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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

Online Class: Turkey Calling Basics

Tuesday, April 13, 6–7 p.m.—During this online Zoom class, you will learn about different types of turkey calls and when to use them. Turkey calling experts from the MA chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will demonstrate different calls and calling techniques. This class is full.

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