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Becoming a Maine Guide
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Definition: "Guide" means any person who receives any form of remuneration for his services in accompanying or assisting any person in the fields, forests or on the waters or ice within the jurisdiction of the State while hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, snowmobiling or camping at a primitive camping area.
So, you want to become a Maine guide........
Guides shall be licensed in one or more specialized classifications.
A. Specialized classification means that a person has met the qualifications to guide one or more specific types of activities as follows:
Note: Any person operating a motorboat on the State's territorial seas and tributaries for the purpose of guiding hunting and fishing activities must obtain U.S. Coast Guard license authorizing the carriage of passengers for hire.
B. Master certification means that a person has acquired experience in a Specialized classification that exceeds the minimum requirements necessary to be licensed as a guide in that classification.
All regular guides licenses are issued for a three year period.
3 year guide license = $81
New Applicants: (Testing process for new applicants normally takes from 6 months to a year.) All new applicants must be currently certified by the American Red Cross in standard first-aid or completion of any standard first-aid course that meets the criteria established by rule of the commissioner. Complete entire form, front and back.
Each new guide applicant must pay a $100.00 fee in each classification to be examined to become a guide. In the event the applicant fails the test, one re-examination is allowed before another application fee is assessed.
The $100.00 fee is non-refundable and will not be credited toward the license fee. Application, copies of both sides of current First Aid and $100.00 fee must be sent to: Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Guide License Application, 284 State Street, Augusta, ME 04333.
Upon successful completion of your oral exam the Department will send you written notification to contact the Regional Headquarters you indicated on the application for an appointment to take the written test.
Nonresident/Alien: Applicant may take the exam on the morning of the day he/she is scheduled for the appointment before the Board.
In order to hunt or fish, a guide is also required to purchase the proper license in addition to their guide's license.
Note: You will not be sent a study packet of information. Please print the "Resource List" for obtaining study materials.
Renewal Applicant: Read carefully and complete the entire first page of the application, signing where indicated. Submit completed application, and license fee to address on first page. Current first aid is not required to renew a guide license.
A renewal applicant whose guiding authority has been expired for 3 years must apply as a new guide and be reexamined.
A. Except as otherwise provided, applicants who satisfactorily complete the application form and pass the oral examination may then be scheduled to take a written examination in the specific classification they desire.
B. Applicants must pass the map and compass and lost person scenario portions of the oral examination as a prerequisite to taking the written examination for specialized classification in hunting, fishing or recreation.
C. Applicants must pass the navigation and survival scenario portions of the oral examination as a prerequisite to taking the written examination for specialized classification in tidewater fishing.
D. Applicants must pass the navigation and lost sea kayaker portions of the oral examination as a prerequisite to taking the written examination for specialized classification in sea kayaking.
E. Applicants who fail the map and compass or the lost person scenario portion of the oral examination will be immediately notified and the examination will cease. If the applicant passes those two portions the examination will continue and the applicant will be notified of failure of any of the remaining portions of the oral examination at the completion of the examination.
F. Applicants who fail to appear for a scheduled oral examination without notifying the board of examiners in writing or telecommunication 24 hours prior to the scheduled examination will be ineligible for rescheduling for at least one year.
A. Except as otherwise provided, applicants must satisfactorily complete a written examination in each license classification for which he/she applies. A passing score on the written examination is 70% or higher on each section of the examination.
B. Applicants who fail the written examination will be notified in writing within 15 days.
A little history......
For many years, a Maine Guide was not required to submit to any standardized testing. Interested parties simply had to pass muster with the local game warden. If he considered you qualified and fit to guide in the outdoors, presto! You were duly registered as a Maine guide! In 1975, a standardized test and procedure was established for licensing of Maine guides.
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