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.

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
Livermore Falls - RSU#73 Adult Ed

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Adult Ed Office
(207) 897-6384
April 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
May 6 and 8, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Aroostook County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Presque Isle - Fish & Game Club, Parsons Road

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Dick Fortier & Dave Bell
(207) 496-12221
April 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
April 26, 2014
8 - 2 p.m.
Ashland - IF&W Headquarters

This is a combination firearm and archery safety course.

This class is full.
Traci Bushey


This class is full.
April 21, 23 and 25, 2014
9 - 5 p.m.


This class is full.
Caribou - Adult Ed
Caribou Adult Ed
(207) 493-4272
May 6, 7, 13 and 14, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Cumberland County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Harrison - Fire Station Arlin Bigelow
9207) 583-4535
April 26 and 27, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Freeport - LL Bean Casco Street Conference Room

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School
1-888-552-3261
or register online.
July 2, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
July 12, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Freeport - LL Bean Casco Street Conference Room

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School
1-888-552-3261
or register online.
July 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
July 26, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Freeport - LL Bean Casco Street Conference Room

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School
1-888-552-3261
or register online.
September 3, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 13, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Franklin County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Farmington - Cascade Brook School

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Paul Brown
(207) 778-3460
April 17, and 29, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
May 1, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Hancock County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Bucksport - Bucksmills Rod & Gun Club

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Frank Dunbar
(207) 469-1054 (Mornings)
August 15, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
August 24, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Tremont - Town Office

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Jen Shaw
(207) 266-8916
September 15, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 20, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Stonington - Island Community Center

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Pat Gross
(207) 367-2735
September 19, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Blue Hill - Public Library

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Karen Wyatt
(207) 374-2336
September 29, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 4, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Kennebec County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Wayne - Sports Unlimited of Maine, Inc.

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

 Howard Pettengill
(207) 685-4505

May 6, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
May 17, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
West Gardiner - Grace Community Chapel

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

This is a combination firearm and archery safety course.
Lin Libby
(207) 724-3458
May 19 and 27, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
May 31, 2014
9 - 4 p.m.
Winslow - Fire Department Don Perrine
(207) 660-6382
September 16 and 18, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 20, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Winslow - Fire Department Don Perrine
(207) 660-6382
October 14 and 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
October 18, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Knox County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Washington - VFW

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 July 16, 2014
August 6, 21 and 22, 2014
6 - 9 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.
September 9, 23 and 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
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
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 Post 100

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Justina Hatch
(207) 320-1622 or 320-0144
April 15, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
April 27, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Dixfield - American Legion Post 100

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Justina Hatch
(207) 320-1622
September 4, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 14, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Penobscot County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Corinna - Finns & Antlers Guide Service Fritz Todenhagen
(207) 991-2412
April 18, 2014
5 - 9 p.m.
and
April 19, 2014
9 - 5 p.m.
Piscataquis County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Guilford - PCHS
Harold Currier
(207) 277-3115
September 15 - 18, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
Sagadahoc County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
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
or register online.
April 14, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
April 27, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Somerset County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
Skowhegan - Sportsman's Clubhouse, 857 East River Road Russ Corson
(207) 474-5361
June 2 & 4, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
June 7, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Fairfield - VFW Post #6924 Don Perine
(207) 660-6382
July 22 and 24, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
July 26, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
Fairfield - Jr. High School Don Perine
(207) 660-6382
August 25 - 28, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
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.
Waldo County
Location
Contact
Date/Time
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 17, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
May 14 and 15, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
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.
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
South Berwick - Rod & Gun club, Route 236

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Mike Anderson
(207) 748-3290
April 15, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
April 27, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Wells/North Berwick - High School/Rod & Gun

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Steve Rand
(207) 646-3472
April 17, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
and
May 3, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
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
May 7, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
May 17, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Kittery - Trading Post

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Kittery Trading Post Customer Service
1-888-587-6246
July 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
August 3, 2014
9 - 5 p.m.
Saco - Police Department, Storer Street

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Gary DeWitt
(207) 284-5495
July 23, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
August 3, 2014
8 - 4:30 p.m.
York - Fish and Game Club, Route 1

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Tim Carle
(207) 698-4805
September 6 and 7, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
Alfred - Town Hall

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

Register only 2 weeks prior to course.
September 12, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 27, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
Wells/North Berwick - High School/Rod & Gun

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Steve Rand
(207) 646-3472
September 16, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
and
October 4, 2014
8 - 5 p.m.
South Berwick - Rod and Gun Club, Route 236

This is a homestudy course. Homestudy requires attendance at all sessions as well as study at home.
Mike Anderson
(207) 748-3290
September 16, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.
and
September 28, 2014
8 - 4 p.m.
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.
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.
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.