Contact the Hunter Education Office at 978-772-0693 or www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/hed/hed_home.htm
The MassWildlife Hunter Education Program offers courses each year across the state from January through October and tries to offer different formats to meet the public’s needs. Course announcements are online and update on a regular basis.
Many people fail to consider enrolling in a course until the weather turns cool in late September. Unfortunately by that time, most courses have either begun or are full and the opportunity to hunt during the fall may disappear. Basic Hunter Education Courses are scheduled across the state by volunteer instructors through much of the calendar year, including the summer, but most are offered in the spring and early fall.
You may know that Basic Hunter Education Course schedules are posted and regularly updated on the DFW website at www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/education-events/hed/hunter-education-course-schedules. What you may not know is that there is a way to be notified about upcoming courses before they are posted on the website.
If you want to be notified about a course, go to the Hunter Education website and fill out the form at this link: www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/education-events/hed/course-notification-request-form.html. Click on and fill out the form with your contact information for notification in advance about a Basic Hunter Education Course scheduled in your area and the dates. You will be instructed to contact the Hunter Education Program to enroll in that class. You should act quickly if you want to beat the enrolling rush that occurs once the course is posted on the website.
If you don’t have email, a computer, or access to the internet, you can also call the Hunter Education Program office in Ayer at 978-772-0693 and ask to be notified of the next Basic course scheduled near you.
What if you enrolled in a course and then something prevents you from taking the course? In consideration of others who want to take a course, please notify the Hunter Education office that you are unable to participate. There is always a waiting list and it’s important to let others know that space is available.