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
York Hollis - Buxton Hollis Rod & Gun Club Shawn Sage (207) 329-7096 for questions/information.
Register online
October 13, 2018 8am to 5pm

This is a online course.

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.

York Sanford - Sanford/Springvale Fish & Game Clubhouse Art Lamontagne (207) 252-3663 for questions/information. October 1, 2018 6-9pm and October 14, 2018 8am-3pm

This is a homestudy course.

Lincoln Waldoboro - American Legion Post 149 Reginald Read (207) 446-4271 for questions/information.
Register online
September 13, 20, & 27, 2018 6-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Cumberland Gorham - Gorham Middle School Gorham Adult Ed (207) 222-1095 October 2, 2018 6:30-8:30pm and October 20, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Lincoln Jefferson - Jefferson Village School Bonnie Merrill (207) 563-2811 or bmerrill@aos93.org October 4 & 11, 2018 5:30-9:00pm

This is an online course.

Sagadahoc Topsham - Merrymeeting Adult Ed Carolee Tupper (207) 729-7323 or tupperc@link75.org October 14, 2018 8:00am-4:30pm

This is an online 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.

Somerset Madison - Daystar Chapel Russell Corson (207) 474-5361 August 13, 2018 6-9pm and August 25, 2018 8:00am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Androscoggin Lewiston - Central Maine Power Sports Michael Reagan (207) 795-4141 or mreagan@lewistonpublicschools.org
Register online
October 13, 2018 9am-4pm

This is an online course.

This class is full.

Sagadahoc Phippsburg - Phippsburg Sportsmen's Association Jennifer Breau (207) 443-8255 or jbreau@rsu1.org
Register online
September 19, 2018 6-9pm and September 30, 2018 8:30am-4:00pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Sullivan - Sumner High School Kelly (207) 422-4794 September 21, 2018 6-9pm and September 29, 2018 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Wells/North Berwick - Wells High School/NBRGC Wells Adult Education (207) 646-4565 September 20, 2018 6:30-8:30pm and October 6, 2018 8am-5pm

This is a homestudy course.

Androscoggin Auburn - ACF&GA Clubhouse Roland Rancourt Jr. (207) 212-0757
Register online
September 29, 2018 7:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

This class is full.

Cumberland Windham - Windham Indoor Shooting Range Stacia Dugas (207) 892-1819 for questions/information.
Register online
September 9, 2018 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Waldo Unity - Unity College RSU 3 Adult Ed (207) 568-3426 October 14, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

This class is full.

Cumberland Steep Falls - Steep Falls Fire Station Beth Brown sfgsafetyclass@gmail.com September 29, 2018 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Windham - Windham Indoor Shooting Range William Keith (207) 892-0274 or bkeith@windhamindoorshootingrange.com or www.windhamindoorshootingrange.com October 14, 2018 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Oxford Mexico - Region 9 School Adult Ed (207) 364-2012 September 18, 2018 6-9pm and October 2 & 3, 2018 6-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Washington Princeton - Princeton Rod & Gun Tina Crowe (207) 214-5793 or Ruth Curtis (207) 796-0821 September 20, 2018 6-9pm and September 30, 2018 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Androscoggin Auburn - ACF&GA Clubhouse Roland Rancourt Jr. (207) 212-0757 for questions/information.
Register online
October 20, 2018 7:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Lincoln Damariscotta - CLC YMCA CLC YMCA (207) 563-9622 September 30, 2018 9am-4pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Holden - Maine Military Supply Becky Vignaly (207) 989-6783 September 29, 2018 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Holden - Maine Military Supply Becky Vignaly (207) 989-6783 September 30, 2018 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Franklin Wilton - Wilton Fish & Game Charles Tappan (207) 645-4867 September 25 & 27, 2018 5:30-9:00pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Brewer - PCCA Clubhouse Tony Richard (207) 827-3440 October 13, 2018 7:00am-3:30pm and October 14, 2018 8:00am-3:30pm

This is a standard classroom course.

Piscataquis Dover-Foxcroft - YMCA Chris Wesley (207) 564-7111 October 7, 2018 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Waldo Belfast - Belfast High School Patty Edgecomb (207) 338-3197 or pedgecomb@rsu71.com September 17, 26 & 27, 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.

Androscoggin Mechanic Falls - Adult Ed Learning Center Jeri Cook (207) 345-3217 or https://mechanicfalls.coursestorm.com/ October 20, 2018 9am-4pm

This is an online course.

This class is full.

Aroostook Ashland - Ashland High School Anna Belanger (207) 435-3481 September 18, 2018 6-9pm and September 29, 2018 8am-4pm

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.

Oxford Bethel - Telstar High School SAD 44 Adult Ed (207) 824-2136 ext.5 September 28, 2018 6-9pm and October 7, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm

This is a homestudy course.

Aroostook Presque Isle - Presque Isle Fish & Game Club Dick Fortier (207) 496-1221 September 19, 2018 6-9pm and September 29, 2018 8am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

York Kittery - Southern Maine Fish & Game John McCollett (207) 451-7118 September 19, 2018 5-9pm and September 29, 2018 8am-3pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Ellsworth - Ellsworth VFW Marilyn (207) 664-7110 October 9, 2018 6-9pm and October 13, 2018 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock Blue Hill - Blue Hill Library Hannah Cyrus (207) 374-5515 October 10, 2018 6-9pm and October 21, 2018 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Kennebec Waterville - Waterville Elks Club Mike Foster (207) 446-4122 for questions/information.
Register online
October 21, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

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.

Waldo Northport - Outdoor Sportsman Michelle Kosmo Blood (207) 338-4141 October 13, 2018 9am-5pm

This is an online course.

Cumberland Scarborough - SF&G Clubhouse Mike Richard (207) 233-8050 or Mike.Richard0@gmail.com October 21, 2018 8am-4pm

This is an online course.

Franklin Jay - Spruce Mountain High School Stuart Wyman (207) 897-6406 October 10, 2018 6-9pm and October 17 & 18, 2018 6-9pm

This is a homestudy course.

Penobscot Corinth - Central School No Registration Information October 11 & 12, 2018 5-9pm

This is an online course.

This class is full.

Penobscot Orono - Orono High School Orono Adult Ed (207) 866-4119 October 14, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Old Town - Old Town High School Old Town Adult Ed (207) 866-4119 October 21, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm

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.

Hancock Tremont - Tremont Town Office Jeff (207) 479-6270 October 15, 2018 6-9pm and October 21, 2018 9am-4pm

This is a homestudy course.

Hancock East Orland - Craig Pond Hatchery Anna (207) 902-1567 October 20, 2018 9am-4pm

This is an online course.

Penobscot Stacyville - Katahdin High School Katahdin High School (207) 365-4284 September 26, 2018 6-9pm & September 30, 2018 8am-6pm

This is a standard classroom course.