Hunter Education independent study option

2-day in class course combined with homestudy hours

The Independent Study course option is an ideal format for students with tight schedules who are self-motivated, conscientious, and learn well on their own.

The Independent Study course requires 2 in-class sessions combined with homestudy hours (courses scheduled in this format are listed as such on the course listings).

Students enrolled in an independent study course are still guided by an instructor team and they learn the same material as students in a traditional course. However, students enrolled in an independent study course will complete some of the coursework independently which will earn them credit towards a Massachusetts Basic Hunter Education Certificate.

The main advantage with an Independent Study course is that this format offers a flexible learning option at a distance and allows the student to complete the necessary coursework in a reduced amount of in-person classroom time. 


During the first in-person session of an Independent Study course, students are given the option to do their homework either by completing a Workbook —OR—  by completing and printing quizzes from a CD-ROM. Both formats are compatible with the provided Manual which students are required to read and study. This essential homework must be turned in at the beginning of the second in-person session and is only part of the course.

Students must attend the 2 class sessions they are scheduled for, turn in their essential homework, and pass the final exam in order to earn their certificate. 

How to complete a course in this format

  1. Enroll in an Independent Study course.
    You must enroll in a scheduled course being offered in this format in order to attend
  2. Attend the first in-class session.
    Obtain instruction on course requirements, receive study materials including a student manual and receive lessons on laws and ethics.
  3. Complete and submit the necessary homework.
    Either complete the Workbook and bring it to the field day

    complete the end-of-section quizzes on the CD-ROM*
    • *If the student chooses to use the CD-ROM, they must bring printed copies of their 14 end-of-section quiz results. 
  4. Participate in the field day and take the final exam.
    At the field day, students participate in a number of hands-on activities. Class participation and performance is a factor in determining successful completion of the course. Students are expected to demonstrate safe gun handling and a mature and responsible attitude toward firearms, people and natural resources. There is also a multiple choice, final written exam. Students must pass the exam with a score of 80% or better.

Upon successful completion, graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion via postal mail recognized in all U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico.

Tips to help you successfully complete the course

  • Do the homework. You will not be allowed to participate in the field day activities if you have not completed the homework! Remember to print and bring the score pages to the field day if you use the CD-ROM instead of the workbook.  
  • Make it a joint effort. Get help and discuss the lessons. It’s OK to do the homework with your family and friends as long as you understand every lesson and can complete the workbook/pass the quizzes on your own.
  • Do not wait until the last minute. Plan your work time now. The homework usually takes most students 6-10 hours to complete.

Instructions for the field day

  • 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 bag lunch, snacks and plenty to drink and/or a reusable water bottle. 


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