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 July 13, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Freeport - Casco Conference Center LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 800-552-3261 or www.llbean.com July 20, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Freeport- Casco Conference Center LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program - 800-552-3261 or www.llbean.com July 27, 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 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.

York Kittery - Kittery Trading Post KTP Customer Service - 888-587-6246, seminars@ktp.com, or
Register online
August 7, 5pm-8pm; August 17, 9:30am-3:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 July 17, 6pm-9pm & July 27, 8am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland New Gloucester - Royal River Rod & Gun Lou Haskell - (207) 650-4177 or louhask@maine.rr.com June 29, 8:30am-3:30pm

This is an online 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 Steep Falls - Steep Falls Fire Shawn Franck - sfgsafetyclass@gmail.com June 19, 6pm-9pm & June 29 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy 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.

Franklin Rangeley - RRG&SA Clubhouse Richard Moore - (207) 864-2714 or mooreinthemtns@myfairpoint.net June 17, 18, 24, & 25, 6pm-9pm

This is a standard classroom 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.

York Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage - Info Only - (207) 329-7096
Register online
July 20, 8am-5pm

This is an online course.

Waldo Thorndike - Mount View High School Tammie Leach - (207) 568-3426 or adulted@rsu3.org June 6, 13, & 20 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Sagadahoc Richmond - Richmond Sportsman Association Reginald Read - (207) 446-4271 or reginald.j.read@maine.gov June 19, 6pm-9pm & June 29, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Washington Baileyville - Moosehorn NWR Len Hanson - (207) 454-8733 or Hunterssafety4ME@gmail.com June 20, 6pm-9pm; June 29, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Washington Alexander - Alexander Grange #304 Len Hanson - (207) 454-8733 or Hunterssafety4ME@gmail.com August 03, 9am-3pm; August 11, 9am-12pm

This is a homestudy course. This is a Combo Firearms/Archery 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.

Androscoggin Poland - Top Gun of Maine Tonya Fons (207) 576-1251 or tfons@envprojects.com for questions/information.
Register online
July 07, 8am-4pm

This is an online 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.

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Mike Foster (207) 446-4122 for questions/information.
Register online
July 15 & 17, 5:45pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Lee - House in the Woods Lodge Frank Roy - (207) 461-1185 or fdroy1967@gmail.com July 20, 8am-4:30pm

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 & Augusta 24, 8am-12pm

This is an online course. Combination Firearms/Archery Course

Aroostook Presque Isle - Presque Isle Fish & Game Dick Fortier - (207) 496-1221 or bearfortier@gmail.com June 30, 8am-4pm

This is an online 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 West Newfield - Northern York County Fish & Game Shane Lamontagne - (207) 247-3053 or sllx2@securespeed.us August 17, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.