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.

Online Course: Students 16 and older can complete the firearms hunter safety course online at hunter-ed.com/maine and will be provided a voucher upon completion of the online exam to purchase a firearms hunting license.

Students 10-15 years of age can complete the firearms hunter safety course online at hunter-ed.com/maine and will be provided a voucher upon completion of the online exam to then attend the required skills and exam day. 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.

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%

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 Sanford/Alfred - Sanford-Springvale Fish & Game/Alfred Town Hall October 19, 6pm-9pm (Sanford/Springvale F&G) & October 25, 8am-4pm (Alfred T.H.) **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun
Register online
October 14, 6pm-9pm & October 24, 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun
Register online
November 07, 8am-5pm

This is an online course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan High School October 05, 06, 07, & 08; 6pm-8:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan High School October 19, 20, 21, & 22; 6pm-8:30pm **CANCELLED**

CANCELLED

York Sanford - Sanford Fish & Game Stephen Barr - (207) 446-4173 or Stephen.L.Barr@maine.gov October 19, 6p-9p & October 25, 8am-5pm **FULL**

This is a homestudy course. Course is FULL

Cumberland Windham - Windham Indoor Shooting Range William Keith - (207) 892-0274 or bkeith@wisrme.com October 11, 9am-4pm **FULL**

This is an online course. Course is FULL

Aroostook Fort Kent - Community High School Don Lebel - (207) 834-3536 or donlebel@sad27.org October 14, 15 & 21; 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Ellsworth - VFW Hall Marilyn - (207) 664-7110 October 17, 9am-4pm **FULL**

This is an online course. Course is FULL

Waldo Searsport - Searsport Adult Ed Belfast Adult Ed - (207) 338-3197 October 13, 21, & 22; 6pm-9pm **CANCELLED**

This is a homestudy course. CANCELLED

Androscoggin Auburn - Androscoggin County Fish & Game John Wilson - ( 207) 783-6450 or ljwilson48@hotmail.com gov for questions/information.
Register online
October 25, 8am-4pm **FULL**

This is an online course. Course is FULL

Cumberland Westbrook - HVAC Services (73 Bradley Dr) Shawn Franck - sfgsafetyclass@gmail.com October 11, 8am-4pm **FULL**

This is an online course. Course is FULL

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Michael Foster (207) 446-4122 or Michael.j.foster@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
October 18, 8:30am-4pm **FULL**

This is an online course. Course is FULL

Washington Harrington - Narraguagas High School Eric Brooks - (207) 483-6681 October 24, 9am-4pm **FULL**

This is an online course. Course is FULL

York Lyman - York County Fish & Game Brian Pelletier - (207) 632-5218 or betheeamonggalex@yahoo.com October 23, 6pm-9pm & October 31, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Knox Rockland - American Legion Hall Johnson's Sporting Good - (207) 594-2916 October 04, 9am-4:30pm

This is an online course.