Frequently Asked Questions
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Maine Hunting students most frequently ask.
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Price and Payment
How much does the Maine Hunter Ed Course cost?
The Maine Hunter Ed Course is free. The cost of the course has been paid by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife using Pittman Robertson funds. There is no charge for the Skills and Exam Day Voucher. There may be a fee charged by the sponsor for the Skills and Exam Day.
Taking the Course
Am I required to complete hunter education in Maine?
If you do not meet state requirements, you must complete hunter education certification.
What is the minimum age to complete the online course?
Hunters must be at least 10 years of age in order to complete the Maine Hunter Ed Course.
I am not a resident of Maine. Can I still complete the online course?
No, only residents of Maine may complete the online course. Find a course for your state here.
How long will it take to complete the course?
Typically it takes about 4-6 hours to go through the online course, excluding any quizzes and/or exams and re-studying that you may choose to do.
Do I have to complete the Maine Hunter Ed Course all at once?
You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days.
Course Approval and Acceptance
Is my Hunter Education Firearms Card accepted elsewhere?
Yes. Proof of IHEA-USA-approved hunter education certification is valid in all U.S. states and Canada. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)
Quizzes and/or Exams
I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?
If you fail a unit quiz, you can take it again until you pass. You must score at least 70% on the unit quizzes to pass.
Do I have to take an online exam?
The Final Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the Final Exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the Final Exam. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.
How do I get my Hunter Education Firearms Card?
1. Study and pass the online course.
Study and pass the free course. Throughout the Maine Hunter Ed Course, you’ll be tested on what you’ve learned.
2. Sign up for and attend the Skills and Exam Day.
Immediately print out your Skills and Exam Day Voucher, which you will need to bring with you to the Skills and Exam Day along with a complete survival kit. You need to locate and sign up for the Skills and Exam Day. To sign up, go to http://www.maine.gov/ifw/education/safety/firearm.htm.
Remember: Passing the online course does not guarantee you a spot at the Skills and Exam Day. If a Skills and Exam Day is not scheduled in your area, you may take the Firearms Hunter Safety Homestudy Course, using your voucher as proof of having completed the home study assignment.
3. Get your Hunter Education Firearms Card.
You’ll receive your permanent Hunter Education Firearms Card after successfully completing the Skills and Exam Day.
Is there anything else I must do to be certified?
Once you have completed all 3 steps for certification, you’re ready to legally purchase a hunting license or permit where required.
About Your Certification
What is the proof of online course completion?
Once you pass the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Skills and Exam Day Voucher. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Skills and Exam Day Voucher right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you. If you do not have access to a printer, you can call Hunter Ed customer support at 1-800-830-2268 to request a copy of your Skills and Exam Day Voucher be mailed to you.
What is the permanent Hunter Education Firearms Card?
The Hunter Education Firearms Card is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Hunter Education Firearms Card will be mailed to you by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife after you complete all certification requirements.
Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents
How do I replace my online course completion document if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?
To replace a lost or destroyed proof of course completion document, log in to the course and print a new one.
How do I replace my Hunter Education Firearms Card if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?
To replace a lost or destroyed Hunter Education Firearms Card, go to http://www.maine.gov/ifw/education/safety/index.htm#duplicate.
What are the minimum system requirements to access this course?
- A computer or mobile device with Internet access
- A soundcard and speakers or headphones
- A printer to print your course completion document
Can I access the course on my mobile device?
This course is designed to work on any mobile device, such as iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets, as well as your computer.
Username and Password
Where do I change my user information?
If you need to update your profile information or change your password, click on your username in the navigation bar at the top of the web page in the course. Re-submit your revised information using the form provided.
How do I reset my password?
If you forget your password, you can reset it from the Forgot Your Password page. You will need to enter your username and the email from your profile, and an email containing the link to reset your password will be sent. There is also a link to the Forgot Your Password? page on the Log In page for your convenience.
Will I lose everything if I log out?
When you log out, your progress is recorded so that when you log in again, you can pick up where you left off. When logging back in, you will be taken to the Course Contents page where you can see the progress you have made. You can click on a link for the last page viewed to go back to that part of the course.
How many times may I log in and out?
You may log in and out as many times as you wish. Your progress is monitored and saved.
What’s required to play the videos in the course?
Our course videos should play in all browsers. If a video is not showing up, your browser may require Adobe Flash to play them. You can download the Flash plugin for your browser at Adobe’s site.
If you are still having trouble, you might be able to find help at Vimeo’s FAQs. (Vimeo is the video player used in the course.)
What does the message “Your session has expired due to inactivity” mean?
If you have not been active within the course for more than 15 minutes, you will automatically be logged out of your session. A notice stating, “Your session has expired due to inactivity” will appear at the top of the course. Log back in, and you can continue interacting with the course. Your progress will have been recorded, and you should be able to continue where you left off in the course.
What happens if I get disconnected from the Internet?
If you are disconnected from the Internet, simply log back in and pick up where you left off. Your progress will be saved.
How can I contact customer support, if I have a question that isn’t covered here?
You may call us at 1-800-830-2268 to speak with a customer service representative, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to midnight CST and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.