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Maine Guide PatchOur 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 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!! Learn more about Becoming a Maine Guide

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Maine Guide School

Our Guide School is the longest running program in the State, with 2016 marking our 24th 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.

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 guides license examination. 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.

Maine Guide School – Course Schedule


Allagash, Me. – March 20th to 23rd, 2017

Allagash Wildlife Sporting Camps

$495 / person – deposit required

Skowhegan, Me. – April 6th to 9th, 2017

Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge – Silver Street, Skowhegan

$495 / person – deposit required

Phippsburg, Me. – May 4th to 7th, 2017

Phippsburg Sportsmans Club

$495 / person – deposit required

Gorham, Me. – June 15th to 18th, 2017

Windham / Gorham Rod & Gun Club

$495 / person – deposit required

Brewer, Me. – July 13th to 16th, 2017

PCCA Club house

$495 / person – deposit required

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