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
Cumberland Freeport - Casco Cenference Center LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 800-552-3261 or www.llbean.com September 21, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec Oakland - Messalonskee High School Mike Foster Info Only: (207) 446-4122 or Michael.J.Foster@maine.gov
Register online
September 09, 5:45pm-9pm & September 22, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Litchfield - Litchfield Sportsman Club Mark Austin: - (207) 513-2858 or mca1260@myfairpoint.net for questions/information.
Register online
September 21, 8:30am-4:30pm

Course is FULL

Penobscot Howland - Penobscot Valley High School Judy Lindquist - (207) 732-8361 September 23 & 24, 6pm-9:30pm, & September 25, 6pm-9pm

This is a standard classroom 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

Androscoggin Turner - Nezinscot Lodge #101 Mark Austin - (207) 513-2858 or kook1260@yahoo.com for questions/information.
Register online
October 05, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec West Gardiner - West Gardiner Rod & Gun Nancy Weeks - (207) 557-3302 or mcgiver@tds.net September 19, 6:30pm-8:45pm, September 21, 9am-2pm, & September 22 9am-4pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Knox Hope - Beaver Lodge Jasmine Greenleaf - (207) 441-3270 or Jasmine.A.Greenleaf@maine.gov October 01, 8, & 10, 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Waldo Northport - Outdoor Sportsman Michelle - (207) 338-4141 October 06, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Cape Elizabeth - Spurwick Rod & Gun Thomas Lacascia - (207) 450-0481 or thomas1lacascia@gmail.com October 09, 6pm-9pm & October 20, 8am-3pm

This is a homestudy course.

Waldo Unity - Unity College Alexandra Bernier - (207) 798-9391 or abernier16@unity.edu September 28, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.