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
Kennebec Augusta - SAM Headquarters Mike Foster (Info Only) (207) 446-4122 --
Register online
May 18, 2019; 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Freeport - Casco Conference Center LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 800-552-3261 or www.llbean.com August 10, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Freeport - Casco Conference Center LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 800-552-3261 or www.llbean.com August 17, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

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.

York North Berwick - North Berwick Rod & Gun Bob Pelletier (207)206-2292 for questions/information.
To register email bobang1973@yahoo.com
August 14, 6pm-9pm; August 24, 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

York York - York Fish & Game Tim Carle - (207) 698-4805 June 1 & 2, 8am-4pm

This is a standard classroom course.

York Kittery - Kittery Trading Post KTP Customer Service - 888-587-6246, seminars@ktp.com or
Register online
August 10, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 August 07, 6pm-9pm & August 17, 8am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 September 04, 6pm-9pm & September 14, 8am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Waldo Palermo - Sheepscot Lake Fish & Game Rodny Glidden - (207) 485-0190 or sheepscotsafetyclasses@yahoo.com April 17, 6pm-9pm; April 29, 6pm-9pm; & April 30, 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Aroostook Oakfield - Smoki-Haulers S.C. Stephen Wotton - (207) 446-4293 April 25 6pm-9pm & May 04 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Bucksport - Bucksmill Rod & Gun Club Chris Grant - (207) 322-4195 May 03, 6pm-9pm & May 11, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Augusta - SAM Headquarters Mike Foster - Info Only: (207) 446-4122
Register online
June 18, 5:45pm-9pm & June 20, 5:45pm-9pm

This is an online course.