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
Lisbon Falls - Marion T. Morse Rec Center

This class is full.
Harry Grinder
(207) 353-8328 or 212-8267

Pre-registration is required.

This class is full.
October 17, 2014
5:45 - 9 p.m.
and
October 24 and 31, 2014
and
November 7 and 14, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.

This class is full.
Aroostook County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Presque Isle - High School SAD 1 Adult Ed
(207) 764-4776
October 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Cumberland County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Gorham - Middle School

This class is full.
Gorham Adult Ed
(207) 222-1095

This class is full.
October 27-30, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.

This class is full.
Scarborough - Fish and Game Association Clubhouse

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

This class is full.
November 1 & 2, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.

This class is full.
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
October 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
November 6 & 7, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Hancock County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Brooksville - School House

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Yvonne
(207) 326-4259 or 326-8500
October 18 & 19, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Castine - Maine Maritime Academy

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Miki Roi
(207) 326-4311
October 20, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 25, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.

Ellsworth - Elks Lodge #2743

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

FULL

Alfred Moore
(207) 546-7327

FULL

October 22, 2014
5 - 8 p.m. and
October 26, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.

FULL

Kennebec County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Winslow - Fire Department Don Perrine
(207) 238-0279
October 23 & 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 25, 2014
8 - 4:30 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
Jefferson - Elementary School

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

This class is full.
Central Lincoln County Adult Ed
(207) 563-2811
or register online.

This class is full.
October 20, 27, & 28, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.

This class is full.
Oxford 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.
Penobscot County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Newport - Nokomis High School

This class is full.
Adult Ed
(207) 368-3290

This class is full.
October 18, & 19, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.

This class is full.
Hermon - Elementary School Cafeteria

This class is full.
Hermon Park and Rec
(207) 848-4075
or prefer email registration.

This class is full.
October 20 - 23,2014
6 - 9 p.m.

This class is full.
Corinna - Finns & Antlers Guide Service

This class is full.
Fritz Todenhagen
(207) 278-2237

This class is full.
October 21, 22, & 23, 2014
5 - 9 p.m.

This class is full.
Orono - High School

This class is full.
Adult Ed
(207) 866-4119

This class is full.
October 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.

This class is full.
Piscataquis County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Dover Foxcroft - YMCA

This class is full.
YMCA
(207) 564-7111

This class is full.
October 25 & 26, 2014
9 - 3:30 p.m.

This class is full.
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
Harmony - Elementary School Harold Currier
(207) 277-3115
October 20, 21, 23 & 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Skowhegan - Sportsman's Clubhouse

This class is full.
Russ Corson
(207) 474-5361

This class is full.
October 20 & 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 25, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.

This class is full.
Madison - Lakewood Golf Course Maurice Robbins
(207) 431-1799
October 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 25, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Waldo County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Searsport - Middle School Adult Ed
(207) 338-3197
October 20, 21, 22, & 23, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Washington County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Trescott - Cobscook Community Learning Center

This class is full.
Valerie Lawson
(207) 733-2233

This class is full.
October 18 - 19, 2014
9 - 5 p.m.

This class is full.
East Machias - Washington Academy

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Malcolm Holmes
(207) 951-2850
October 20, 2014
5 - 8 p.m.
and
October 26, 2014
9 - 5 p.m.
Columbia - Pleasant River Fish & Game

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Larry Balchen
(207) 497-5621
November 4, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
November 9, 2014
8:30 - 4:30 p.m.
York County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Alfred - Town Hall

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

This class is full.
Glenn Dochtermann
(207) 324-3018

This class is full.
October 17, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 25, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.

This class is full.