Firearms Hunter Safety Courses

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's Hunter Education Course is more than a "gun safety" class. The basic mandatory course consists of classroom instruction. Each course is taught by a trained, certified volunteer instructor according to statewide standards. The course covers the following topics:

Total Course = 12 Hours

  • Proper Handling = 2 Hours
  • Rifle and Shotgun = 2 Hours (1 hour each)
  • Survival/First Aid = 2 Hours
  • Hunter Responsibility = 2 Hours
  • Map and Compass = 2 Hours
  • Landowner Relations = 1 Hour
  • Time as Needed in Course = 1 Hour

Students are provided with a course handbook, outdoor survival information, and additional handouts. Courses involve lectures and demonstrations by instructors, homework, field experiences and a final written exam. The minimum course length is 12 hours, although many will average more. You must attend every day of the class in order to receive your certificate.

New courses will be posted below as they become available.

Can't find a course for your area? Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.

Androscoggin County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Durham - Rod & Gun Clubhouse

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Craig Gerry
(207) 655-7681 or email:
Maineguide04071@gmail.com
August 12, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
August 24, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Aroostook County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Madawaska - Safety complex

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Debbie Caron (MPD)
(207)728-6356
July 18, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
July 19 & 26, 2014
9 - 11 a.m.
Fort Fairfield - Clubhouse Pond

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Garrett Martin
(207) 356-7781or register online
September 2, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 13, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Cumberland County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
New Gloucester - Royal River Rod & Gun Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Lou Haskell
(207) 655-7757
July 10, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
July 19, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Freeport - LL Bean Casco Street Conference Room

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School
1-888-552-3261
or register online.
July 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
July 26, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Casco - Recreational Center

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Casco Rec - Beth
(207) 627-4187
July 31, 2014
6 - 9 p.m. and
August 9, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Casco - Recreational Center

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Casco Rec - Beth
(207) 627-4187
August 27, 2014
6 - 9 p.m. and
September 6, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Freeport - LL Bean Casco Street Conference Room

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School
1-888-552-3261
or register online.
September 3, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 13, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Brunswick - Harriet Beech Stowe School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Brunswick Rec Department
(207) 725-6656

September 4, 18, and 25, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Gorham - Middle School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Gorham Adult Ed
(207) 222-1095
September 11, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and
September 27, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Franklin County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Oquossoc - RRG & SA Clubhouse
Dick Moore
(207) 864-2714
July 28 & 29, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
August 3 & 4, 2014
6 - 9
Hancock County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Bucksport - Bucksmills Rod & Gun Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Frank Dunbar
(207) 469-1054 (Mornings)
August 15, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
August 24, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Tremont - Town Office

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Jen Shaw
(207) 266-8916
September 15, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 20, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Stonington - Island Community Center

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Pat Gross
(207) 367-2735
September 19, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Blue Hill - Public Library

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Karen Wyatt
(207) 374-2336
September 29, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 4, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Kennebec County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Winslow - Fire Department Don Perrine
(207) 283-0279
September 16 and 18, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 20, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Winslow - Fire Department Don Perrine
(207) 283-0279
October 14 and 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 18, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Knox County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Washington - VFW

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Vic MacCallum
(207) 975-4447
or prefer email registration - include name, age, and phone number.

Registration begins July 16, 2014
August 6, 21 and 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Hope - Beaver Lodge

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
5 Towns Adult Ed
(207) 236-7800, ext. 274
or register online.
September 9, 23 and 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Rockland - City Hall Rockland Police Dept
(207) 594-0316
September 27 and 28, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Hope - Beaver Lodge

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
5 Towns Adult Ed
(207) 236-7800, ext. 274
or register online.
October 7, 21 and 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Friendship - Hahn Center

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Vic MacCallum
(207) 975-4447
or prefer email registration - include name, age, and phone number.

Registration begins September 22, 2014
October 14, 28 and 29, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Lincoln County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Oxford County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Hiram - Sacopee Valley Middle School

This is a combination firearm and archery education course.

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Jamie Marshall
(207) 625-5128
July 25, 2014
5 - 9 p.m.
and
August 2, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Dixfield - American Legion Post 100

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Justina Hatch
(207) 320-1622
September 4, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 21, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Penobscot County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Newport - Nokomis High School
Adult Ed
(207) 368-3290
July 12 & 13, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Old Town - High School Library Adult Ed
(207) 827-3906
September 22, 23, 24, & 25, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Hampden - Reed Brook School Adult Ed
(207) 862-6422
September 29 - October 2, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Newport - Nokomis High School Adult Ed
(207) 368-3290
October 18, & 19, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Orono - High School Adult Ed
(207) 866-4119
October 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Piscataquis County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Guilford - PCHS
Harold Currier
(207) 277-3115
September 15 - 18, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Dover Foxcroft - YMCA YMCA
(207) 564-7111
September 27 & 28, 2014
9 - 3:30 p.m.
Dover Foxcroft - YMCA YMCA
(207) 564-7111
October 25 & 26, 2014
9 - 3:30 p.m.
Sagadahoc County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Topsham - Merrymeeting Adult Ed

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Merrymeeting Adult Ed
(207) 729-7323
July 10, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
July 20, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Somerset County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Fairfield - VFW Post #6924 Tony Travers
(207) 474-2476
July 22 and 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
July 26, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Jackman - Border Riders Clubhouse

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Michelle
(207) 668-4442
July 27, 2014
1 - 4 p.m.
and
August 10, 2014
9 - 5 p.m.
Fairfield - Jr. High School Don Perine
(207) 660-6382
August 25 - 28, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Pittsfield - Vickery School SAD 52 Adult Ed - Carol or Lauri
(207) 487-5145
October 6 - 9, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Harmony - Elementary School Harold Currier
(207) 277-3115
October 20, 21, 23 and 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Skowhegan - Sportsman's Clubhouse Russ Corson
(207) 474-5361
October 20 and 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 25, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Waldo County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Brooks - Fire Dept

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
RSU#3 Adult Ed
(207) 568-3426 or register online at: http://www.rsu3.maineadulted.org
August 5, 12, & 19, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Morrill - Crossroads to Calvery - 1106 Augusta Road

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Pastor Warren Heath
(207) 342-4044
September 8, 15, & 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Palermo - Sheepscot Lake Fish & Game

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
RSU#3 Adult Ed
(207) 568-3426 or register online at: http://www.rsu3.maineadulted.org
September 10, 2014 and
October 1 & 2, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Northport - Outdoor Sportsman

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Outdoor Sportsman
(207) 338-4141
September 27, 2014
9 - 1 p.m.
and
October 11, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Brooks - Morse Elementary School This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
RSU#3 Adult Ed
(207) 568-3426 or register online at: http://www.rsu3.maineadulted.org
October 7, 14, & 21, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Washington County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Trescott - Cobscook Community Learning Center

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Valerie Lawson
(207) 733-2233
July 13, 2014
5 - 9 p.m.
and
July 20, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
York County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Kittery - Trading Post

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Kittery Trading Post Customer Service
1-888-587-6246
July 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
August 3, 2014
9 - 5 p.m.
Saco - Police Department, Storer Street

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.

This class is full.
Gary DeWitt
(207) 284-5495

This class is full.
July 30, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
August 10, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.

This class is full.
York - Fish and Game Club, Route 1

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Tim Carle
(207) 698-4805
September 6 and 7, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Kittery - So ME Fish & Game Club on Martin Rd John McCollett
(207) 451-7118
September 8, 15, & 18, 2014
5 - 9 p.m.
Alfred - Town Hall

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Glenn Dochtermann
(207) 324-3018

Register only 2 weeks prior to course.
September 12, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Wells/North Berwick - High School/Rod & Gun

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Steve Rand
(207) 646-3472
September 16, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
and
October 4, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
South Berwick - Rod and Gun Club, Route 236

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Mike Anderson
(207) 748-3290
September 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 28, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Saco - Maine Tatical Business, 27 Industrial Park Road

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Mark Joyce
(207) 730 7230
September 17, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Wells - Messiah Christian Church, Route 1

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Werner Gilliam
(207) 408-1454
October 2, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 11, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Sanford - Sanford/Springvale Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
No Pre-Registration
October 6, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 19, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Sanford - Sanford/Springvale Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
No Pre-Registration
October 7, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 18, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Biddeford - New Life Christian Church, Route 111 Bob Walsh
(207) 752-1509
October 21 and 23, 2014
6 - 8 p.m.
and
October 25, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.