The 2019 Hunter Safety Course, which is required in order to receive a Massachusetts hunting license, starts Monday, April 8, from 6 to 9 pm and again on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, from 8 am to 6 pm. Classes take place at the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club off the Boulevarde (take 3rd Street North) in Edgartown.
The course participants must be at least 10 years old, according to a press release. The course can be used in any other state in order to obtain a hunting license. It also fits the requirements for an application to your local police chief for a Firearms Identification Card, or a License to Carry Firearms. This course is offered free to all participants, and the instructors are volunteers. You must attend all three days in order to graduate and receive a certificate from Massachusetts Division of Wildlife.
Please do not bring firearms or ammunition to the class. The course covers topics of firearms safety, Massachusetts firearms laws, survival in the wilderness, first aid, conservation, wildlife management, ethics, and sportsmanship.
Call the Massachusetts Hunter Safety program at 508-389-7830 to preregister for the class. You must be on the list in order to attend the class. Early sign-up is recommended, as the 60 spaces fill up quickly. Learn more about the course at mass.gov/huntsafe.