Maine Guides License Examination & Testing Preparation

Maine Guide Courses

Over 30 years experience, preparing students for Maine’s Guide License Exam

Maine Guide School & Training Program

Our Maine Guide School prepares students to confidently enter the state’s testing and licensing process. A Maine Guide’s License is not easily obtained, so it must be understood that “the patch” should not be taken lightly. As Master Maine Guides, we understand the business of guiding and believe it is unlikely anyone can be “taught” to be a guide. That is something that comes from the heart. Throughout history, Maine Guides have been revered as some of North America’s most knowledgeable and proficient woodsmen. This tradition began in the late 1890s when the Maine legislature required all hunting guides to be registered with the state. It is a symbol with an honorable history. Wear it proudly!

Maine is considered one of the toughest states in the union to obtain a Guide’s License. The Guide’s Advisory Board tests many unprepared applicants, with a first-time failure rate exceeding 60%. This means that two out of every three applicants fail the first time!! Learn more about Becoming a Maine Guide

Maine Guide School

Our Guide School is the longest-running program in the State, with 2022 marking our 30th year. Over the past three decades, we have seen thousands of students, many of who now run very successful Guide businesses. We typically see an 85%-90% success rate from our first-time applicants.

In addition to preparing for the guide’s exam, students will also become better woodsmen. They will gain knowledge on a variety of subjects from map reading, navigation, boating, hunting, species identification, and countless other topics. Participants will also be given a wealth of information on starting and running a guiding business which we have gained through two decades of experience.

Classes are four days in duration, Thursday through Sunday. Custom classes for small groups are available. References are always available.

Contact us for more information on our Maine Guide School.

Material Covered

Using written materials from the state and information developed over 25 years of instruction, students are ready for the Hunting, Fishing, and/or Recreation guides license examination. This course builds a top-notch map and compass proficiency and equips students to react quickly and efficiently during stressful situations, such as a lost client or medical emergency.

Upcoming Classes

Skowhegan, Me. – April 11th to 13th, 2024

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

$495 / person


Farmington, Me. – May 2nd to 4th, 2024

Mt. Blue High School Campus

$495 / person


Danforth, Me. – May 16th to 18th, 2024

Grand Lake Hunt Lodge

$495 / person


Allagash, Me. – May 23rd to 25th, 2024

Allagash Village

$495 / person


Presque Isle, Me. – June 6th to 8th, 2024

P.I. Fish & Game Club

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


Lee, Me. – June 27th to 29th, 2024
(Tentative)

House in the Woods

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


Columbia, Me. – July 11th to 13th, 2024

Pleasant River Fish & Game Club

$495 / person
$425/person for club members - 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.


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

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

$495 / person