Firearms Hunter Safety

COVID-19 Guidance Checklist: Recreational Safety Courses

Maine offers Firearms 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: proper firearms handling (rifle and shotgun), survival/first aid, hunter responsibility, map and compass and landowner relations.

The Standard Classroom Course consists of 12 hours of classroom instruction. Students must demonstrate to the instructor that they can safely handle a firearm, 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 online course, both of which complement the student manual. Students must demonstrate to the instructor that they can safely handle a firearm, 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 firearm, 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 www.hunter-ed.com/maine to complete the online portion of the course.

New courses will be posted below as they become available.

Find a shooting range to target practice or sight in a firearm.

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

Aroostook Presque Isle - Presque Isle Fish & Game Dick Fortier - (207) 496-1221 August 26, 6pm-8pm & September 12, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

York York - York Fish & Game Tim Carle - (207) 698-4805 September 12 & 13, 8am-4pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman's Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 July 08, 6pm-9pm & July 18, 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 19, 6pm-9pm & August 30, 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
October 14, 6pm-9pm & October 24, 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
November 07, 8am-5pm

This is an online course.

Aroostook Caribou - Caribou Adult Ed Amanda Riopelle - (207) 493-4272 August 04, 6pm-9pm & August 15 8am-3:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Aroostook Caribou - Caribou Wellness & Recreation Center Neal Sleeper - (207) 493-4224 September 09, 5pm-8pm & September 13, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman Alliance of Maine Mike Foster (207) 446-4122 or Michael.j.foster@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
July 20 & 22, 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, & 28, 5:30pm-9pm **FULL**

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

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, 8am-12pm **FULL**

This is an online course. See Archery 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, & 25, 5:30pm-9pm **FULL**

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

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage - (207) 329-7096 July 08, 6pm-9pm & July 18 8am-5pm **FULL**

This is a homestudy course. Course is FULL

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman Alliance of Maine Michael Foster (207) 446-4122 or Michael.j.foster@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
August 03 & 04, 5:45pm-9pm **FULL**

This is an online course. Course is FULL

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman Alliance of Maine Michael Foster (207) 446-4122 or Michael.j.foster@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
August 23, 8:30am-4pm **FULL**

This is an online course. Course is FULL

Cumberland Cumberland - Cumberland Fair Grounds Stephen Barr - (207) 446-4173 or Stephen.L.Barr@maine.gov July 18, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Cumberland - Cumberland Fair Grounds Stephen Barr - (207) 446-4173 or Stephen.L.Barr@maine.gov July 25, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Knox Hope - Beaver Lodge Jasmine Greenleaf - (207) 441-3270 or Jasmine.A.Greenleaf@maine.gov July 27, 28, & 29, 6pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Knox Rockland - Johnson's Sporting Goods Jasmine Greenleaf - (207) 441-3270 or Jasmine.A.Greenleaf@maine.gov August 02, 9am-3:30pm

This is an online course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan High School Vivian Champagne - (207) 474-7553 October 05, 06, 07, & 08; 6pm-8:30pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan High School Vivian Champagne - (207) 474-7553 October 19, 20, 21, & 22; 6pm-8:30pm

This is a standard classroom course.