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.


This class is full.

RSU #16 Adult Ed
(207) 345-3217


This class is full.
March 17, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
March 28, 2015
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 Adult Ed
(207) 225-1010
or register online.
April 14, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
and
April 25, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Aroostook County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Fort Kent - High School

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Adult Ed
(207) 834-3536
March 4, 5, & 25, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
Presque Isle - Fish & Game Club

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Dick Fortier
(207) 496-1221
April 1, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
April 11, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Cumberland County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Gray - GNG High 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 email
or online.

This class is full.
March 10, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
March 21, 2015
8:30 - 5 p.m.

This class is full.
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
March 18, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
and
April 4, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
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
Ellsworth - Hancock County Sheriff's Office
Tim Cote
(207) 460-4285
February 24 & 26
and
March 3 & 5, 2015
5 - 8 p.m.
Bucksport - Bucks Mills Rod & Gun Club

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Ed Davis
(207) 469-7918
March 13, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
March 22, 2015
9 - 4 p.m.
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.

This class is full.
Wendy Shoppe
(207) 377-2265 or
register online.

This class is full.
March 5, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
March 14, 2015
9 - 5 p.m.

This class is full.
Winslow - Fire Dept Don Perrine
(207) 238-0279
March 17 & 19, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
March 21, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Monmouth - Fish & Game Club

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.
March 27, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
April 11, 2015
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Oakland - Messalonskee High School

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Joyce Anderson
(207) 465-9134
April 9, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
April 19, 2015
9 - 5 p.m.
Winslow - Fire Dept Don Perrine
(207) 238-0279
September 1 & 3, 2015
6-9 p.m.
and
September 5, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Winslow - Fire Dept Don Perrine
(207) 238-0279
September 30, and October 1, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 3, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Winslow - Fire Dept Don Perrine
(207) 238-0279
October 6 & 8, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 10, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Winslow - Fire Dept Don Perrine
(207) 238-0279
October 27 & 29, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 31, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Knox County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Rockland - City Hall Rockland PD
(207) 594-0316
April 11 & 12, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Hope - Beaver Lodge 5 Towns Adult Ed
(207) 236-7800 ext 274 or register online.
April 27, and May 11 & 12, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
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.
Central Lincoln County Adult Ed
(207) 563-2811 or
register online.
March 5, 12, 19, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
Waldoboro - American Legion Hall Post 149

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.
March 9, 16, & 23, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
Boothbay - 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
April 16, 28, & 30, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
Oxford County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Hiram - Sacopee Valley Middle School

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Barry Hadlock
(207) 625-4347
March 1, 2015
1 - 4:30 p.m.
and
March 15, 2015
8:30 - 4:30 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
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.
Fryeburg - Molly Ockett Middle School

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Crooked River Adult Ed
(207) 627-4292
April 1, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
April 11, 2015
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Penobscot County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Stacyville - Katahdin High School

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Katahdin High School
(207) 365-4284
February 25, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
March 1, 2015
8 - 3 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
Bath - Donald Small School

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Bath Rec. Dept.
(207) 443-8360
February 26, 2015
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
and
March 14, 2015
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Topsham - Merrymeeting/Mt Ararat

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Merrymeeting Adult Ed
(207) 729-7323 or
register online.
March 3, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
March 15, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
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
March 17, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
March 28, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Phippsburg - Sportsmen's Association

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
RSUI Adult Ed
(207) 443-8255 or
register online.
April 14, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
April 26, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Somerset County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Skowhegan - Sportsman's Clubhouse Russ Corson
(207) 474-5361
June 1 & 3, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
June 6, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Skowhegan - Sportsman's Clubhouse


This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Russ Corson
(207) 474-5361
July 8, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
July 18, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Fairfield - VFW Don Perrine
(207) 238-0279
August 4 & 6, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
August 8, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Fairfield - VFW Don Perrine
(207) 238-0279
September 22 & 24, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 26, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Waldo County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
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.
April 1, 8, & 15, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
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.
April 16, and May 13 & 14, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
Washington County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Trescott Twp - Cobscook Community Learning Center Valerie Lawson
(207) 7333-2233
April 18 & 19, 2015
9 - 5 p.m.
York County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Lyman - York County Fish and Game

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Brian Pelletier
(207) 632-5218
March 13, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
March 21, 2015
8 - 5 p.m.
Alfred - Town Hall

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

All to register only 2 weeks before class begins and please speak slowly.
March 13, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
March 21, 2015
8 - 5 p.m.
North Waterboro - Lakeside Community Church, Rt. 5

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Chris Dudley
(207) 432-7118
March 25, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
April 4, 2015
8 - 5 p.m.
South Berwick - Rod and Gun Clubhouse

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Mike Anderson
(207) 748-3290
April 14, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
April 26, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Wells - High School & North Berwick Rod and Gun Clubhouse

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Wells Adult Ed
(207) 646-4565
April 16, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
and
May 2, 2015
8 - 5 p.m.
Lyman - York County Fish and Game

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Brian Pelletier
(207) 632-5218
May 8, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
May 16, 2015
8 - 5 p.m.
Kittery - Trading Post Store, Route 1

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Kittery Trading Post
(207) 439-2700
July 16, 2015
5 - 8 p.m.
and
July 26, 2015
10 - 6 p.m.
Lyman - York County Fish and Game

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Brian Pelletier
(207) 632-5218
September 11, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 19, 2015
8 - 5 p.m.
Alfred - Town Hall

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


All to register only 2 weeks before class begins and please speak slowly.
September 11, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 19, 2015
8 - 5 p.m.
York - York Fish & Game, Rt. 1 Tim Carle
(207) 698-4805
September 12 & 13, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
South Berwick - Rod and Gun Clubhouse

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Mike Anderson
(207) 748-3290
September 15, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 27, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Wells - Messiah Christian Church, Rt. 1

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


Werner Gilliam
(207) 408-1454
October 1, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 10, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Sanford - Sanford/Springvale Fish and Game Clubhouse

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Register at Club on October 5,from 5:30 - 6 p.m.
October 5, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 18, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
Sanford - Sanford/Springvale Fish and Game Clubhouse

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Register at Club on October 5,from 5:30 - 6 p.m.
October 6, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 17, 2015
8 - 4 p.m.
North Waterboro - Lakeside Community Church, Rt. 5

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Chris Dudley
(207) 432-7118
October 14, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 24, 2015
8 - 5 p.m.
Lyman - York County Fish and Game

This is a Homestudy Course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Brian Pelletier
(207) 632-5218
October 16, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 24, 2015
8 - 5 p.m.