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.
|Cumberland||Freeport - Casco Cenference Center||LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 800-552-3261 or www.llbean.com||September 21, 8am-4pm|
|Kennebec||Oakland - Messalonskee High School||Mike Foster Info Only: (207) 446-4122 or Michael.J.Foster@maine.gov
|September 09, 5:45pm-9pm & September 22, 8:30am-4:30pm|
|Kennebec||Litchfield - Litchfield Sportsman Club||Mark Austin: - (207) 513-2858 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions/information.
|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|
|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 email@example.com for questions/information.
|October 05, 8:30am-4:30pm|
|Kennebec||West Gardiner - West Gardiner Rod & Gun||Nancy Weeks - (207) 557-3302 or firstname.lastname@example.org||September 19, 6:30pm-8:45pm, September 21, 9am-2pm, & September 22 9am-4pm|
|Knox||Hope - Beaver Lodge||Jasmine Greenleaf - (207) 441-3270 or Jasmine.A.Greenleaf@maine.gov||October 01, 8, & 10, 6pm-9pm|
|Waldo||Northport - Outdoor Sportsman||Michelle - (207) 338-4141||October 06, 9am-5pm|
|Cumberland||Cape Elizabeth - Spurwick Rod & Gun||Thomas Lacascia - (207) 450-0481 or email@example.com||October 09, 6pm-9pm & October 20, 8am-3pm|
|Waldo||Unity - Unity College||Alexandra Bernier - (207) 798-9391 or firstname.lastname@example.org||September 28, 8am-4pm|