The Bowhunter education course is designed for novice and experienced hunters and topics include the selection of equipment, bowhunting safety, and bowhunting laws.
A Bowhunter Education certificate...
❌ does not qualify a person to purchase a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license.
❌ is not required in Massachusetts.
✓ is accepted in other jurisdictions (i.e. other states such as CT, NH, NY, ME, RI, etc.) that do require archery hunters to show proof of having completed bowhunter education. If you wish to hunt with archery equipment in a state other than Massachusetts, make sure you do your research.
All courses are FREE of charge and open to the public.
To enroll in an open course listed below call (508) 389-7830
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
About Bowhunter Education
The Bowhunter Education course was developed by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) and National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF). Topics covered include the selection of equipment, bowhunting safety, ethics, and bowhunting laws. Learn more.
Students under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian to attend this type of 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 bowhunter education course
- Periodically monitor this page for new course offerings.
- Sign up for course notifications. We will let you know when courses are scheduled in your area.
- Another option is to take the bowhunter course in a different state.
Remember: Bowhunter education is not required in Massachusetts and completion of a Bowhunter education course does qualify a person to purchase a Massachusetts hunting license. Learn more.