Maine Guide School & Training Program

Maine Guide School

As the 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 as some of the most knowledgeable and proficient woodsman in North America. This tradition began in the late 1890's 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!!

We work to prepare students in this course to confidently enter the state's testing and licensing process. Our Guide School is the longest running program in the State, with 2012 marking our 22nd year. Over the past two decades we have seen thousands of students, many who now run very successful Guide businesses. We typically see a 85%-90% success rate from our first-time applicants.

In addition to preparing for the guide's exam, students will also become better woodsman. 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, as well as information developed over 22 years of instruction, students are ready for the Hunting, Fishing and/or Recreation license classification test. This course builds 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.


New for 2015 - Maine's First Women's-Only Class

Dates and locations will be available soon. Contact us for details.


2015 Maine Guide School - Course Schedule

Presque Isle, Me. - February
Skowhegan - April
Bath - May
Gorham - June
Brewer - July
Course Rates $485 / person - deposit required


"I would like to thank you again for the teachings. I have not sat that long in a classroom for around 30 years. I have always had a big problem with paying attention and was concerned that I was wasting my money and would not be able to finish the 4 days. You where able to keep my attention and interest almost every minute. Not too many people are able to do that. Thank you also for giving reasons why things are done the way they are and defining procedures. There are so many ways and angles to look at things. Defining the why helped me alot." - Marty Meier, Portland, Me.

"Due to the skills and information provided in your Maine Guide School; The oral board and the written tests were much more easily handled and passed. I have found the information provided by you during your class strengthened my knowledge and abilities in the Maine woods. Thanks so much for your time, effort and compassion to guide me through this great experience. I look forward to providing wonderful experiences in the great outdoors of Maine with my newly received license and skills, all of which could not have been obtained without your skills as educators and great outdoors people. Thank you again."
Craig Gerry, Registered Maine Guide
Wild Wings Guide Service