Maine Guide Training & Guide License Exam Preparation

Follow Your Dream

Become a Maine Guide

Fins & Furs Adventures Maine Guide School is the longest running guide training program in the state, with over 25 years experience helping hundreds of participants obtain their Maine Guides License

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 34 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.

Nearly 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 first time applicants, greater than 60%. Why not put the odds in your favor?

What will you learn?

The Maine Guide exam covers a great deal of information applicable to the license that you are testing for. We spend our time covering the material that you will likely see, so you can focus your studying and preparation efforts. Aside from the test material, we also make you better outdoorsmen and women.

Map & Compass

You will learn how to read a map, measure distance, and use your compass with the map and in the field.

Emergency Situations

We will cover in detail, how to prepare for and deal with an emergency situation such as a hurt or lost client.

Laws, Rules & Ethics

Hunting, fishing, boating, ATV, and Snowmobiling laws are covered. We will also discuss laws and professional ethics applicable specifically to registered guides.

Boating & Canoeing

You will learn canoe paddle strokes, canoeing terms, boating safety, river and lake rescue techniques, and boating laws.

Species Identification

All test candidates will be asked to identify mammals, waterfowl, fish, and even occasionally plants and trees.

Business Management

Although not a topic that you will be tested on, we want to see class participants successful in their business as well as the exam. We will discuss insurance, websites, advertising, marketing, keeping clients happy & coming back, and much more.

Much, much more...

There are more topics than we can list including firearms, fly-fishing, trapping, cold and hot weather injuries, packing gear, food storage and meal preparation, setting up a campsite, and the list goes on…

Carroll and Lila,

I passed my hunting guide test the first time! I recently went back and passed my fishing on the first try as well. Neither of these would have been possible without your class! Thanks again for all your help!

Jeremy Bellegarde
Dixfield, Maine

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

Have questions?

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Call  (207) 474-5430

Interested in Becoming a Maine Guide?

Learn more about the Maine Guide License testing process and requirements