Crossbow Hunter Safety

COVID-19 Guidance Checklist: Recreational Safety Courses

To be eligible to purchase a crossbow hunting permit, any person (16 years of age and older) must provide satisfactory evidence of the following: successful completion of an archery hunting education program or a firearms hunter safety course AND successful completion of a crossbow hunting education program (there is no set order in which the courses must be taken) OR proof of having previously held any valid hunting license and a valid permit or license that authorized the use of a crossbow (that is not a junior hunting license or an apprenticeship hunter license).

When proof or evidence cannot be otherwise provided, the applicant may substitute a signed affidavit that the applicant has previously held the required completed archery hunting education program or hunter safety course and crossbow hunting education program or has previously held any valid hunting license and a valid permit or license that authorized the use of a crossbow (that is not a junior hunting license or an apprenticeship hunter license). See Crossbow Hunting Fact Sheet for more information.

The Standard Classroom Course consists of 3 hours of classroom instruction. Students must demonstrate to the instructor that they can safely handle a crossbow, participate in activities, and pass a test with a grade of at least 70%

The Online Course takes approximately 3 hours and requires that students complete the knowledge portion of the course online and pass a test with a grade of at least 80%. The fee for the online course is $30.00. Please visit crossbow-ed.com/maine to complete the online course. Once students complete the online course, they will receive a digital certificate, which includes a certificate number that can be used to purchase a crossbow permit online or from a licensing agent. Note: a valid Maine firearms or archery license is required to purchase a crossbow permit.

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.

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 New Gloucester - Yarmouth Hall, Pineland Farms LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 1-800-552-3261 July 15, 6pm-9:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland New Gloucester - Yarmouth Hall, Pineland Farms LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 1-800-552-3261 July 29, 6pm-9:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland New Gloucester - Yarmouth Hall, Pineland Farms LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 1-800-552-3261 August 12, 6pm-9:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland New Gloucester - Yarmouth Hall, Pineland Farms LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program -1-800-552-3261 August 26, 6pm-9:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland New Gloucester - Yarmouth Hall, Pineland Farms LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 1-800-552-3261 September 23, 6pm-9:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman's Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 or Russell.corson049@myfairpoint.net August 16, 8:30a-12p **FULL**

Course is FULL

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
August 23, 9am-12pm
York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
September 23, 6pm-9pm
Cumberland North Yarmouth - Lakeside Archery Steve Dunsmore - (207) 829-6213 or lakesidearchery@gmail.com July 18, 5pm-8pm
Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Mike Foster (207) 446-4122 or Michael.j.foster@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
July 23, 6pm-9pm **FULL**

Course is FULL

York Kittery - Kittery Trading Post KTP - Customer Service 1-888-587-6246 or seminars@ktp.com July 18, 9am-12pm
York Kittery - Kittery Trading Post KTP - Customer Service 1-888-587-6246 or seminars@ktp.com August 22, 9am-12pm
Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Michael Foster (207) 446-4122 or Michael.j.foster@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
August 26, 6pm-9pm
Penobscot Old Town - Old Town Archery Dan Sanborn (207) 827-9489 or Charles.b.shaffer@maine.gov July 26, 3pm-5pm

See Archery listing for additional times for Combo Archery/Crossbow certification. Course is FULL