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
York Hollis - Buxton Hollis Rod & Gun Club Shawn Sage (for info only) (207) 329-7096
Register online
July 21, 2018 8am to 5pm

This is a online course.

York Hollis - Buxton Hollis Rod & Gun Club Shawn Sage (for info only) (207) 329-7096
Register online
October 13, 2018 8am to 5pm

This is a online course.

York Hollis - Buxton Hollis Rod & Gun Club Shawn Sage (for info only) (207) 329-7096
Register online
August 8, 2018 6-9pm and August 18, 2018 8am to 5pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Lyman - York County Fish and Game Brian Pelletier (207) 632-5218 or betheeamonggalex@yahoo.com September 21, 2018 6-9pm and September 29, 2018 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

This is a ladies only course

York Lyman - York County Fish and Game Brian Pelletier (207) 632-5218 or betheeamonggalex@yahoo.com October 27, 2018 8am-5pm

This is a online course.

Cumberland Freeport - L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School - Casco Conference Center 1-800-552-3261 or llbean.com July 14, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a online course.

Cumberland Freeport - L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School - Casco Conference Center 1-800-552-3261 or llbean.com July 21, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a online course.

Cumberland Freeport - L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School - Casco Conference Center 1-800-552-3261 or llbean.com August 18, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a online course.

Cumberland Freeport - L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School - Casco Conference Center 1-800-552-3261 or llbean.com August 25, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a online course.

Cumberland Freeport - L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School - Casco Conference Center 1-800-552-3261 or llbean.com September 15, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a online course.

York Alfred - Alfred Town Hall For questions or more info call (207) 324-3018. To register, email alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com September 5, 2018 6-9pm September 15, 2018 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Alfred - Alfred Town Hall For questions or more info call (207) 324-3018. To register, email alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com October 17, 2018 6-9pm and October 28, 2018 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Alfred - Alfred Town Hall For questions or more info call (207) 324-3018. To register, email alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com October 1, 2018 6-9pm and October 14, 2018 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman's Club Russell Corson (207) 474-5361 July 18, 2018 5:45-9pm and July 28, 2018 8am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Kittery - Kittery Trading Post Customer Service (207) 439-2700
Register online
August 12, 2018 10am-6pm

This is a online course.

Aroostook Fort Fairfield - Club House Garrett Martin (207) 356-7781 or gbmartin05@gmail.com
Register online
September 15, 2018 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Piscataquis Greenville - Greenville High School Mike Foster 904-233-2457 or mjfoster963@hotmail.com for questions/info
Register online
June 24, 2018 8:30am-4pm

This is a online course.

Washington Alexander - Alexander Grange Hall Len Hanson (207) 454-8733 or hunterssafety4ME@gmail.com June 23, 2018 9am-4pm

This is an online course.

York York - York Fish & Game Association Tim Carle (207) 698-4805 September 8 & 9, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Washington Forest City - Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Office Anna Rickard (207) 448-3250 or wwltoffice@gmail.com August 17, 2018 6-9pm and August 25, 2018 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Sagadahoc Topsham - Merrymeeting Adult Ed Carolee Tupper (207)7323 or adulted@link75.org August 7 & 9, 2018 5:30-9pm

This is an online course.

Hancock Beddington - The Airline Diner Chris Grant (207) 322-4195 July 20, 2018 6-9pm and July 28, 2018 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

York West Newfield - Northern York County Fish & Game Club James Kerns (315) 790-2553 August 4, 2018 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland West Newfield - Northern York County Fish & Game Club James Kerns (315) 790-2553 August 4, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Harrison - Western Maine Fish & Game Club Arlin Bigelow (207) 583-4535 September 22, 2018 7:30am-4pm and September 23, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Franklin Rangeley - Rangeley Region Guides & Sportsman's Association Clubhouse Harold Fay (207) 864-2651 June 18, 19, 24 & 25, 2018 6-9pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Franklin Wilton - Wilton Fish & Game Charlie Tappan (207) 645-4867 or jctapp@beeline-online.net June 26 & 28, 2018 6-9pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland New Gloucester - Royal River Rod & Gun Club Lou Haskell louhask@maine.rr.com July 14, 2018 8:30am-3:30pm

This is an online course.

Sagadahoc Richmond - Richmond Sportsman's Association Reginald Read (207) 446-4271 for questions/info.
Register online
July 18, 2018 6-9pm and July 28, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Craig Gerry (207) 446-4249 or craig.i.gerry@maine.gov for questions/info.
Register online
August 14 & 15, 2018 5:30-9pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Craig Gerry (207) 446-4249 or craig.i.gerry@maine.gov for questions/info.
Register online
July 17 & 18, 2018 5:30-9pm

This is an online course.

Lincoln Waldoboro - American Legion Post 149 Reginald Read (207) 446-4271 for questions/info.
Register online
September 13, 20, & 27, 2018 6-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Penobscot Newport - Nokomis High School Mike Foster (904) 233-2457 or snowinski@rsu19.net for questions/info.
Register online
July 22, 2018 8:30am-3:30pm

This is an online course.