Archery Hunter Safety

PLEASE NOTE: Some recreational safety courses have been cancelled or postponed. Please check the schedule regularly for updates. In the meantime, students are encouraged to complete the online portion of archery or firearms safety courses.

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
York Alfred - Alfred Town Hall Paul Main (207) 324-8053 for questions/information.
To register email Alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com
September 02, 6pm-9pm & September 12, 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course. Combo Firearms/Archery Course

York Sanford/Alfred - Sanford-Springvale Fish & Game/Alfred Town Hall Paul Main (207) 324-8053 for questions/information.
To register email Alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com
October 19, 6pm-9pm (Sanford/Springvale F&G) & October 25, 8am-4pm (Alfred T.H.)

This is a homestudy course. Combo Firearms/Archery Course

York Alfred - Alfred Town Hall Glenn Dochtermann (207) 324-3018 for questions/information.
To register email Alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com (Must include Full name and telephone #)
April 15, 6pm-9pm & April 25, 8am-5pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Hancock Stonington - Island Community Center Jean - (207) 367-2735 March 27, 6pm-9pm & April 04, 9am-4pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Hancock Sullivan - Sumner Memorial High School Jean @ Adult Ed - (207) 422-4794 April 03, 6pm-9pm & April 11, 9am-4pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Hancock Ellsworth - Ellsworth VFW Hall Marilyn @ Adult Ed - (207) 664-7110 April 13, 6pm-9pm & April 18, 9am-4pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman Alliance of Maine Mike Foster - (207) 446-4122 for questions/information.
Register online
April 26, 8:30am-12pm & April 27, 5:45pm-9pm

This is an online course. Combo Firearms/Archery Course. See Firearms listing for additional times for Combo certification

York North Berwick - N. Berwick Rod & Gun Gary Rohm- (207) 651-2555 or grohm@maine.rr.com for questions/information.
Register online
April 08, 6pm-9pm & April 18, 8am-5pm **DATE POSTPONED**

POSTPONED

Kennebec Litchfield - Litchfield Sportsman Club Mark Austin - (207) 513-2858 or markaustin823@yahoo.com for questions/information.
Register online
April 11, 8:30am-4:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

York York - York Fish & Game Tim Carle - (207) 698-4805 June 06 & 07, 8am-4pm

This is a standard classroom course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
March 11, 6pm-9pm & March 22, 8am-5pm **POSTPONED - DATE TBD**

This is a homestudy course.

Day 2 (03/22) POSTPONED - DATE TBD

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
April 19, 8am-5pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

York Kittery - Kittery Trading Post KTP Customer Service 1-888-587-6246 or seminars@ktp.com July 22, 6pm-9pm & August 01, 9am-6pm

This is a homestudy course.

Somerset Hartland - Irving Community Center Craig Gerry - (207) 446-4249 or Craig.I.Gerry@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
March 31, April 02 & 07; 5:45pm-9pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman's Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 August 05, 6pm-9pm & August 15, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Scarborough - Cabela's Mark Doering - meifwsafe@gmail.com April 04, 9:15am-4:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland Scarborough - Cabela's Mark Doering - meifwsafe@gmail.com April 18, 1pm-8:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland North Yarmouth - Lakeside Archery Steve Dunsmore - (207) 829-6213 or lakesidearchery@gmail.com May 31, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
August 12, 6pm-9pm & August 22, 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
October 04, 8am-5pm

This is an online course.

York North Berwick - North Berwick Rod & Gun Gary Rohm- (207) 651-2555 or grohm@maine.rr.com for questions/information. Registration Link TBA June 10, 6pm-9pm & June 20 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.