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.

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.

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.

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.

This class is full.

Androscoggin Lisbon Falls - MTM Rec Center Harry Grinder (207) 212-8267 or (207) 353-8328 August 10, 2018 5:45 - 9:15pm, August 17, 2018 6-9 pm and August 25 9:00am - 12:30 pm

This is a homestudy course.

Penobscot Howland - Penobscot Valley High School Judy Lindquist (207) 732-8361 September 24 & 25, 2018 6:00-9:30pm and September 26, 2018 6:00-9:00pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Washington Perry - Wabanaki Wilderness Robert Dore (207) 853-0949 August 20, 2018 6-9pm and August 26, 2018 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Gray - Howell's Gun Shop Tom Ventresca at tvbigbuck@yahoo.com or csr@howellsgunshop.com August 19, 2018 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Androscoggin Lewiston - Central Maine Power Sports Michael Reagan (207) 795-4141 or mreagan@lewistonpublicschools.org for questions/information.
Register online
September 22, 2018 9am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Scarborough - Cabela's Mark Doering meifwsafe@gmail.com September 29, 2018 10am-6pm

This is an online course.

Waldo Palermo - 1579 Route 3 Rodney Glidden (207) 485-0190 or sheepscotsafetyclasses@yahoo.com August 15, 28 & 30 6-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Waldo Unity - Unity College RSU 3 Adult Ed (207) 568-3426 September 30, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec West Gardiner - West Gardiner Rod & Gun Club Nancy Weeks (207) 557-3302 or mcgiver@tds.net September 20, 2018, 6:30-8:45pm, September 22, 2018 9am-1pm, and September 23, 2018 9am-4pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Kennebec Litchfield - Litchfield Sportsman Club Mark Austin (207) 375-8215 for questions/information.
Register online
September 22, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.