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.



Introduction to Firearms: Handgun

Date/Time: Sat, March 20, 2021 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
County: Kennebec
Location: Summerhaven Range 211 Sanford Road Augusta, ME

Description:

In this workshop, new handgun owners can learn safe gun handling.

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Introduction to Firearms: Long Gun

Date/Time: Sat, March 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
County: Kennebec
Location: Summerhaven Range 211 Sanford Road Augusta, ME

Description:

Under the guidance of MDIFW staff and instructors, learn to use .22 rifles (provided)

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Hunting Q+A: Turkey Hunting

Date/Time: Thu, March 25, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
County: All (virtual)
Location:

Description:

In this virtual 1 hour Q+A, you will have a chance to ask questions about hunting, hunting safety, the hunter education course, and next steps. Staff will cover frequently asked questions and offer advice on hunting success. In this Q+A we cover spring wild turkey hunting.

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Turkey Patterning at Summerhaven Range

Date/Time: Multiple
County: Kennebec
Location: Summerhaven Range 211 Sanford Road Augusta, ME

Description:

Pattern your turkey gun with support from MDIFW staff and Range Safety Officers. Register for a timeslot.

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Introduction to Firearms: Handgun

Date/Time: Sat, April 3, 2021 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
County: Kennebec
Location: Summerhaven Range 211 Sanford Road Augusta, ME

Description:

In this workshop, new handgun owners can learn safe gun handling.

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Introduction to Firearms: Shotgun

Date/Time: Wed, April 7, 2021 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
County: Kennebec
Location: Summerhaven Range 211 Sanford Road Augusta, ME

Description:

Under the guidance of MDIFW staff and instructors, learn to use 20 gauge shotguns(provided)

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Shotgun Shooting Skills Workshop

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 24th, 2021
County: Oxford
Location: Bryant Pond 4-H Camp

Contact: 207-665-2068

Description:

Whether you're new to hunting or want to shoot trap, skeet, or sporting clays, this workshop will help you become a better shooter. This workshop will be led by certified 4-H shooting sports instructors. Participants should bring their own lunch and are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses and ear protection. For those that dont have it, we can provide safety equipment for you. This program is hosted by University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond.

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Hunting Skills: Rifle and Shotgun Shooting Scenarios

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
County: Oxford
Location: Bryant Pond 4-H Camp

Contact: 207-665-2068

Description:

Are you interested or a bit curious about hunting? Are you looking for ways to be more self-reliant and connected to the food you put on your table? If so, this workshop will help you build your shooting skills in a way that will introduce you to various types of hunting scenarios and situations with both rifle and shotgun.This workshop is limited to 10 participants and will be led by certified 4-H Shooting Sports instructors and professional outdoor educators. Participants should bring their own lunch and are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses and ear protection. For those that don't have it, we can provide safety equipment for you. This workshop is hosted by University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond.

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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.