BLUE HILL — A Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife firearms hunter safety course will be held at the Blue Hill Public Library.
This course will be offered as both a home study course and an online course. Each version consists of two parts. The home study participants must attend both scheduled sessions, Wednesday Oct. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and complete home-study work between the two meetings in order to obtain a certificate.
The online course participants must complete an online portion of the course and only need to attend in-person for the second full-day session (field day) held on Oct. 21. During the field day, students must demonstrate to the instructor that they can safely handle a firearm, participate in activities, bring in a survival kit, and pass a final exam.
This class is required for anyone applying for a hunting license for the first time, or can also be taken as a “brush-up” course.
This is a Department of Fish and Wildlife Certified Hunter Safety Program. Students are provided with a course handbook, outdoor survival information and additional handouts. Courses involve lectures and demonstrations by instructors during class, homework, field experiences and a final written exam. Completing all the requirements takes at least 12 hours, although many will average more.
The course covers the basics of safe firearms handling, responsible hunting practices and Maine’s hunting regulations. Proof of having taken the course must be shown with all first-time license applications. Participants must be at least 10 years of age and all minors will be required to have a signed parental consent form, available at the first session. The course is free.
Registration is required and can be done through the library’s events calendar at www.bhpl.net, or by calling the library at 374-5515.