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Are Safety Courses Required to Hunt in Massachusetts? How Do I Pass Classes?

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:45 AM

All people hunting in Massachusetts are required to have a state-issued hunting license, and all licenses are issued only after a person completes a basic hunting course. The only exception to this rule is when the hunter can prove they have completed a similar course elsewhere.

The basic hunter education course is designed for beginner and novice hunters. It is a standardized course throughout North America, and that is why any government-issued basic hunter education certificate from any North American jurisdiction will be accepted as proof of completing a course. There are also educational opportunities for youth who wish to become hunters.

The Massachusetts Hunter Education Programs provide instruction in the safe handling of firearms and other outdoor activities related to hunting and firearm use. There are about 130 courses each year across the state from January through October to early November in different formats and locations to meet the public’s needs.

The state game website has online resources listing times, locations, and dates of each course. It also offers the user an opportunity to provide contact information for alerts when courses open for registration.

The course is free as it is funded from the sale of hunting and sporting licenses, and from federal excise taxes on firearms and archery equipment. Graduates will be mailed a Certificate of Completion recognized in all U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico once they pass the class.

These courses should be taken by anyone intending to hunt in Massachusetts. Everyone aged 15 and above is required to purchase a license for hunting any bird or mammal or for fishing the inland waters.

While everyone aged 18 years or older can purchase a license, minors have a different requirement. If a pre-teen or teenager wants to learn some outdoor skills in preparation for attaining hunting age, there are some courses for them as well.

While the adult hunting education program teaches safe firearm handling, and courses in other outdoor activities, other courses are designed for novices and include bow hunter education and trapper education, according to eRegulations.com.

The Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp is for the youngsters. It is a two-week residential camp for boys and girls ages 13 to 17 and will provide participants a foundation in fisheries, wildlife, forestry, and camping. The kids will learn how to use a shotgun, rifle, and archery equipment and how to read a map and compass. They also complete a boat safety program. Graduates of the camp can participate in a youth pheasant and turkey hunt at the end of camp where they can practice their skills learned at camp.

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