Archery Hunter Safety
Maine offers Archery Hunter Safety Education courses in three different formats: standard classroom, home study or online. Courses vary in presentation and teaching style as well as student work requirements outside of the classroom. Courses are taught by trained, certified volunteer instructors according to statewide standards. Courses cover the following topics: laws, safety, equipment, first-aid and survival, map and compass, ethics, and landowner relations.
Online Course: Students 16 and older can complete the bowhunter safety course online at bowhunter-ed.com/maine and will be provided a voucher upon completion of the online exam to purchase an archery hunting license.
Students 10-15 years of age can complete the bowhunter safety course online at bowhunter-ed.com/maine and will be provided a voucher upon completion of the online exam to then attend the required skills and exam day. In the skills and exam session students must demonstrate to the instructor that they can safely handle a bow, participate in activities, bring in a survival kit with appropriate contents and pass a 50-question test with a grade of at least 70%.
Home Study Course: consists of about 9 hours of classroom instruction broken up into a 3 hour introduction followed by either 2 nights or one day of classroom and activities. Students are required to complete a workbook or chapter reviews from an internet course both of which complement the student manual. Students must demonstrate to the instructor that they can safely handle a bow, participate in activities, bring in a survival kit with appropriate contents and pass a 50 question test with a grade of at least 70%.
Students must complete the online course and provide voucher number to register for the Skills and Exam Day. Students must also bring the voucher to the first class. Please visit bowhunter-ed.com/maine/ to complete the online portion of the course.
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.
When registering either by telephone or email, please be sure to include your full name, telephone number, and which course, date and location you are signing up for.
|York||Sanford/Alfred - Sanford-Springvale Fish & Game/Alfred Town Hall||October 19, 6pm-9pm (Sanford/Springvale F&G) & October 25, 8am-4pm (Alfred T.H.) **CANCELLED**||
|York||Hollis - Buxton/Hollis Rod & Gun||
|October 04, 8am-5pm|
|Kennebec||Augusta - Sportsman's Alliance of Maine||Michael Foster (207) 446-4122 or Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org for questions/information.
|October 10, 8:30am-4pm **FULL**||
This is an online course. Course is FULL
|Androscoggin||Turner - BQMC (Boofy Quimby Memorial Center)||Michael Mayo (207) 446-4125 gov for questions/information.
|September 21 & 23, 6pm-8pm (Virtual - ZOOM) & October 3 9am-12pm (In-person) **FULL**||
This is an online course. This is a VIRTUAL online course. Virtual online courses require completion of internet study (online course) program, in addition to 2 online Zoom meetings and a shortened in-person skills & exam day. ** Course is FULL