Firearms Hunter Safety

PLEASE NOTE: Some recreational safety courses have been cancelled or postponed. Please check the schedule regularly for updates. In the meantime, students are encouraged to complete the online portion of archery or firearms 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 Glenn Dochtermann (207) 324-3018 for questions/information.
To register email Alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com (Must include Full name and telephone #)
April 08, 6pm-9pm & April 18, 8am-5pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

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 May 13, 6pm-8pm & May 23, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy 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.

Kennebec Gardiner - Gardiner High School MSAD 11 Adult Ed (207) 582-3774 or adulted@msad11.org for questions/information.
Register online
April 25, 8:30am-4pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman Alliance of Maine Mike Foster - (207) 446-4122 for questions/information.
Register online
April 26, 8:30am-4pm

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

Cumberland Steep Falls - Steep Falls Fire Station Shawn Franck (207)239-4353 for questions/information.
To register email sfgsafetyclass@gmail.com
April 11, 8am-4pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland Steep Falls - Steep Falls Fire Station Shawn Franck (207) 239-4353 for questions/information.
To register email sfgsafetyclass@gmail.com
April 25, 8am-4pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Cumberland Gorham - Gorham Middle School Gorham Adult Ed - (207) 222-1095 April 29, 6:30pm-8:30pm & May 09, 8am-4pm
Cumberland Harrison - Western Maine Fish & Game Adam Frye - (207 595-3747 for questions/information.
To register email club_secretary@outlook.com
May 03, 7:30am-4pm

This is an online course.

Franklin Jay - Spruce Mountain High School RSU Adult Ed - (207) 897-6406 April 16, 29, & 30; 6pm-9pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Piscataquis Willimantic - Big Pines Gun Club Charles Shaffer - (207) 446-4132 or Charles.B.Shaffer@maine.gov April 26, 8am-4pm

This is an online course. Females Only Course

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

This is a standard classroom course.

Oxford West Paris - American Legion Wayne Theofrastou - (207) 890-1555 April 22, 6pm-9pm & May 03 8:30am-4:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

York Kittery - Southern Maine Fish & Game John McCollett - (207) 451-7118 April 08, 5pm-9pm & April 18, 8am-3pm **POSTPONED-DATE TBD**

This is a homestudy course. POSTPONED-DATE TBD

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
May 09, 8am-5pm

This is an online course.

Somerset Hartland - Irving Community Center Craig Gerry - (207) 446-4249 or Craig.I.Gerry@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
March 31, April 02 & 07; 5:45pm-9pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman's Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 June 03, 6pm-9pm & June 13, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman's Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 July 08, 6pm-9pm & July 18, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Windham - Windham High School & Windham Veterans Center Stacia Dugas - (207) 892-1819 or sdugas@rsu14.org or Online @ Windham.maineadulted.org May 06, 6pm-9pm & May 16, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Monmouth - Monmouth Fish & Game Mark Merrifield (207) 458-0970 or merrifieldmark@gmail.com for questions/information.
Register online
April 05, 8am-4:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Penobscot Lincoln - Northern Penobscot Tech Region 3 Peggy Murray - (207) 794-3004 ext. 1 or pmurray@npt.lin.k12.me.us May 22, 6pm-9pm & May 30, 9am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

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.