Next Step Hunting Programs

Learning to hunt is a lifelong journey. No matter if you are just starting out or have been hunting for years, there is always something to learn.

These Next Step workshops were designed to help all hunters take their skills to the next level. Classes are offered in the following three areas:

  • Introduction to Firearms: Under the supervision of Recreational Safety Coordinators, Range Safety Officers, and trained staff, learn to safely use and care for a variety of firearms and hunting implements. 
  • Learn to Hunt: From understanding the laws to figuring out the best gear for you, there’s a lot to learn when it comes to hunting. The Learn to Hunt workshops breakdown the essentials to get you out hunting safely and successfully.
  • Outdoor Safety & Survival: Before heading afield to hunt, hike, fish, or explore, learn the basics of map & compass, survival skills, shelter building, and more. 

Classes are offered virtually and in person. Check out the schedule below to find a class that interests you.



Scouting and Blood Tracking: Deer Hunting Workshop

Date/Time: Sat, September 18, 2021
County: Kennebec
Location: Swan Island, 7 Swan Island Landing, Richmond, ME 04357

Contact: John Pratt, Wildlife Biologist & Swan Island Manager at (207) 592-5050

Description:

Join us to learn tips, tricks, and equipment needed for scouting and tracking deer. All experience levels are welcome.

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Becoming an Outdoorswoman (BOW) - Fall Session

Date/Time: Saturday, September 25
County: Oxford
Location: University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond, 17 Conservation Lane, Maine 04219

Description:

The fall mini workshop is an opportunity for women to participate in workshops in three general program areas: Shooting and hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation such as paddling, hiking etc. All of our workshops are taught in a very " hands-on" way, focusing on the needs of the learner and are open to all participants 18 years of age and older. All experience levels welcome!

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Field Dressing and Skinning: Deer Hunting Workshop

Date/Time: Sat, September 25, 2021 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
County: Kennebec
Location: Swan Island, 7 Swan Island Landing, Richmond, ME 04357

Contact: John Pratt, Wildlife Biologist & Swan Island Manager at (207) 592-5050

Description:

Learn the skills, tips, tricks, and equipment needed for field dressing and skinning deer. All experience levels are welcome.

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Meat Prep and Cooking Venison: Deer Hunting Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 1:30-6pm
County: Kennebec
Location: Swan Island, 7 Swan Island Landing, Richmond, ME 04357

Description:

Learn the skills, tips, tricks, and equipment needed for meat prepping and cooking venison. All experience levels are welcome.

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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.