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.

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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.

Androscoggin County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Aroostook County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Caribou - Adult Ed

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Caribou Adult Ed
(207) 473-4272
February 3, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
February 18, 2015
8 - 5 p.m.
Cumberland County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Franklin County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Hancock County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Kennebec County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Winthrop - Middle School

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Wendy Shoppe
(207) 377-2265
or register online.
March 5, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
March 14, 2015
9 - 5 p.m.
Knox County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Lincoln County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Oxford County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Dixfield - American Legion

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Justina Hatch
(207) 320-1622
March 24, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
April 4, 2015
8 - 5 p.m.
Dixfield - American Legion

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Justina Hatch
(207) 320-1622
August 11, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
August 22, 2015
8 - 5 p.m.
Penobscot County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Corinna - Finns and Antlers Guide Service
Fritz Todenhagen
(207) 278-2237
January 13 - 15, 2015
5 - 9 p.m.
Piscataquis County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Sagadahoc County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Somerset County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Skowhegan - Community Center
Russ Corson
(207) 474-5361
January 5 & 7, 2015
6 - 8:30 p.m.
and
January 10, 2015
8 - 3:30 p.m.
Waldo County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
Washington County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.
York County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
No classes available at this time.
Cannot find a course for your area?
Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area
or the Recreational Safety Division Office at (207) 287-5220.