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
Auburn - Androscoggin County Fish & Game Association

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Jack Kivus
(207) 333-0892
September 30, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 18, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
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
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.
Cumberland County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Harrison - Western Maine Fish & Game Clubhouse Arlin Bigelow
(207) 583-4535
September 20 & 21, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Portland - VFW

This class is full.
VFW
(207) 773-8745

This class is full.
October 4 & 5, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.

This class is full.
Gorham - Middle School
Gorham Adult Ed
(207) 222-1095
October 27-30, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Franklin County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Farmington - Cascade Brook

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Adult Ed
(207) 778-3561
September 30, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 7 & 9, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Wilton - Fish and Game

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Charles Tappan
(207) 645-4867
October 2, 14 & 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Hancock County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Stonington - Island Community Center

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

This class is full.
Pat Gross
(207) 367-2735

This class is full.
September 19, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.

This class is full.
Blue Hill - Public Library

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

This class is full.
Karen Wyatt
(207) 374-2336

This class is full.
September 29, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 4, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.

This class is full.
Kennebec County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
West Gardiner - Rod & Gun Clubhouse Nancy Weeks
(207) 557-3302
September 23 - 25, 2014
6:30 - 8:45 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Winthrop - Middle School

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Wendy Shoppe
(207) 377-3265
or register online.
October 1, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 18, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
China - Four Seasons Club

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Lee Pettengill
(207) 441-2584
October 2, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 11, 2014
8 - 3:30 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
October 7, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 19, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Winslow - Fire Department Don Perrine
(207) 238-0279
October 14 and 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 18, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Knox County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Rockland - City Hall Rockland Police Dept
(207) 594-0316
September 27 and 28, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Hope - Beaver Lodge

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
5 Towns Adult Ed
(207) 236-7800, ext. 274
or register online.
October 7, 21 and 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Friendship - Hahn Center

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Vic MacCallum
(207) 975-4447
or prefer email registration - include name, age, and phone number.

Registration begins September 22, 2014
October 14, 28 and 29, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Lincoln County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Wiscasset - Rod and Gun Club Darcy Siverson
(207) 319-3378
September 23, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 28, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Boothbay - Region 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
September 30 & October 2 & 9, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Waldoboro - Medomak High School

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.

Registration starts on August 28th.
October 6, 15, & 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
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.
October 20, 27, & 28, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
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
Old Town - High School Library

This class is full.
Adult Ed
(207) 827-3906

This class is full.
September 22, 23, 24, & 25, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.

This class is full.
Brewer - Penobscot County Conservation Association

This class is full.
Tony Richard
(207) 827-3440

This class is full.
September 27, 2014
7 - 3:30 p.m. and
September 28, 2014
8 - 3:30 p.m.

This class is full.
Hampden - Reed Brook School

This class is full.
Adult Ed
(207) 862-6422

This class is full.
September 29 - October 2, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.

This class is full.
Glenburn - Elementary School

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

This class is full.
Carey Besse
(207) 945-3119

This class is full.
October 3, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 11, 2014
8:30 - 4:30 p.m.

This class is full.
Medway - Middle School

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

This class is full.
Buddy McLaughlin
(207) 731-8056 or
Sandra Deschaine
(207) 731-7841

This class is full.
October 10, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 19, 2014
8 - 3:30 p.m.

This class is full.
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.
Orono - High School Adult Ed
(207) 866-4119
October 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Piscataquis County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Dover Foxcroft - YMCA YMCA
(207) 564-7111
September 27 & 28, 2014
9 - 3:30 p.m.
Dover Foxcroft - YMCA YMCA
(207) 564-7111
October 25 & 26, 2014
9 - 3:30 p.m.
Sagadahoc County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Phippsburg - Sportsmen's Association

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
RSU I Adult Ed
(207) 443-8255
or register online.
October 7, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 19, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Topsham - Merrymeeting Adult Ed

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Merrymeeting Adult Ed
(207) 729-7323
October 14, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 26, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Somerset County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
St. Albans - Town Hall

This class is full.
Robert
(207) 659-3200

This class is full.
October 4 & 5, 2014
9 - 3:30 p.m.

This class is full.
Pittsfield - Vickery School SAD 52 Adult Ed - Carol or Lauri
(207) 487-5145
October 6 - 9, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Harmony - Elementary School Harold Currier
(207) 277-3115
October 20, 21, 23 and 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Skowhegan - Sportsman's Clubhouse Russ Corson
(207) 474-5361
October 20 and 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 25, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Waldo County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Northport - Outdoor Sportsman

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Outdoor Sportsman
(207) 338-4141
September 27, 2014
9 - 1 p.m.
and
October 11, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
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.
October 7, 14, & 21, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Searsport - Middle School Adult Ed
(207) 338-3197
October 20, 21, 22, & 23, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Washington County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Machias - Regional Communications Center

This is a homestudy course.
Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Dennis Perry
(207) 598-5109
September 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 28, 2014
8 - 4p.m.
Trescott - Cobscook Community Learning Center Valerie Lawson
(207) 733-2233
October 18 - 19, 2014
9 - 5 p.m.
York County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Saco - Maine Tatical Business, 27 Industrial Park Road

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Mark Joyce
(207) 730 7230
September 17, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Lyman - York County Fish & Game Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Brian Pelletier
(207) 632-5218
September 19, 2014
6 - 9 p.m. and
September 27, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Wells - Messiah Christian Church, Route 1

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Werner Gilliam
(207) 408-1454
October 2, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 11, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Sanford - Sanford/Springvale Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
No Pre-Registration
October 6, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 19, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Sanford - Sanford/Springvale Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
No Pre-Registration
October 7, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 18, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Lyman - York County Fish & Game Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Brian Pelletier
(207) 632-5218
October 10, 2014
6 - 9 p.m. and
October 18, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Biddeford - New Life Christian Church, Route 111 Bob Walsh
(207) 752-1509
October 21 and 23, 2014
6 - 8 p.m.
and
October 25, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.