Three clinics will help people take the ‘next step’ toward hunting success

By John Holyoke, Bangor Daily News Outdoors Editor

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has unveiled a series of three clinics designed to help hunters continue to make progress in their hunting journey. The clinics will focus on firearms education, the cleaning and maintenance of firearms and hunting questions that participants may want to have answered by an expert.

“Whether you’re just starting out or have been hunting for years, learning to hunt is a lifelong journey,” a news release from the DIF&W said. “Familiarizing yourself with the laws, gaining an understanding of scouting, being safe and prepared in the outdoors, and practicing safe firearm handling takes time. We’re here to help with a variety of in-person and virtual Next Step hunting workshops.”

The workshops are designed to provide in-person or virtual opportunities for those age 18 and older to build skills and knowledge.

The workshop schedule:

–Friday, Jan. 9, 1-4 p.m., Summerhaven Range, Augusta: An in-person Introduction to Firearms: Long Guns. The DIF&W will provide .22-caliber rifles and participants will be able to safely practice and gain confidence, with a goal of increased understanding of long guns and the ability to comfortably and safely handle and operate a rifle.

–Wednesday, Jan. 13, 4-5 p.m., a virtual workshop: Introduction to Firearms: Cleaning and Maintaining.  Participants will learn about safe cleaning, maintenance and care of firearms.

–Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m., a virtual workshop: Hunting Q and A. Those who log in will be able to ask questions about hunting safety, the hunting safety course, and next steps in hunter development. DIF&W staffers will cover frequently asked questions and offer advice on hunting success.

Those interested in taking part should click on the proper link to register in advance.

The DIF&W plans to offer more classes in the coming weeks. Go to to learn more.

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