Crossbow Hunter Safety

PLEASE NOTE: Some recreational safety courses have been cancelled or postponed. Please check the schedule regularly for updates.

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 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 29, 6pm-9pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland North Yarmouth - Lakeside Archery Steve Dunsmore - (207) 829-6213 April 19, 8:30am-12pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Hancock Stonington - Island Community Center Jean - (207) 367-2735 April 04, 6pm-9pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Hancock Sullivan Sumner Memorial High School- Jean @ Adult Ed - (207) 422-4794 April 11, 4pm-7pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Hancock Ellsworth - Ellsworth VFW Hall Marilyn @ Adult Ed - (207) 664-7110 April 18, 4pm-7pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman Alliance of Maine Mike Foster - (207) 446-4122 for questions/information.
Register online
April 28, 5:45pm-9pm

Course is FULL

Cumberland Steep Falls - Steep Falls Fire Station Shawn Franck - (207) 239-4353 for questions/information.
To register email sfgsafetyclass@gmail.com
April 15, 6pm-9pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland Freeport - LL Bean - Camping Atrium LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 1-800-552-3261 April 15, 6pm-9:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland New Gloucester - Yarmouth Hall, Pineland Farms LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 1-800-552-3261 July 15, 6pm-9:30pm
Cumberland New Gloucester - Yarmouth Hall, Pineland Farms LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 1-800-552-3261 July 29, 6pm-9:30pm
Cumberland New Gloucester - Yarmouth Hall, Pineland Farms LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 1-800-552-3261 August 12, 6pm-9:30pm
Cumberland New Gloucester - Yarmouth Hall, Pineland Farms LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program -1-800-552-3261 August 26, 6pm-9:30pm
Cumberland New Gloucester - Yarmouth Hall, Pineland Farms LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 1-800-552-3261 September 23, 6pm-9:30pm
Franklin Farmington - Farmington Adult Learning Center Adult Ed Office - (207) 778-3460 April 27, 5:30pm-9pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Androscoggin Mechanic Falls - Adult Ed Learning Center Jeri Cook - (207) 345-3217 for questions/information.
Register online
April 04, 9am-12:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
April 29, 6pm-9pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland Gray - Howell's Gun Shop Tom Ventresca - (207) 657-2324 or tvbigbuck@yahoo.com March 31, 4pm-9pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Somerset Hartland - Irving Community Center Craig Gerry - (207) 446-4249 or Craig.I.Gerry@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
April 16, 5:45pm-9pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman's Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 August 16, 8:30a-12p
Cumberland Scarborough - Cabela's Stephen Barr - (207) 446-4173 for questions/information.
To register email Stephen.L.Barr@maine.gov
April 04, 5pm-8:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland North Yarmouth - Lakeside Archery Steve Dunsmore - (207) 829-6213 or lakesidearchery@gmail.com April 26, 8:30a-12p **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland Scarborough - Cabela's Stephen Barr (207) 446-4173 for questions/information.
To register email Stephen.L.Barr@maine.gov
April 18, 9:15am-12p **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
May 20, 6pm-9pm
York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
August 23, 6pm-9pm
York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
September 23, 6pm-9pm