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
Piscataquis Dover-Foxcroft - Piscataquis YMCA Chris Wesley - (207) 564-7111 October 20, 8:30am-4pm

Course is Full

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 Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
October 16, 6pm-9pm & October 26, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Somerset Skowhegan - Skowhegan High School Vivian Champagne - (207) 474-7553 or adulted@msad54.org October 7-9, 15-16, & 21; 5:45pm-8:30pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Cumberland Windham - Windham Indoor Shooting Range William Keith - (207) 892-0274 or bkeith@windhamindoorshootingrange.com October 20, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Aroostook Fort Kent - Community High School Don Lebel - (207) 834-3536 or donaldlebel@sad27.org October 15, 16, & 22, 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Penobscot Brewer - PCCA Clubhouse Tony Richard - (207) 827-3440 October 19, 7am-3:30pm & October 20, 8am-3:30pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Washington Charlotte - Calais Rod & Gun Bruce Fraser - (508) 314-6177 or bruce@fraser-fps.com October 10, 6pm-9pm & October 19, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Androscoggin Auburn - Androscoggin County Fish & Game Roland Rancourt Jr. - (207) 212-0757 for questions/information.
Register online
October 26, 7:30am-4:00pm

This is an online course.

Kennebec Winthrop - Winthrop Middle School Mike Foster - Info Only: (207) 446-4122 or Michael.J.Foster@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
October 08, 5:45pm-9pm & October 19, 8:30am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Waldo Searsport - Searsport District High School Belfast Adult Ed - (207) 338-3197 October 15, 23, & 24, 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Scarborough - Scarborough Fish & Game Mike Richard (207) 233-8050 for questions/information.
To register email Mike.Richard0@gmail.com
October 26, 7:30am-4pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Scarborough - Scarborough Fish & Game Mike Richard (207) 233-8050 for questions/information.
To register email Mike.Richard0@gmail.com
November 03, 7:30am-4pm

This is an online course.

Hancock Blue Hill - Blue Hill Public Library Blue Hill Library - (207) 374-5515 or instructor@roadrunner.com October 18, 6pm-9pm & October 27, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Lincoln Boothbay - Boothbay Region High School Pam Moody - (207) 633-3224 or pmoody@aos98schools.org October 15 & 22, 5:30pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Holden - Maine Military Supply Sales Associate - (207) 989-6783 October 19, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Holden - Maine Military Supply Sales Associate - (207) 989-6783 October 20, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Aroostook Presque Isle - Presque Isle High School Amanda Dean - (207) 764-4776 or deana@sad1.org November 04, 05, 06, & 07; 6pm-9pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Kennebec Augusta - SAM Headquarters Michael Foster - (207) 446-4122 or Michael.J.Foster@maine.gov for questions/information.
Register online
November 03, 8:30am-3:30pm

This is an online course.

Waldo West Frankfort - West Frankfort Fire Department Jasmine Greenleaf - (207) 441-3270 for questions/information.
Register online
October 26, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Hancock Castine - Maine Maritime Academy Erin - (207) 326-2479 October 21, 6pm-9pm & October 26, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Piscataquis Willimantic - Big Pine Gun Club Charles Shaffer - (207) 446-4132 or Charles.B.Shaffer@maine.gov October 26, 8am-4pm

This is an online course. - Ladies Only Course

Washington Trescott - Cobscook Community Learning Center Daphne Loring - (207) 733-2233 October 17, 6pm-9pm & October 27, 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Bucksport - Bucksmills Rod & Gun Bruce Ashmore - (207) 949-1779 October 14, 6pm-9pm & October 20, 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
November 03, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Franklin Kingfield - Webster Hall Kingfield Town Office - (207) 265-4637 October 25, 31, & November 01; 6pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Penobscot Orono - Orono High School Staff - (207) 866-4119 or Charles.b.shaffer@maine.gov October 28 & 30, 5pm-9pm

This is an online course.

Piscataquis Greenville - Greenville High School Staff - (207) 695-2666 or Charles.b.shaffer@maine.gov November 02, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Somerset Madison - Madison Gun Club Roger Sabourin - (207) 509-6735 or rcsabourin@reagan.com October 26, 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Shin Pond - Libby's Lodge Travis Libby - (207) 446-4293 October 20, 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Aroostook Caribou - Caribou Parks & Rec Caribou Parks & Rec - (207) 493-4224 October 22, 5pm-8pm & October 27, 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Aroostook Houlton - Houlton High School Adult Ed - (207) 521-3100 ext. 5 October 24, 29, & 30; 5:30pm-9pm

This is a homestudy course.