Massachusetts Hunter Safety Course


Conservation Efforts

Hunters play an important role in caring for and managing wildlife. Every time an individual buys a hunting license, box of ammunition, rifle, shotgun, a bow, or handgun, an excise tax is collected by government and that money is redistributed to states. The Pittman-Robertson Act was enacted in 1937 to collect and redistribute taxes collected to improve wildlife management practices and to educate hunters. Money also comes from private endowments.

Hunters also pay for conservation efforts through fees to conservation organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, to name a few.

National Wild Turkey Federation


Ducks Unlimited


Quail Unlimited


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation


International Hunter Education Association


In Massachusetts, Hunting is permitted on many Wildlife Management Areas (W.M.A's) that are owned by the state. However, there might be additional hunting regulations for hunting on these lands, such as special limitations on the game to be hunted, additional firearm restrictions, stricter hunter orange requirements and more. Always consult the current year's hunting regulations guide, before going on a hunt!