AUGUSTA — Inland Fisheries and Wildlife does not recognize any stand alone online program for validation for Hunter Safety.

We have been made aware of sportspersons using an online course certificate to show proof of hunter safety. Online courses do not qualify.

Applicants for an adult hunting license must show proof of having previously held an adult license to hunt with firearms in any year beginning with 1976 or successful completion of an approved hunter safety course.

States such as New Hampshire do allow online study, but students must then attend and complete a one day training program to complete.

Can’t find a course for your area? Contact the Regional Safety Coordinator for your area, or the Recreational Safety Division Office at 287-5220.

Do you need to take an outdoor safety course to obtain your license for firearms, archery, crossbow, or trapping? Maine law requires completion to obtain your adult license unless you have previously done so or have held an adult license.

Hunters and trappers in Maine must attend training courses specific to the license type they wish to purchase. By state law, anyone planning to buy a basic hunting license, archery license, crossbow license, or trapping license, must complete the respective hunter, archery, crossbow or trapper education course.

Individuals may purchase each of these licenses by showing a certificate of completion from the appropriate course, or a previously issued license of the same type.

If you would like to refresh your knowledge of safe and responsible hunting, then taking a hunter education course is a great idea.

Each year, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife provides more than 350 courses on hunting with firearms, bow and arrow, and trapping. These are attended by roughly 7,500 students and taught by over 800 volunteer instructors trained by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

For more information on courses offered, go online to www.maine.gov/ifw/education/safety/ index.htm.