Independent Study courses are a good option for students with tight schedules who are self-motivated, conscientious and learn well on their own.
The Basic Hunter Education course in the Independent Study format reduces the total number of hours students spend in class by allowing them to complete some of the essential coursework on their own time (independently). Courses in the Independent Study format require students to attend only 2 in-class sessions, which are typically scheduled as a 3-hour evening session followed by a 6-hour field day, and complete a homework assignment.
The homework assignment is explained in detail during the first session of the course and students are provided with the needed materials completely free of charge. Students must complete the entire homework assignment on their own time and turn it in at the beginning of the field day. Students who show up for the field day without a physical copy of their completed homework will be turned away. Completion of the homework, on time, is mandatory and students who do not take the time to do their homework and study may have trouble passing the final exam.
Students should be aware that this format does require as much time and effort as a traditional course and students will need to plan ahead as it typically takes students up to 6 hours to complete the required homework. This format may be difficult for students less than 16 years of age unless they receive guidance while completing the home assignment and take extra time studying on their own.
To see if there are any Basic Hunter Education courses available in the Independent Study format, please view the online course listing at www.mass.gov/huntsafe
If you have any questions about this format or if you are enrolled in an Independent Study course and you are having difficulty understanding the homework assignment, please contact the MassWildlife Hunter Education Program.
Field day instructions (for registered students)
- Bring your completed homework! You must pass in your completed homework at the start of your field day in order to participate and take the exam. If you do not bring your completed homework, you will be turned away.
- Do not bring any firearms or ammunition; all necessary equipment will be supplied.
- Dress for the weather. Activities can occur outdoors rain or shine.
- Bring a lunch, snacks, and plenty to drink and/or a reusable water bottle.