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
Franklin Jay - Spruce Mountain High School Adult Ed Office (207) 897-6406 April 11, 23, & 24; 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Oakland - Messalonskee High School Joyce Anderson (Info Only) (207) 873-5754 --
Register online
March 11; 5:45pm-9pm; March 31, 2019; 8:30am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Winthrop - Winthrop Middle School Mike Foster - Info Only (207)446-4122
Register online
April 1, 9, & 11, 2019; 5:45pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Augusta - SAM Headquarters Mike Foster (Info Only) (207) 446-4122 --
Register online
April 16 & 18, 2019; 5:45pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec Gardiner - Gardiner High School Mike Foster (Info Only) (207) 446-4122 --
Register online
April 23 & 25, 2019; 5:45pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec Augusta - SAM Headquarters Mike Foster (Info Only) (207) 446-4122 --
Register online
May 5, 2019; 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Windham - Windham Raymond Adult Ed Stacia Dugas (207) 892-1819 or sdugas@rsu14.org or windham.maineadulted.org March 30; 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Androscoggin Lewiston - Central Maine Powersports Michael Reagan (207) 795-4141; mreagan@lewistonpublicschools.org; or www.lewistonadulted.org April 27; 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Androscoggin Mechanic Falls - Adult Ed Learning Center Jeri Cook INFO ONLY (207)345-3217 -
Register online
March 23; 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Holden - Maine Military Supply Anyone - (207)989-6783 April 14; 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Sagadahoc Topsham - Merrymeeting Adult Ed Carolee Tupper - (207)729-7323 or www.merrymeeting.org March 10; 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

York Wells/N. Berwick - Wells High School/N. Berwick Rod & Gun Wells Adult Ed - (207)646-4565 April 11; 6:30pm-8:30pm (Wells); May 11; 8am-4:30pm (N. Berwick)

This is a homestudy course.

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.

Kennebec Waterville - Waterville Elks Club Vincent Vaughan - 313-3512 or dcnewsman@gmail.com May 7, 5:45pm-9pm; May 19, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Lincoln Boothbay - Boothbay Region High School Pam Moody - (207)633-3224 or pmoody@aos98schools.org or www.boothbayae.maineadulted.org March 19 & 26, 5:30pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Somerset North Anson - Carrabec High School Craig Gerry - Info Only (207)446-4249 or Craig.I.Gerry@maine.gov
Register online
April 2, 9 & 10; 5:30pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Hollis - Buxton-Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage - (207)329-7096
Register online
April 13, 8am-5pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Gray - GNG High School Library Stephanie Haskins - Info Only: (207) 657-9612, shaskins@sad15.org
Register online
March, 23 8:30am-3:30pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Harrison - Western Maine Fish & Game Adam Frye - (207)595-3947 April 13, 7:30am-4pm; April 14, 8am-4pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Oxford Mexico - Region 9 Learning Center Nancy Allen - (207) 364-2012 or nancyallen@region9school.org April 2, 9, & 10; 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Alfred - Alfred Town Hall Paul Main - Info Only: (207) 324-8053
To register email alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com
March 20, 6pm-9pm; March 31, 1pm-8pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Alfred - Alfred Town Hall Paul Main - Info Only: (207) 324-8053
To register email alfredhuntingclass@gmail.com
May 8, 6pm-9pm; May 18 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

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

This is a standard classroom course.

Cumberland Gorham - Gorham Middle School Gorham Adult Ed (207) 222-1095
Register online
April 30, 6:30pm-8:30pm & May 11, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Franklin Farmington - Cascade Brook School Liza (207) 778-3460 April 8, 30, & May 1; 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Franklin Kingfield - Webster Hall Town Office (207) 265-4637 April 18, 25, & 26; 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Kittery - Kittery Trading Post KTP Customer Service - 888-587-6246, seminars@ktp.com, or
Register online
April 3, 5pm-9pm; April 13, 9:30am-3:30pm

This is a homestudy 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 Madison - Madison Gun Club Roger Sabourin - (207) 509-6735 April 27, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Falmouth - Falmouth Fish & Game Stephen Barr - (207) 446-4173 or Stephen.L.Barr@maine.gov March 13, 6pm-9pm & March 23, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.