Junior Shooting Sports and Hunting Programs Information
If you have a youngster interested in the safe and exciting world of shooting sports and hunting, chances are we can help!
Junior programs are readily available across the state and offer a variety of disciplines. These include air rifle, smallbore target shooting, junior hunting programs as well as scholastic clay and scholastic action shooting (steel target) programs.
Can't find what you looking for, contact Jon Green GOAL's Director of Education and Training!
Thanks to a generous
donation from the Scholastic Action Shooting Program, GOAL has a
complete set of steel targets that we use for introductory events. GOAL
affiliated clubs are welcome to borrow the target set and stands for
club days/events that wish to introduce young shooters and families to
this great scholastic sport. All of this equipment is loaded into the
GOAL trailer so its as easy as hooking up and driving off. Please contact Jon Green for more information.
The NRA has been actively involved in promoting the shooting sports to youth since 1903. We wish to ensure the future of the shooting sports by providing proper tools and resources to America's young people. There are a wide variety of youth programs including competitions, awards and contests, training and safety courses, scholarships, and more. Help instill firearm safety and introduce shooting sports to the next generation of gun owners.
Minors, 12 to 17 years of age, have separate rules to follow (learn more). While minors are not mandated to complete Basic Hunter Education to hunt, it is one option for minors (15-17 years of age) to purchase hunting license and it is a prerequisite for all minors (12-17 years of age) to participate in some youth programs such as the youth turkey hunt program and the young adult pheasant hunt program.
The Massachusetts Youth Pheasant Hunt Program was developed by MassWildlife to provide an opportunity for Hunter Education graduates aged 12 to 17 to practice firearms safety, develop shooting skills, and participate in a special pheasant hunt under the guidance of a safe, experienced adult hunter.
This program is more than just a day in the field pheasant hunting and is typically divided into 2 or 3 parts.
MassWildlife created Youth Deer Hunt Day to allow young hunters to hunt deer with their own permit. The hunt occurs on a special one-day season before the state's annual deer hunting seasons. Shotgun deer season regulations apply during the hunt. Licensed hunters who hunt other animals on this date must follow special restrictions.
Know a young adult 12-17 years of age who wants to learn to hunt? The mentored youth turkey hunt is a safe and fun program to introduce youth to the world of hunting. This program is offered jointly by MassWildlife, the Massachusetts State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, and participating Sportsmen's Clubs. The Youth Turkey Hunt Program consists of a turkey hunt seminar followed by a mentored turkey hunt.
This two week overnight summer camp for girls and boys 13 -17 years of age offers a program of conservation education and instruction in outdoor recreation skills. It introduces youth to the ethical concepts and knowledge essential to a lifetime of properly enjoying our natural resources and the leisure activities that depend on their careful stewardship.
Safety is taught in every class.
Conservation subjects taught include Fish & Pond Life, Forestry, Soil Conservation, and Wildlife Management.
Outdoor skills taught include Archery, Basic Camping, Fly & Spin Casting, Orienteering, Riflery, and Shotgun. These courses are lead by experts in their field. Additional MJCC curriculum involves the Massachusetts Hunter Education Program and Small Boat Safety.
Local Clubs with Junior Shooting Programs
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If your GOAL Affiliated Club provides a Junior Program, please email the information to Jake Zandi.
Click here for a listing of GOAL affiliated clubs.
We have sorted these programs by counties to make searching for a local program easier.