Archery Hunter Safety

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 North Berwick - North Berwick Rod & Gun Club Bob Pelletier (207) 676-4090 or bobang1973@yahoo.com (recommended) August 15, 2018 6-9pm and August 25, 2018 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Freeport - L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School - Casco Conference Center 1-800-552-3261 or llbean.com August 11, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a online course.

York Alfred - Alfred Town Hall Paul Main AlfredHuntingClass@gmail.com August 1, 2018 6-9pm and August 11, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Hollis - Buxton-Hollis Rod & Gun Club Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 or buxtonhollisrodgunclub@gmail.com or
Register online
August 2, 2018 6-9pm and August 19, 2018 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman's Club Russell Corson (207) 474-5361 June 13, 2018 6-9pm and June 23, 2018 8am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman's Club Russell Corson (207) 474-5361 August 1, 2018 6-9pm and August 11, 2018 8am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Kittery - Kittery Trading Post Customer Service (207) 439-2700
Register online
July 26, 2018 6-9pm and August 5, 2018 10am-6pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Brunswick - American Legion Post 20, 1 Columbus Drive Scott Higgins (207) 577-5998 or Scottdhiggins1@gmail.com August 8, 2018 6-9pm and August 19, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Sagadahoc Richmond - Richmond Sportsman's Association Reginald Read (207) 446-4271 or reginald.j.read@maine.gov July 15, 2018 8am-3pm

This is an online course.

This is a combination Archery and Crossbow course

Cumberland Falmouth - Plummer-Molts Act. Center Don L'Heaureax (207) 650-7075 July 10, 2018 6-9pm and July 21, 2018 8:30am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Freeport - L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School - Casco Conference Center 1-800-552-3261 or llbean.com September 22, 2018 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Craig Gerry (207) 446-4249 or craig.i.gerry@maine.gov for questions/info.
Register online
August 1 & 2, 2018 5:30-9pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Newport - Nokomis High School Mike Foster (904) 233-2457 or snowinski@rsu19.net for questions/info.
Register online
July 28, 2018 8:30am-3:30pm

This is an online course.