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.

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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 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.

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.

Aroostook Fort Kent - Fort Kent High School Don Lebel (207) 834-3536 October 16, 17, & 23, 2018 6-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Waldo Searsport - Searsport High School Patty Edgecomb (207) 338-3197 or pedgecomb@rsu71.com October 15, 24 & 25, 2018 6-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Gardiner - Gardiner High School Mike Foster (207) 446-4122 for questions/information.
Register online
October 16, 23 & 25, 2018 5:45-9:00pm

This is a homestudy course.

This class is full.

Lincoln Boothbay - Boothbay Region High School Pam Moody (207) 633-3224 or pmoody@aos98schools.org or http://www.boothbayae.org/ October 18 & 25, 2018 5:30-9pm

This is an online course.

Aroostook Presque Isle - Presque Isle High School Amanda Conroy (207) 764-4776 or conroya@sad1.org October 29 & 30, 2018 6-9pm and November 5 & 6, 2018 6-9pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Online students with certificate of completion may attend the last 2 classes for skills and exam but must pre-register.

Franklin Farmington - Cascade Brook School Liza (207) 778-3460 October 16, 23 & 24, 2018 6-9pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Holden - Maine Military Supply Gun Counter (207) 989-6783 October 28, 2018 9am-5pm

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 4, 2018 8am-5pm

This is an online course.

This class is full.

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Mike Foster (207) 446-4122 for questions/information.
Register online
October 30, and November 1, 2018 5:45-9:00pm

This is an online course.

This class is full.

Franklin Kingfield - Webster Hall Kingfield Town Office (207) 265-4637 October 26, 2018 6-9pm and November 8 & 9, 2018 6-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Castine - Maine Maritime Academy Erin (207) 326-2479 October 23, 2018 6-9pm and October 28, 2018 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Aroostook Houlton - Houlton High School SAD 29 Adult Ed (207) 521-3100 October 24, 29, & 30, 2018 5:30-8:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Mike Foster (207) 446-4122 for questions/information.
Register online
November 11, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Newport - Nokomis High School Adult Ed (207) 368-3290 November 7, 8 & 9, 2018 5-9pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Piscataquis Greenville - Greenville High School Adult Ed (207) 695-2666 November 4, 2018 8:30am-4:00pm

This is an online course.