Crossbow Hunter Safety

To be eligible to purchase a crossbow hunting permit, any person (16 years of age and older) must hold a valid license to hunt big game (either a big game hunting license or an archery license), and must submit proof of having successfully completed an archery hunting education course and a crossbow hunting course or evidence of having previously held adult archery and crossbow hunting permits issued specifically for the purpose of hunting with a crossbow or bow and arrow in this State or any other state, province or country in any year after 1979. When proof or evidence cannot be provided, the applicant may substitute a signed affidavit.

Total Course = 3 hrs. 30 min

  • History & Modern Crossbows = 30 Minutes
  • Responsibility & Ethics = 1 Hour
  • Accessories= 20 Minutes
  • Shooting & Handling = 20 Minutes
  • Special Concerns = 20 Minutes
  • Laws & Safety = 30 Minutes
  • Testing & Review= 30 Minutes

New courses will be posted below as they become available.

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 Hollis - Buxton-Hollis Rod & Gun Club Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 or buxtonhollisrodgunclub@gmail.com or
Register online
August 25, 2018 8am-1pm
York Alfred - Alfred Town Hall For questions or more info call (207) 324-3018. To register, email alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com August 11, 2018 4-7:40pm
York Kittery - Kittery Trading Post Customer Service (207) 439-2700
Register online
August 30, 2018 5-9pm
Sagadahoc Richmond - Richmond Sportsman's Association Reginald Read (207) 446-4271 or reginald.j.read@maine.gov July 15, 2018 3:30pm-7:00pm

This is a combination Archery and Crossbow course

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman's Club Russell Corson (207) 474-5361 June 24, 2018 8:30am-12:00pm
Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman's Club Russell Corson (207) 474-5361 August 12, 2018 8:30am-12:00pm