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Individuals who wish to purchase their first hunting or sporting license and who have never graduated from Basic Hunter Education should enroll.
By state law, anyone 18 years of age or older, who wishes to purchase a Massachusetts hunting or sporting license must have either:
All forms of hunting require a hunting or sporting license regardless of the implement being utilized.
If you are hunting using archery or primitive equipment, and you are 18 years of age or older, you must meet the above requirements to purchase a hunting license.
Basic Hunter Education vs. a Firearms Safety Course
The Basic Hunter Education course is not the same as a Firearms Safety Course. You cannot use a Firearms Safety Course certificate of completion to meet the requirements for purchasing a hunting or sporting license.
Minors (17 years of age or younger) follow specific regulations based off of their age but will still need to have completed a Basic Hunter Education if they wish to continue hunting once they are 18 or older. Additionally, if they wish to hunt alone (15 years of age or older) and/or participate in certain youth hunt days, they will need to have a certificate of completion from a Basic Hunter Education course.
Those wishing only to obtain a firearms license do not necessarily need Basic Hunter Education.
Successful completion of a certified Firearms Safety course or the Massachusetts Basic Hunter Education course fulfills the requirements to apply with your local police department for a Firearms Identification Card (FID) or a License to Carry (LTC) permit.
A Firearms Safety Course offered by authorized individuals and groups may be more appropriate and convenient if a student does not plan on hunting.
Those seeking to refresh their hunting and firearm safety knowledge can use a free online study guide:
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