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Learn to Hunt Programs

Hunters with little or no experience can learn skills and techniques used to hunt different game animals. Courses are geared toward recent Basic Hunter Education graduates and include classroom learning and outdoor skills exercises.

Taught by volunteers, the courses utilize the experience and knowledge of seasoned sportsmen and -women. Courses range from half-day condensed classes to three-day, in-depth courses.

Upcoming programs

Virtual Deer Hunting 101: Online Class*
Wednesday, September 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Join staff from MassWildlife and the MA chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation to talk about deer hunting basics. This two-hour online Zoom class will cover deer biology, hunting regulations, tips for scouting, and what gear to bring with you. Registration is required, sign up now.

Deer Hunting 101: In-Person Class*
Saturday, September 18, 9–noon in Westborough, Massachusetts

Join staff from MassWildlife and the MA chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for an in-person class to learn about deer hunting basics. During the three-hour outdoor class, students will rotate through stations to learn about scouting, tips for during the hunt, and what to do after the hunt. Registration is required and space is limited, sign up now.

*Students can sign up for one or both of these classes. The content is different, so register for both to get the most comprehensive deer hunting information.

Online Class: Scouting for Deer
Thursday, October 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

MassWildlife staff from across the state will share tips about finding areas to hunt, how to use online maps to identify good deer habitat, and what sign to look for while scouting in the field. This class will be taught through Zoom. Registration is required, sign up now.

Online Class: Fall Turkey Hunting 101
Thursday, October 14, 6–8 p.m.

Join staff from MassWildlife and the MA chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for a virtual class to learn all about fall turkey hunting. This two-hour Zoom class will cover turkey biology, hunting regulations, fall turkey calls, tips for hunting during the fall season, and tips for bowhunting turkeys. Registration is required, sign up now.

Previous programs

Learn to Hunt Waterfowl Workshop: A free, one-day workshop for new hunters to learn and practice waterfowl hunting skills including: shooting, decoy placement, calling, gear and safety. The date and location for this year’s clinic is listed below:

Learn to Hunt Deer: This hands-on course provides training for adult hunters with little or no deer hunting experience to become safe, successful, and responsible deer hunters. This course covers deer hunting skills, including scouting for a hunting area, mapping out possible hunting locations, selecting the right equipment, the safe use of a treestand, shooting practice, and field dressing techniques.

Turkey Calling Clinics: These one-hour turkey calling workshops provide guidance as participants practice their turkey calls with experts! Participants spend the hour working on the one type of call; box calls, pot (or slate) calls, or mouth calls. Experienced turkey callers help participants with their calls. MassWildlife provides practice calls or participants can bring their own. 

Learn to Hunt Turkeys Clinic: This full-day, hands-on clinic teaches the basic skills needed to become a safe, successful, and responsible turkey hunter. Learn from experienced turkey hunters and practice turkey hunting techniques including shooting, calling in a bird, scouting, and how to pick and set up a location.

Love hunting? Become a mentor!

Become a mentor and pass on your skills and love of the sport! The Learn to Hunt Program needs volunteer instructors. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Astrid Huseby at