About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Massachusetts Hunter’s Ed Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain hunter education certification from Hunter Ed. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about hunter safety.

Even something as simple as loading or unloading a firearm can result in tragedy if it isn’t done properly. Here’s how to do it safely.

Hunters loading firearms
  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Open the action; make sure the barrel is unobstructed.
  • Put the safety on if the firearm can be loaded with the safety on.
  • Load the ammunition.
  • Close the action.
  • Put the safety on if you were not able to do so before loading.