Archery Hunter Safety

COVID-19 Guidance Checklist: Recreational 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.

Online Course: Students 16 and older can complete the bowhunter safety course online at bowhunter-ed.com/maine and will be provided a voucher upon completion of the online exam to purchase an archery hunting license.
Students 10-15 years of age can complete the bowhunter safety course online at bowhunter-ed.com/maine and will be provided a voucher upon completion of the online exam to then attend the required skills and exam day.  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%.

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%.

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%.

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 Sanford/Alfred - Sanford-Springvale Fish & Game/Alfred Town Hall October 19, 6pm-9pm (Sanford/Springvale F&G) & October 25, 8am-4pm (Alfred T.H.) **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun
Register online
October 04, 8am-5pm

This is an online course.

Hancock Sullivan - Sumner High School RSU-24 - (207) 422-4794 September 27, 9am-4pm **FULL**

This is an online course. Course is FULL

Somerset Hartland - Hartland Community Center Craig Gerry (207) 446-4249 or Craig.i.gerry@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
September 22 & 24; 5:30pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec West Gardiner - W. Gardiner Rod & Gun Nancy Weeks - (207) 557-3302 or mcgiver@tds.net September 24, 6:30pm-8:45pm; September 26, 9am-1pm; & September 27, 9am-4pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Aroostook Caribou - Caribou Adult Ed Amanda Riopelle - (207) 493-4272 or ariopelle@rsu39.org September 15, 6pm-9pm & September 26 8am-3:30pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Michael Foster (207) 446-4122 or Michael.j.foster@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
October 10, 8:30am-4pm **FULL**

This is an online course. Course is FULL

Waldo Northport - Outdoor Sportsman September 21 & 23, 6pm-9pm (Virtual - Zoom) & September 25 6pm-8pm (In-Person) - CANCELLED

CANCELLED

Androscoggin Turner - BQMC (Boofy Quimby Memorial Center) Michael Mayo (207) 446-4125 gov for questions/information.
Register online
September 21 & 23, 6pm-8pm (Virtual - ZOOM) & October 3 9am-12pm (In-person) **FULL**

This is an online course. This is a VIRTUAL online course. Virtual online courses require completion of internet study (online course) program, in addition to 2 online Zoom meetings and a shortened in-person skills & exam day. ** Course is FULL

Knox Rockland - Johnson's Sporting Goods Johnson's Sporting Goods - (207) 594-2916 September 27, 9am-4pm

This is an online course.