sept 3, 4 & 5, 2019
from 6pm-9pm each night

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Danvers Fish and Game Club
20 Birch Road
MIDDLETON
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Wed, Aug 28: 6:00pm–9:30pm
Sat, Sept 7: 8am–2pm

COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed

Billerica Rod and Gun Club
216 Pond Street
BILLERICA

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4-day course
Wed-Mon-Wed-Mon
Sept 4: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Sept 9: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Sept 11: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Sept 16: 6:00pm-10:00pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford
1407 North Hixville Road
NORTH DARTMOUTH
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Thu, Sept 5: 6:00pm–9:30pm
Sat, Sept 14: 8am–2pm
COURSE IS FULL
Enrollment is closed
Carver Sportsmen's Club
127 Main Street (Route 58)
CARVER

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4-day course
Tue-Thu-Tue-Thu
Tue, Sept 10: 6:30pm-10pm
Thu, Sept 12: 6:30pm-10pm
Tue, Sept 17: 6:30pm-10pm
Thu, Sept 19: 6:30pm-10pm

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

Southborough Rod and Gun Club
254 Fruit Street
HOPKINTON
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Tue, Sept 10: 6:00pm–9:30pm
Sat, Sept 21: 8am–3pm

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

Pittsfield High School
300 East Street
PITTSFIELD

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6-day course
Tues & Thurs for three weeks
Sept 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26, 2019

from 6pm-9pm each night

CANCELLED

Bass River Rod and Gun Club
620  Massachusetts Route 6A
YARMOUTH PORT
Handicapped accessible

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2-day course with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Tues, Sept 10: 5:30pm–9:30pm
Sun, Sept 29: 8:30am–5:30pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Lawrence Rod and Gun Club
9 Webster Street
ANDOVER
Handicapped accessible
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6-day course
Weds & Thurs for three weeks
Sept 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2019

from 7:00pm-9:30pm each night

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Harvard Sportsmen's Club
250 Littleton County Road
HARVARD

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2-day course with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Wed, Sept 11: 6:00pm–9:30pm
Sat, Sept 21: 8am–5pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Fin Fur and Feather Club
101 Larch Road
MILLIS
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2-day course (Thu & Sat) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Thu, Sept 12: 6:00pm–9:30pm
Sat, Sept 21: 8:00am–2:00pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

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

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2-day course (Tue & Sat) with
Independent Study
Both dates are required.
Tues, Sept 17: 5:00pm–9:00pm
Sat, October 5: 8:00am–4:30pm
OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830
MDFW Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road
WESTBOROUGH
Handicapped accessible

Click here for directions

2-day course (Tue & Fri) with
Independent Study-
Both dates are required.
Tues, Sept 17: 6:00pm–9:30pm
Fri, Sept 27: 8am–2:00pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

Shirley Rod and Gun Club
Kittredge Rd (off of Route 2A)
SHIRLEY
Handicapped accessible
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3-day course (Tue – Thu –Sat)
Tue, Sept 17: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Thu, Sept 19: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Sat, Sept 21: 8:00am-5:00pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830
Franklin County Sportsmen's Club
721 River Road
DEERFIELD

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4-day course (Tue-Tue-Sat-Tue)
Tue, Oct 1: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Tue, Oct 8: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Sat, Oct 12: 8:30am- 4:30pm
Tue, Oct 15: 6:00pm-9:00pm

OPEN
To enroll call
(508) 389-7830

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

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 to be notified by email when new courses are available in your general area.
  4. 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: 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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