Firearms Hunter Safety Courses

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's Hunter Education Course is more than a "gun safety" class. The basic mandatory course consists of classroom instruction. Each course is taught by a trained, certified volunteer instructor according to statewide standards. The course covers the following topics:

Total Course = 12 Hours

  • Proper Handling = 2 Hours
  • Rifle and Shotgun = 2 Hours (1 hour each)
  • Survival/First Aid = 2 Hours
  • Hunter Responsibility = 2 Hours
  • Map and Compass = 2 Hours
  • Landowner Relations = 1 Hour
  • Time as Needed in Course = 1 Hour

Students are provided with a course handbook, outdoor survival information, and additional handouts. Courses involve lectures and demonstrations by instructors, homework, field experiences and a final written exam. The minimum course length is 12 hours, although many will average more. You must attend every day of the class in order to receive your certificate.

New courses will be posted below as they become available.

Click here to find a place 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.

Androscoggin County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Poland - Ricker Memorial Library

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
RSU 16
(207) 345-3217
September 3, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 14, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Livermore Falls - RSU 73 Adult Ed Office

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Adult Ed
(207) 897-6384
September 9, 23, & 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Auburn - Androscoggin County Fish & Game Clubhouse

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.

This class is full.
Jack Kivus
(207) 333-0892

This class is full.
September 9, 2014
6 - 9 p.m. and
September 27, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.

This class is full.
Turner - Leavitt Area High School

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.

MSAD #52
(207) 225-1000
or register online.
September 16, 2014
6 - 8 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Lisbon Falls - Marion T. Morse Rec Center Harry Grinder
(207) 353-8328 or 212-8267

Pre-registration is required.
October 17, 2014
5:45 - 9 p.m.
and
October 24 and 31, 2014
and
November 7 and 14, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Aroostook County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Presque Isle - Fish and Game Club

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Dick Fortier
(207) 496-1221
August 27, 2014
6 - 9 p.m. and
September 13, 2014
8 - 3 p.m.
Fort Fairfield - Clubhouse Pond

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Garrett Martin
(207) 356-7781
or register online.

September 2, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 13, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Danforth - High School

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Leta
(207) 448-2321
September 4, 2014
5:30 - 8 p.m.
and
September 13, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Houlton - High School

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Adult Ed Office
(207) 521-3100
September 10, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
and
September 20, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Island Falls - Fish & Game Club House

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Peter Blood
(207) 538-0330
September 14, 21, & 28, 2014
12 - 3 p.m.
Cumberland County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Casco - Recreational Center

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Casco Rec - Beth
(207) 627-4187
August 27, 2014
6 - 9 p.m. and
September 6, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Scarborough - Fish & game Clubhouse

This class is full.
Doug Molloy
(207) 247-5458

This class is full.
August 30 & 31, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.

This class is full.
Freeport - LL Bean Casco Street Conference Room

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.

This class is full.
LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School
1-888-552-3261
or register online.

This class is full.
September 3, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 13, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.

This class is full.
Gray - GNG Hogh School

Library
This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.

This class is full.
Stephanie Haskins
(207) 657-9612 or register by fax at: (207) 657-7276 or email:shaskins@sad15.org or website: http://www.gray.maineadulted.org

This class is full.
September 3, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 13, 2014
8:30 - 5 p.m.

This class is full.
Brunswick - Harriet Beech Stowe School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Brunswick Rec Department
(207) 725-6656

September 4, 18, and 25, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Windham - Library Windham Town Clerk
(207) 892-1900
September 6 & 20, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Gorham - Middle School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Gorham Adult Ed
(207) 222-1095
September 11, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and
September 27, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Standish - Town Hall

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Ken Fish
(207) 274-9363
September 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 28, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Harrison - Western Maine Fish & Game Clubhouse Arlin Bigelow
(207) 583-4535
September 20 & 21, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Portland - VFW VFW
(207) 773-8745
October 4 & 5, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Gorham - Middle School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Gorham Adult Ed
(207) 222-1095
October 27-30, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Franklin County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Kingfield - Webster Hall

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Town Office
(207) 265-4637
August 21, and September 15 & 18, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Hancock County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Stonington - Island Community Center

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Pat Gross
(207) 367-2735
September 19, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Blue Hill - Public Library

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.

This class is full.
Karen Wyatt
(207) 374-2336

This class is full.
September 29, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 4, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.

This class is full.
Kennebec County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Monmouth - Fish and Game Club, Rt. 202

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Mark Merrifield
(207) 458-0970
or register by email or online.
September 5, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 21, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Sidney - Arnold Trail Clubhouse

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Jim McMullen
(207) 465-3458
September 10,2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Winslow - Fire Department Don Perrine
(207) 238-0279
September 16 and 18, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 20, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Winslow - Fire Department Don Perrine
(207) 238-0279
October 14 and 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 18, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Knox County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Tenants Harbor - American Legion

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Hildane Polky
(207) 596-3141
August 25, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 7, 2014
8:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Hope - Beaver Lodge

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
5 Towns Adult Ed
(207) 236-7800, ext. 274
or register online.
September 9, 23 and 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Rockland - City Hall Rockland Police Dept
(207) 594-0316
September 27 and 28, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Hope - Beaver Lodge

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
5 Towns Adult Ed
(207) 236-7800, ext. 274
or register online.
October 7, 21 and 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Friendship - Hahn Center

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Vic MacCallum
(207) 975-4447
or prefer email registration - include name, age, and phone number.

Registration begins September 22, 2014
October 14, 28 and 29, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Lincoln County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Damariscotta - YMCA

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.    
Damariscotta YMCA
(207) 563-3477
September 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 28, 2014
9 - 4:30 p.m.
Boothbay - Region High School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Boothbay Adult Ed
(207) 633-3224
September 30 & October 2 & 9, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Waldoboro - Medomak High School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
MSAD#40 Adult Ed
207 832-5205
or register online.

Registration starts on August 28th.
October 6, 15, & 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Jefferson - Elementary School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Central Lincoln County Adult Ed
(207) 563-2811
or register online.
October 20, 27, & 28, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Oxford County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Bethel - Telstar High School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Celia Broomhall
(207) 836-2074
September 2, 4, 9, & 11, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Dixfield - American Legion Post 100

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Justina Hatch
(207) 320-1622
September 4, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 21, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Dixfield - Webb River Valley Sportsman Club Mark Arsenault
(207) 364-8504
September 6, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
and
September 7, 2014
8 - 12 p.m.
Fryeburg - Mollyhockett Middle School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Crooked River Adult Ed
(207) 627-4193
September 10, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 20, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Penobscot County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Howland - American Legion Hall Clint Gaskill
(207) 290-7144
August 23 & 24, 2014
9 - 3:30 p.m.
Lincoln - Northern Penobscot Tech Region III David Woodbury
(207) 794-0268
August 25 - 28, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Howland - Penobscot Valley High School SAD 31 Adult Ed
(207) 732-8361
September 8 - 11, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Corinna - Finns & Antlers guide Service Fritz Todenhagen
(207) 278-2237
September 9 - 11, 2014
5 - 9 p.m.
Old Town - High School Library Adult Ed
(207) 827-3906
September 22, 23, 24, & 25, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Brewer - Penobscot County Conservation Association

This class is full.
Tony Richard
(207) 827-3440

This class is full.
September 27, 2014
7 - 3:30 p.m. and
September 28, 2014
8 - 3:30 p.m.

This class is full.
Hampden - Reed Brook School Adult Ed
(207) 862-6422
September 29 - October 2, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Medway - Middle School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Buddy McLaughlin
(207) 731-8056 or
Sandra Deschaine
(207) 731-7841
October 10, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 19, 2014
8 - 3:30 p.m.
Newport - Nokomis High School Adult Ed
(207) 368-3290
October 18, & 19, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Orono - High School Adult Ed
(207) 866-4119
October 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Piscataquis County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Guilford - PCHS
Harold Currier
(207) 277-3115
September 15 - 18, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Dover Foxcroft - YMCA YMCA
(207) 564-7111
September 27 & 28, 2014
9 - 3:30 p.m.
Dover Foxcroft - YMCA YMCA
(207) 564-7111
October 25 & 26, 2014
9 - 3:30 p.m.
Sagadahoc County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Richmond - High School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Richmond Adult Ed
(207) 737-4348
September 8, 2014
6 - 9 p.m. and
September 20, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Phippsburg - Sportsmen's Association

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
RSU I Adult Ed
(207) 443-8255
or register online.
October 7, 2014
6 - 9 p0.m. and
October 19, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Topsham - Merrymeeting Adult Ed

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Merrymeeting Adult Ed
(207) 729-7323
October 14, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 26, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Somerset County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Madison - Gun Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Roger Sabourin
(207) 509-6735
August 20, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
August 30, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Fairfield - Jr. High School Don Perine
(207) 238-0279
August 25 - 28, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Pittsfield - Vickery School SAD 52 Adult Ed - Carol or Lauri
(207) 487-5145
October 6 - 9, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Harmony - Elementary School Harold Currier
(207) 277-3115
October 20, 21, 23 and 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Skowhegan - Sportsman's Clubhouse Russ Corson
(207) 474-5361
October 20 and 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 25, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Waldo County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Morrill - Crossroads to Calvery - 1106 Augusta Road

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.

This class is full.
Pastor Warren Heath
(207) 342-4044

This class is full.
September 8, 15, & 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.

This class is full.
Palermo - Sheepscot Lake Fish & Game

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
RSU#3 Adult Ed
(207) 568-3426
or register online.
September 10, 2014 and
October 1 & 2, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Belfast - High School Adult Ed
(207) 338-3197
September 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and October 1, 2014
6 - 8 p.m.
Northport - Outdoor Sportsman

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Outdoor Sportsman
(207) 338-4141
September 27, 2014
9 - 1 p.m.
and
October 11, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Brooks - Morse Elementary School This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
RSU#3 Adult Ed
(207) 568-3426
or register online.
October 7, 14, & 21, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Searsport - Middle School Adult Ed
(207) 338-3197
October 20, 21, 22, & 23, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Washington County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Calais - Washington County Community College
Len Hanson
(207) 454-8733
August 23 & 24, 2014
9 - 4:30 p.m.
Baileyville - Town Municipal Building Michael Boies
(207) 427-6205 or 214-8784
September 4, 2014
6 - 8 p.m.
and
September 14, 2014
8:30 - 4:30 p.m.
York County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
York - Fish and Game Club, Route 1

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Tim Carle
(207) 698-4805
September 6 and 7, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Kittery - So ME Fish & Game Club on Martin Rd John McCollett
(207) 451-7118
September 8, 15, & 18, 2014
5 - 9 p.m.
Alfred - Town Hall

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Glenn Dochtermann
(207) 324-3018

Register only 2 weeks prior to course.
September 12, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Wells/North Berwick - High School/Rod & Gun

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Steve Rand
(207) 646-3472
September 16, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
and
October 4, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
South Berwick - Rod and Gun Club, Route 236

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Mike Anderson
(207) 748-3290
September 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 28, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Saco - Maine Tatical Business, 27 Industrial Park Road

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Mark Joyce
(207) 730 7230
September 17, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Lyman - York County Fish & Game Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Brian Pelletier
(207) 632-5218
September 19, 2014
6 - 9 p.m. and
September 27, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Wells - Messiah Christian Church, Route 1

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Werner Gilliam
(207) 408-1454
October 2, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 11, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Sanford - Sanford/Springvale Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
No Pre-Registration
October 6, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 19, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Sanford - Sanford/Springvale Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
No Pre-Registration
October 7, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 18, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Lyman - York County Fish & Game Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Brian Pelletier
(207) 632-5218
October 10, 2014
6 - 9 p.m. and
October 18, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Biddeford - New Life Christian Church, Route 111 Bob Walsh
(207) 752-1509
October 21 and 23, 2014
6 - 8 p.m.
and
October 25, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.