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. – May 4th to 6th, 2023

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

$495 / person

Columbia, Me. – May 11th to 13th, 2023

Class is Full

Pleasant River Fish & Game Conservation Assoc.
1597 Tibbettstown Road, Columbia, ME

$495 / person

Danforth, Me. – May 18th to 20th, 2023

Class is Full

34 Irish Settlement Road, Danforth, ME

$495 / person

Brewer, Me. – June 8th to 10th, 2023

Penobscot County Conservation Association

$495 / person

Gorham, Me. – July 13th to 15th, 2023

Windham-Gorham Rod & Gun Club

$495 / person

Ft. Fairfield, Me. – July 20th to 22nd, 2023

Ft. Fairfield Frontier Fish & Game Club

$495 / person (non-members)
$450 / person (members)

Club Members - Please contact us to register at the discounted rate.

Skowhegan, Me. – December, 2023

Dates to be determined
Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge
21 Silver St., Skowhegan ME 04976

$495 / person