Firearms Hunter Safety

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
Cumberland Freeport - Casco Conference Center LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 800-552-3261 or www.llbean.com August 24, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Freeport - Casco Conference Center LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 800-552-3261 or www.llbean.com August 31, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Freeport - Casco Conference Center LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 800-552-3261 or www.llbean.com September 14, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

York York - York Fish & Game Tim Carle - (207) 698-4805 September 7 & 8, 8am-4pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Piscataquis Dover-Foxcroft - Piscataquis YMCA Chris Wesley - (207) 564-7111 August 18, 8:30am-4pm

This is an online course.

Piscataquis Dover-Foxcroft - Piscataquis YMCA Chris Wesley - (207) 564-7111 October 20, 8:30am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Gorham - Windham/Gorham Rod & Gun Jen Morton - (207) 310-8548 or wgrgcsafety@gmail.com September 18, 6pm-9pm & September 28, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Sullivan - Sumner Memorial High School Jean - (207) 422-4794 September 13, 6pm-9pm; & September 21, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Stonington - Island Community Center Jean - (207) 367-2735 September 20, 6pm-9pm & September 28, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Washington Beddington - Airline Diner Chris Grant - (207) 322-4195 September 14, 9am-4pm

This is an online course.

Washington Princeton - Princeton Rod & Gun Len Hanson - (207) 454-8733 or Hunterssafety4ME@gmail.com August 12, 6pm-9pm; August 18, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Aroostook Fort Fairfield - Frontier Fish & Game Garrett Martin - (207) 356-7781 or gbmartin05@gmail.com for questions/information.
Register online
September 21, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Somerset Jackman - Jackman School Craig Gerry - (207) 446-4249 or Craig.I.Gerry@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
August 23, 5:30pm-9:30pm & August 24, 8am-12pm

This is an online course. Combination Firearms/Archery Course

Cumberland Gorham - Gorham Middle School Gorham Adult Ed - (207) 222-1095 September 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm & September 28, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Gorham - Gorham Middle School Gorham Adult Ed - (207) 222-1095 October 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm & October 19, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Alfred - Alfred Town Hall Paul Main - (207) 324-8053 or Alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com September 4, 6pm-9pm & September 14, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
September 11, 6pm-9pm & September 21, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
October 16, 6pm-9pm & October 26, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Scarborough - Cabela's Stephen Barr - (207) 446-4173 or Stephen.L.Barr@maine.gov September 8, 9am-6pm

This is an online course. Combination Firearms/Archery Course

Cumberland Steep Falls - Steep Falls Fire Station Shawn Franck - sfgsafetyclass@gmail.com September 22, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan High School Vivian Champagne - (207) 474-7553 or adulted@msad54.org September 9, 11, 16-18 & 23; 5:45pm-8:30pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan High School Vivian Champagne - (207) 474-7553 or adulted@msad54.org October 7-9, 15-16, & 21; 5:45pm-8:30pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Androscoggin Poland - Top Gun of Maine Tonya Fons - (207) 576-1251 or tfons@envprojects.com for questions/information.
Register online
August 31, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Aroostook Ashland - Ashland High School Anna Belanger - (207) 435-3481 or Abelanger@sad32.org September 11, 6pm-9pm & September 21, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Falmouth - Falmouth Rod & Gun Stephen Barr (207) 446-4173 for questions/information.
To register email Stephen.L.Barr@maine.gov
August 14, 6pm-9pm & August 24, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Scarborough - Scarborough Fish & Game Mike Richard - (207) 233-8050 or Mike.Richard0@gmail.com August 24, 8am-5pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Windham - Windham Indoor Shooting Range William Keith - (207) 892-0274 or bkeith@windhamindoorshootingrange.com August 25, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Windham - Windham Indoor Shooting Range William Keith - (207) 892-0274 or bkeith@windhamindoorshootingrange.com September 29, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Windham - Windham Indoor Shooting Range William Keith - (207) 892-0274 or bkeith@windhamindoorshootingrange.com October 20, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

York Kittery - Southern Maine Fish & Game John McCollett - (207) 451-7118 September 18, 5p-9p & September 28, 8a-3p

This is a homestudy course.

Somerset Hartland - Irving Community Center Craig Gerry - (207) 446-4249 or Craig.i.gerry@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
August 13, 15, & 20, 5:45pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course. Combination Firearms/Archery Course

Aroostook Saint Agatha - KC Hall Raymond Doughty - (207) 316-2226 August 7 & 8, 5:30pm-9pm & August 31, 8am-3pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Aroostook Fort Kent - Community High School Don Lebel - (207) 834-3536 or donaldlebel@sad27.org September 03, 04, & 10, 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Aroostook Fort Kent - Community High School Don Lebel - (207) 834-3536 or donaldlebel@sad27.org October 15, 16, & 22, 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Penobscot Lincoln - Northern Penobscot Tech Region 3 Peggy Murray - (207) 794-3004 ext. 1 or pmurray@npt.lin.k12.me.us September 13, 6pm-9pm & September 21, 9am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Penobscot Millinocket - Northern Timber Cruisers Gene Gurewicz - (207) 447-2664 August 15, 6pm-9pm & August 25, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Aroostook Presque Isle - Ben's Trading Post Ben Leblanc - (207) 768-3181 or benny@benstradingpost.com August 24, 8am-4pm

This is an online course. Combination Firearms/Archery Course

Kennebec Oakland - Messalonskee High School Mike Foster Info Only: (207) 446-4122 or Michael.J.Foster@maine.gov
Register online
September 17, 5:45pm-9pm & September 29, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Gardiner - Gardiner High School Mike Foster Info Only: (207) 446-4122 or Michael.J.Foster@maine.gov Register Online: TBA September 25 & 26, 5:45pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Oxford South Paris - Deering Memorial Community Center
Register online
September 08, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Brewer - PCCA Clubhouse Tony Richard - (207) 827-3440 October 19, 7am-3:30pm & October 20, 8am-3:30pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Cumberland Windham - Windham High School/Veterans Center Stacia Dugas - (207) 892-1819 or sdugas@rsu14,org September 04, 6pm-9pm & September 15, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Androscoggin Mechanic Falls - Elm Street School - Adult Ed Jeri Cook - (207) 345-3217 October 05, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Aroostook Mars Hill - Central Aroostook High School Kathy Miller - (207) 425-3771 or kmiller@sad42.us August 27 & 28, 6pm-9pm, & September 03 & 04, 6pm-9pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Cumberland Gray - Howell's Gun Shop Tom Ventresca - (207) 657-2324 September 22, 9am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Steep Falls - Steep Falls Fire Station Shawn Franck - sfgsafetyclass@gmail.com October 13, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Somerset Madison - Madison Gun Club Roger Sabourin - (207) 509-6735 or rcsabourin@reagan.com August 31, 9am-4pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec Monmouth - Monmouth Fish & Game Mark Merrifield - (207) 458-0970 or merrifieldmark@gmail.com September 15, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Washington Forest City - Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Office Anna Rickard - (207) 448-3250 or wwltoffice@gmail.com September 27, 6pm-9pm & September 28, 9am-6pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Washington Charlotte - Calais Rod & Gun Bruce Fraser - (207) 508-314-6177 or bruce@fraser-fps.com October 10, 6pm-9pm & October 19, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Androscoggin Auburn - Androscoggin County Fish & Game Roland Rancourt Jr. - (207) 212-0757 September 28, 7:30am-4:00pm

This is an online course.

Androscoggin Auburn - Androscoggin County Fish & Game Roland Rancourt Jr. - (207) 212-0757 October 26, 7:30am-4:00pm

This is an online course.

Aroostook Presque Isle - Presque Isle Fish & Game Dick Fortier - (207) 496-1221 August 28, 6pm-9pm & September 14, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Lincoln Jefferson - Jefferson Village School Bonnie Merrill - (207) 563-2811 or bmerrill@aos93.org for questions/information.**Registration Link - TBA** October 01 & 08, 5:30pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Holden - Maine Military Supply Sales Associate - (207) 989-6783 September 21, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Mattawamkeag - Mattawamkeag Town Hall Frank Roy - (207) 461-1185 or fdroy1967@gmail.com September 21, 8am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Sagadahoc Topsham - Merrymeeting Adult Ed Carolee Tupper - (207) 729-7323 September 28, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Waldo Palermo - Sheepscot Lake Fish & Game Rodney Glidden - (207) 485-0190 or sheepscotsafetyclasses@yahoo.com October 03, 15, & 16, 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Washington Baileyville - Town Office Municipal Building/Woodland High School Michael Boies - (207) 427-6205 or recreation@baileyville.org September 10, 6pm-8pm (Town Office) & September 21, 8:30am-4:30pm (High School)

This is a homestudy course.

Washington Columbia - Pleasant River Fish & Game Larry Balchen - (207) 497-5621 or huntersafety@prfgca.org September 17, 6pm-9pm, & September 21, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.