Crossbow Hunter Safety
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.