Firearms Hunter Safety

Maine offers Firearms 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: proper firearms handling (rifle and shotgun), survival/first aid, hunter responsibility, map and compass and landowner relations.

The Standard Classroom Course consists of 12 hours of classroom instruction. Students must demonstrate to the instructor that they can safely handle a firearm, 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 online course, both of which complement the student manual. Students must demonstrate to the instructor that they can safely handle a firearm, 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 firearm, 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 www.hunter-ed.com/maine to complete the online portion of the course.

New courses will be posted below as they become available.

Find a shooting range to target practice or sight in a firearm.

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
Piscataquis Dover-Foxcroft - Piscataquis YMCA Chris Wesley - (207) 564-7111 October 20, 8:30am-4pm

Course is Full

Cumberland Gorham - Windham/Gorham Rod & Gun Jen Morton - (207) 310-8548 or wgrgcsafety@gmail.com September 18, 6pm-9pm & September 28, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Sullivan - Sumner Memorial High School Jean - (207) 422-4794 September 13, 6pm-9pm; & September 21, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Stonington - Island Community Center Jean - (207) 367-2735 September 20, 6pm-9pm & September 28, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Aroostook Fort Fairfield - Frontier Fish & Game Garrett Martin - (207) 356-7781 or gbmartin05@gmail.com for questions/information.
Register online
September 21, 8am-4pm

Course is FULL

Cumberland Gorham - Gorham Middle School Gorham Adult Ed - (207) 222-1095 September 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm & September 28, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Gorham - Gorham Middle School Gorham Adult Ed - (207) 222-1095 October 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm & October 19, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
September 11, 6pm-9pm & September 21, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
October 16, 6pm-9pm & October 26, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Steep Falls - Steep Falls Fire Station Shawn Franck - sfgsafetyclass@gmail.com September 22, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan High School Vivian Champagne - (207) 474-7553 or adulted@msad54.org September 9, 11, 16-18 & 23; 5:45pm-8:30pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan High School Vivian Champagne - (207) 474-7553 or adulted@msad54.org October 7-9, 15-16, & 21; 5:45pm-8:30pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Aroostook Ashland - Ashland High School Anna Belanger - (207) 435-3481 or Abelanger@sad32.org September 11, 6pm-9pm & September 21, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Windham - Windham Indoor Shooting Range William Keith - (207) 892-0274 or bkeith@windhamindoorshootingrange.com September 29, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Windham - Windham Indoor Shooting Range William Keith - (207) 892-0274 or bkeith@windhamindoorshootingrange.com October 20, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

York Kittery - Southern Maine Fish & Game John McCollett - (207) 451-7118 September 18, 5p-9p & September 28, 8a-3p

This is a homestudy course.

Aroostook Fort Kent - Community High School Don Lebel - (207) 834-3536 or donaldlebel@sad27.org October 15, 16, & 22, 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Penobscot Lincoln - Northern Penobscot Tech Region 3 Peggy Murray - (207) 794-3004 ext. 1 or pmurray@npt.lin.k12.me.us September 13, 6pm-9pm & September 21, 9am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Gardiner - Gardiner High School Mike Foster Info Only: (207) 446-4122 or Michael.J.Foster@maine.gov
Register online
September 25 & 26, 5:45pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Brewer - PCCA Clubhouse Tony Richard - (207) 827-3440 October 19, 7am-3:30pm & October 20, 8am-3:30pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Androscoggin Mechanic Falls - Elm Street School - Adult Ed Jeri Cook - (207) 345-3217 October 05, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Gray - Howell's Gun Shop Tom Ventresca - (207) 657-2324 September 22, 9am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Steep Falls - Steep Falls Fire Station Shawn Franck - sfgsafetyclass@gmail.com October 13, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Washington Forest City - Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Office Anna Rickard - (207) 448-3250 or wwltoffice@gmail.com September 27, 6pm-9pm & September 28, 9am-6pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Washington Charlotte - Calais Rod & Gun Bruce Fraser - (207) 508-314-6177 or bruce@fraser-fps.com October 10, 6pm-9pm & October 19, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Androscoggin Auburn - Androscoggin County Fish & Game Roland Rancourt Jr. - (207) 212-0757 for questions/information.
Register online
September 28, 7:30am-4:00pm

This is an online course.

Lincoln Jefferson - Jefferson Village School Bonnie Merrill - (207) 563-2811 or bmerrill@aos93.org for questions/information.**Registration Link - TBA** October 01 & 08, 5:30pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Holden - Maine Military Supply Sales Associate - (207) 989-6783 September 21, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Mattawamkeag - Mattawamkeag Town Hall Frank Roy - (207) 461-1185 or fdroy1967@gmail.com September 21, 8am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Sagadahoc Topsham - Merrymeeting Adult Ed Carolee Tupper - (207) 729-7323 September 28, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Waldo Palermo - Sheepscot Lake Fish & Game Rodney Glidden - (207) 485-0190 or sheepscotsafetyclasses@yahoo.com October 03, 15, & 16, 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Washington Baileyville - Town Office Municipal Building/Woodland High School Michael Boies - (207) 427-6205 or recreation@baileyville.org September 10, 6pm-8pm (Town Office) & September 21, 8:30am-4:30pm (High School)

This is a homestudy course.

Washington Columbia - Pleasant River Fish & Game Larry Balchen - (207) 497-5621 or huntersafety@prfgca.org September 17, 6pm-9pm, & September 21, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Knox Hope - Beaver Lodge Jasmine Greenleaf - (207) 441-3270 or Jasmine.A.Greenleaf@maine.gov September 03, 10, & 24, 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Androscoggin Poland - Top Gun of Maine Tonya Fons - (207) 576-1251 or tfons@envprojects.comfor questions/information.
Register online
September 29, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec Winthrop - Winthrop Middle School Mike Foster - Info Only: (207) 446-4122 or Michael.J.Foster@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
October 08, 5:45pm-9pm & October 19, 8:30am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Waterville - Waterville Elks Club Mike Foster Info Only: 446-4122 or Michael.J.Foster@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
October 13, 8:30am-3:30pm

This is an online course.

Sagadahoc Richmond - Richmond Sportsman Association Reggie Read - (207) 442-8421 or readsguide@gmail.com October 03, 6pm-9pm & October 13, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Waldo Searsport - Searsport District High School Belfast Adult Ed - (207) 338-3197 October 15, 23, & 24, 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Wells/North Berwick - Wells High School/North Berwick Rod & Gun Wells Adult Education - (207) 646-4565 September 26, 6:30pm-8pm (Wells) & October 05, 8am-5pm (North Berwick)

This is a homestudy course.

Aroostook Monticello - Wilderness Pines Lodge George Hurteau - (207) 538-4500 September 04, 6pm-9pm & September 22, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course. Combination Firearms/Archery Course

Franklin Wilton - Wilton Fish & Game Charles Tappan - (207) 645-4867 or jctapp@beeline-online.net September 24 & 25, 5:30pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Oxford West Paris - American Legion Wayne Theofrastou - (207) 890-1555 September 20, 6pm-9pm & September 29, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Penobscot Old Town - Old Town Trading Post Old Town Trading Post - (207) 827-7032 or mike.regan@maineyouthfishandgame.org September 22, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec West Gardiner - West Gardiner Rod & Gun Nancy Weeks - (207) 557-3302 or mcgiver@tds.net September 17 & 18, & 19, 6:30pm-8:45pm & September 21, 9am-4pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Knox Vinalhaven - Vinalhaven Town Office Jasmine Greenleaf - (207) 441-3270 or Jasmine.A.Greenleaf@maine.gov October 12, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Somerset Madison - Madison Gun Club Roger Sanbourin - (207) 509-6735 or rcsabourin@reagan.com September 28, 8:30am-4pm

This is an online course.

Waldo Frankfort - West Frankfort Fire Department Jasmine Greenleaf - (207) 441-3270 or Jasmine.A.Greenleaf@maine.gov September 28, 8:30am-4:30pm

Course is FULL

Waldo Thorndike - Mount View High School Jasmine Greenleaf - (207) 441-3270 or Jasmine.A.Greenleaf@maine.gov September 30, October 02 & 07, 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Waldo Northport - Outdoor Sportsman Michelle - (207) 338-4141 October 13, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Aroostook Hodgdon - Hodgdon High School Ashley Wheeler - (207) 532-2413 September 23, 24, 26, and October 01, 6pm-9pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Penobscot Stacyville - Katahdin High School Katahdin High School Adult Ed - (207) 365-4284 September 25, 6pm-9pm & September 29 8am-5pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Cumberland Scarborough - Scarborough Fish & Game Mike Richard (207) 233-8050 for questions/information.
To register email Mike.Richard0@gmail.com
October 26, 7:30am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Scarborough - Scarborough Fish & Game Mike Richard (207) 233-8050 for questions/information.
To register email Mike.Richard0@gmail.com
November 03, 7:30am-4pm

This is an online course.

Hancock Blue Hill - Blue Hill Public Library Blue Hill Library - (207) 374-5515 or instructor@roadrunner.com October 18, 6pm-9pm & October 27, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Lincoln Boothbay - Boothbay Region High School Pam Moody - (207) 633-3224 or pmoody@aos98schools.org October 15 & 22, 5:30pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Holden - Maine Military Supply Sales Associate - (207) 989-6783 October 19, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Holden - Maine Military Supply Sales Associate - (207) 989-6783 October 20, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Hancock Ellsworth - Ellsworth VFW Hall Marilyn - (207) 664-7110 September 30, 6pm-9pm & October 05, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Somerset Harmony - Harmony Elementary School Harold Currier - (207) 277-5348 October 7, 8, 9, & 10; 6pm-9pm

This is a standard classroom course.