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.

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

York Kittery - Kittery Trading Post KTP Customer Service 1-888-587-6246 or seminars@ktp.com July 25, 6pm-9pm & August 01, 9am-6pm

This is a homestudy course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman's Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 or Russell.corson049@myfairpoint.net August 05, 6pm-9pm & August 15, 8am-4pm **FULL**

This is a homestudy course. Course is FULL

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
August 12, 6pm-9pm & August 22, 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
October 04, 8am-5pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland North Yarmouth - Lakeside Archery Steve Dunsmore - (207) 829-6213 or lakesidearchery@gmail.com July 18, 8:30am-4:30pm **FULL**

This is an online course. Course is FULL

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Mike Foster (207) 446-4122 or Michael.j.foster@maine.govfor questions/information.
Register online
July 14 & 15, 5:45pm-9pm **FULL**

This is an online course. Course is FULL

Somerset Hartland - Irving Community Center Craig Gerry (207) 446-4249 or Craig.i.gerry@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
July 21, 23, & 30, 5:30pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course. See Firearms listing for additional times for Combo Firearms/Archery certification.

Somerset Jackman - Jackman American Legion Craig Gerry (207) 446-4249 or Craig.i.gerry@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
August 07, 5:30pm-9pm & August 08, 1pm-5pm **FULL**

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

Somerset Hartland - Irving Community Center Craig Gerry (207) 446-4249 or Craig.i.gerry@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
August 18, 20, & 27, 5:30pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course. See Firearms listing for additional times for Combo Firearms/Archery certification.

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Michael Foster (207) 446-4122 or Michael.j.foster@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
August 09, 8:30am-4pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Old Town - Old Town Archery Dan Sanborn (207) 827-9489 or Charles.b.shaffer@maine.gov July 26, 8am-3pm **FULL**

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