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 Alfred - Alfred Town Hall Paul Main (207) 324-8053 for questions/information.
To register email Alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com
September 02, 6pm-9pm & September 12, 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course. Combo Firearms/Archery Course

York Sanford/Alfred - Sanford-Springvale Fish & Game/Alfred Town Hall Paul Main (207) 324-8053 for questions/information.
To register email Alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com
October 19, 6pm-9pm (Sanford/Springvale F&G) & October 25, 8am-4pm (Alfred T.H.)

This is a homestudy course. Combo Firearms/Archery Course

Cumberland Falmouth - Mason Moltz Community Center Matt Gilbert - mgilbert@falmouthme.org March 07, 8:30am-4pm

This is an online course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan High School Vivian Champagne - (207) 474-7553 March 02, 04, 09, & 11; 6pm-8:30pm

This is a standard classroom course.

York Alfred - Alfred Town Hall Glenn Dochtermann (207) 324-3018 for questions/information.
To register email Alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com (Must include Full name and telephone #)
April 15, 6pm-9pm & April 25, 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Scarborough - Cabela's Mark Doering - meifwsafe@gmail.com February 15, 9:30am-5:30pm

This is an online course.

Hancock Stonington - Island Community Center Jean - (207) 367-2735 March 27, 6pm-9pm & April 04, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Sullivan - Sumner Memorial High School Jean @ Adult Ed - (207) 422-4794 April 03, 6pm-9pm & April 11, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Ellsworth - Ellsworth VFW Hall Marilyn @ Adult Ed - (207) 664-7110 April 13, 6pm-9pm & April 18, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman Alliance of Maine Mike Foster - (207) 446-4122 for questions/information.
Register online
April 26, 8:30am-12pm & April 27, 5:45pm-9pm

This is an online course. Combo Firearms/Archery Course. See Firearms listing for additional times for Combo certification

Oxford Bryant Pond - Bryant Pond 4H Camp & Learning Center Gary Proulx - (207) 523-9905 or gary.proulx@maine.edu February 04, 11, 18, 25, 5pm-7pm & March 03 & 10, 5pm-7pm

This is a standard classroom course.

York North Berwick - N. Berwick Rod & Gun Gary Rohm - (207) 651-2555 or grohm@maine.rr.com April 08, 6pm-9pm & April 18, 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.