Welcome to Fins & Furs Adventures

Maine Guide Training Programs

Hunting & Fishing Adventure Consultants

For over 30 years Fins & Furs Adventures has helped others realize their dreams of becoming a Registered Maine Guide and pursue hunting & fishing adventures throughout North and South America.

Prepare for the Maine Guide’s License Exam

Our Maine Guide School prepares you to take Maine’s

Hunting, Fishing and Recreation

Guide’s License Exam

Why take our course?

We teach from experience!

With over 30 years of experience guiding and outfitting trips throughout North and South America, as well as managing a 30-guest traditional Maine sporting camp, we know the skills you need to not only pass the Maine Guide Exam but to be successful Maine Guides. We use our experience to teach the material, not just present it.

Over 85% of our students pass their exam on the first try!!

Maine’s Guide License Exam is considered one of the toughest in the country. The Maine Guide licensing board sees a failure rate of greater than 60% with first-time applicants, who haven’t taken a training course. Why not put the odds in your favor?

Upcoming Classes

Lee, Me. – June 27th to 29th, 2024

House in the Woods

$495 / person
$425/person for veterans - Call for discounted price.

Brewer, Me. – July 18th to 20th, 2024

Penobscot County Conservation Assoc.

$495 / person
$425/person for members - Call for discounted price.

Gorham, Me. – August 8th to 10th, 2024

Gorham Fire Department

$495 / person
$425/person for members of Gorham Police & Fire departments
Call for discounted price.

Trescott, Me. – August 22nd to 24th, 2024

Cobscook Institute
10 Commissary Point Rd., Trescott ME 04652

$495 / person

Skowhegan, Me. – December 5th to 7th, 2024

Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge
21 Silver St., Skowhegan ME 04976

$495 / person

Skowhegan, Me. – February 6th to 8th, 2025

Women's Only Class
This one is just for the ladies!

Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge
21 Silver St., Skowhegan ME 04976

$495 / person

Interested in Becoming a Maine Guide?

Learn more about the Maine Guide License testing process and requirements

Important Announcement

Nearly 35 years ago Lila and I ventured to northern Quebec on a Brook Trout fishing trip. That’s how it all began, with one outfitter and an idea. Along the way, we’ve been very fortunate to have fished and hunted all over the world and met many great people, many of who began as customers and remain as friends. Without you, our customers, none of this would have been possible.

The Covid pandemic changed our world and the outdoor travel industry in ways we never could have imagined. Travel restrictions, border crossing requirements, cancellations, rolled deposits, rate increases… just to name a few. At the time of this writing, many of the outfitters we represent are full for the 2023 season with waiting lists into 2024 and beyond. Customers have approached us with interest in a destination and there is simply nothing available to sell.

After a great deal of consideration, we have made the difficult decision to no longer offer travel services. We will honor the few remaining bookings with our customers and have a spring bear hunt planned in New Brunswick. Beyond that, we will no longer serve as the contact and liaison between our customers and the outfitters. We still support several outfitters and their contact information can be found on our Adventures page. We encourage you to contact them directly with your interest.

We will continue to offer our Maine Guide Training Programs. Through the years we have developed countless contacts throughout the industry and are always available to answer questions or help you plan your dream trip.

We are thankful for the many great years and for you our customers.

Carroll & Lila Ware

Carroll & Lila Ware

Carroll & Lila Ware, Owners
Fins & Furs Adventures

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Call  (207) 474-5430