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.
Current Program Offerings
Learn to Hunt Deer Program
The Learn to Hunt Deer Program is a free program providing two full days of training for new adult hunters (ages 18 and up) with little or no hunting experience. This course is geared toward shotgun hunters and will cover scouting for a hunting area, mapping out possible hunting locations, selecting the right equipment, shotgun shooting practice, the proper and safe use of a treestand, and field dressing techniques.
Participants selected to attend must commit to both days of the program.
The dates and locations for the two day program are:
- Saturday, September 7th, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters, Westborough, MA
- Saturday, September 28th, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters, Westborough, MA
Deer Processing Clinic
The Learn to Hunt Deer Processing Clinic is a free, half-day workshop are designed for newer hunters to learn and practice how to field dress and process a deer.
The date and location for this clinic is:
- Sunday November 3rd: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters, Westborough, MA
Space is limited. To be considered for either of these programs, please complete the online form below by Friday, August 16th. It will take you no more than 5 minutes to complete. Please answer questions as honestly as possible to assist us in our selection process. You will be contacted by e-mail no later than Tuesday, August 20th regarding whether or not you were selected for a program.
Previous Program Offerings
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 email@example.com