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 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.

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

Course is Full

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.

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
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.

Penobscot Lincoln - Northern Penobscot Tech Region 3 Peggy Murray - (207) 794-3004 or pmurray@npt.lin.k12.me.us April 26, 6pm-9pm & May 04, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Brunswick - American Legion Post 20 Scott Higgins (207) 577-5998 for questions/information.
To register email Scottdhiggins1@gmail.com
April 28, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsmans Alliance of Maine Mike Foster - (207) 446-4122 for questions/information
Register online
June 23, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course. WOMAN"S COURSE ONLY

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan Sportsman Club Russell Corson - (207) 474-5361 June 05, 6pm-9pm & June 15, 8am-4:30pm

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.

Waldo Palermo - Sheepscot Lake Fish & Game Rodny Glidden - (207) 485-0190 or sheepscotsafetyclasses@yahoo.com April 16, 6pm-9pm; April 23 6pm-9pm; & April 24, 6pm-9pm

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.

York South Berwick - South Berwick Rod & Gun Michael Kennedy - (207) 323-9004 May 01, 6pm-9pm & May 11, 8:30am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Bucksport - Bucksmill Rod & Gun Club Chris Grant - (207) 322-4195 April 27, 9am-4pm

This is an online course.

Oxford Bethel - Telstar HS SAD 44 Adult Education - (207) 824-2136 ext. 5 April 26, 6pm-9pm & May 05, 8:30am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Oxford South Paris - Norway/Paris Fish & Game Alan Paradis - (207) 364-6509 or npfg.president@gmail.com April 18, 6pm-9pm & April 28, 8am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy 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.

Kennebec Augusta - SAM Headquarters Mike Foster - Info Only - (207) 446-4122
Register online
May 14, 5:45pm-9pm & May 16, 5:45pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec Augusta - SAM Headquarters Mike Foster - Info Only: (207) 446-4122
Register online
June 11, 5:45pm-9pm & June 13, 5:45pm-9pm

This is an online course.