Archery Hunter Safety

Maine offers Archery Hunter Safety Education courses in three different formats: standard classroom, home study or online. Courses vary in presentation and teaching style as well as student work requirements outside of the classroom. Courses are taught by trained, certified volunteer instructors according to statewide standards. Courses cover the following topics: laws, safety, equipment, first-aid and survival, map and compass, ethics, and landowner relations.

The Standard Classroom Course consists of 10 hours of classroom instruction. Students must demonstrate to the instructor that they can safely handle a bow, participate in activities, bring in a survival kit with appropriate contents and pass a 50 question test with a grade of at least 70%.

The Home Study Course consists of about 9 hours of classroom instruction broken up into a 3 hour introduction followed by either 2 nights or one day of classroom and activities. Students are required to complete a workbook or chapter reviews from an internet course both of which complement the student manual. Students must demonstrate to the instructor that they can safely handle a bow, participate in activities, bring in a survival kit with appropriate contents and pass a 50 question test with a grade of at least 70%.

The Online Course requires that students complete the knowledge portion of the course online and attend a skills and exam day which is about 7 hours. Students complete quizzes and exam as they do the online course and are provided with a voucher to attend the skills and exam day upon completion of the online exam. In the skills and exam session students must demonstrate to the instructor that they can safely handle a bow, participate in activities, bring in a survival kit with appropriate contents and pass a 50 question test with a grade of at least 70%.

Students must complete the online course and provide voucher number to register for the Skills and Exam Day. Students must also bring the voucher to the first class. Please visit bowhunter-ed.com/maine/ to complete the online portion of the course.

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.

When registering either by telephone or email, please be sure to include your full name, telephone number, and which course, date and location you are signing up for. 

Current Courses

County Location Contact Date/Time Info
Cumberland Freeport - Casco Conference Center LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 800-552-3261 or www.llbean.com August 10, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Freeport - Casco Conference Center LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 800-552-3261 or www.llbean.com August 17, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Freeport - Casco Cenference Center LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 800-552-3261 or www.llbean.com September 21, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

York North Berwick - North Berwick Rod & Gun Bob Pelletier (207)206-2292 for questions/information.
To register email bobang1973@yahoo.com
August 14, 6pm-9pm; August 24, 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Kittery - Kittery Trading Post KTP Customer Service - 888-587-6246, seminars@ktp.com or
Register online
August 10, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 August 07, 6pm-9pm & August 17, 8am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 September 04, 6pm-9pm & September 14, 8am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland North Yarmouth - Lakeside Archery Steve Dunsmore - (207) 829-6213 August 11, 8am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Brunswick - American Legion Post 20 Scott Higgins - (207) 577-5998 for questions/information.
To register email Scottdhiggins1@gmail.com
August 18, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage - Info Only - (207) 329-7096
Register online
August 07, 6pm-9pm & August 11 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage - Info Only - (207) 329-7096
Register online
September 15, 8am-5pm

This is an online course.

Washington Alexander - Alexander Grange #304 Len Hanson - (207) 454-8733 or Hunterssafety4ME@gmail.com August 03, 9am-3pm; August 11, 9am-12pm

This is a homestudy course. This is a Combo Firearms/Archery Course

Somerset Jackman - Jackman School Craig Gerry - (207) 446-4249 for questions/information.
Register online
August 23, 5:30pm-9:30pm & August 24, 1pm-5pm

This is an online course. Combination Firearms/Archery course

Aroostook Wallagrass - Lugdon's Lodge Ed or Marion Lugdon - (207) 444-4557 July 14, 2pm-4pm & July 20, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Scarborough - Cabela's Stephen Barr - (207) 446-4173 or Stephen.L.Barr@maine.gov September 8, 9am-6pm

This is an online course. Combo Firearms/Archery Course

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Mike Foster - (207) 446-4122 for questions/information.
Register online
August 12 & 13, 5:45pm-9pm

This is an online course.