Hunter Safety

Open to Public; Club Sanctioned Event:
Two FALL classes scheduled annualy
Registration starts 30 days prior to each class.
In person registration required at Anglers Sport Center, Whitehall Rd. Annapolis (410-757-3442)
Course fee $5; payable at registration

AAF&G offers state certified Maryland hunter safety programs. Classes are open to the public and there is no minimum age requirement. The course is approximately 14 hours, typically given over two week nights and a Saturday. Fee for the course is $5.

Course Curriculum
These three-day classes are open to the public and there is no minimum age requirement. However, parents are advised that students under 10 years of age may have difficulty understanding the ethical, legal, and safety concepts presented in the class. That difficulty, along with the length of the evening sessions, has historically resulted in a low passing rate for those under 10 and a very low passing rate for those under 8. The course is approximately 14 hours, given over two week nights and a Saturday. Attendance at all sessions is one of the requirements for passing the class. AAF&G classes are registered with the MD Department of Natural Resources. Students who successfully complete the course receive a hunter education – firearms safety card that is recognized in all 50 states and in Canada.

Classroom Topics Include:
  • Safe Firearms Handling
  • Marksmanship
  • Hunter Ethics
  • Shot Placement/Tracking and Trailing
  • Handgun Hunting
  • Muzzleloading
  • Archery
  • Basic Survival
  • Wildlife Management
Saturday Field Exercises Include:
  • Live Fire on the Small Bore Rifle Range
  • Live Fire on the Trap/Skeet Range
  • Tree Stand Safety
  • Hunting out of Blinds
  • Hunting out of Boats
  • Crossing Obstacles
  • Hunting over Dogs
  • Shoot/No Shoot Scenarios
  • Zones of Fire

Classes are offered at AAF&G in the fall each year. AAF&G classes are registered with the MD Department of Natural Resources. Registration for AAF&G classes is required in person at Anglers Sports Center 1456 Whitehall Rd Annapolis (410-757-3442). The $5 course fee is due at the time of registration.

For further information on the Maryland Hunter Safety Program, contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Outdoor Education Office at 410-643-8502 or visit their hunter safety web site for a list of all hunter safety classes in the state.

MD State Shooter Qualifications

To become certified, shooters must meet the following qualifications:

  • Shotgun: 3 out of 5 shots in a 9-inch circle at 40 yards,
  • Muzzleloader: 2 out of 3 shots in a 9-inch circle at 40 yards, and
  • Bow: 3 out of 5 in vitals of a 3D deer and unmarked distances under 30 yards.
    (Bow qualifications will be conducted on noted firearms qualification days but on the AAF&G Archery Range.)

For those members who cannot make one of these dates, a complete listing of shooter qualification dates and locations statewide (by county) are shown at the DNR website

Brought to you by the Hunter Safety Committee, David Alianti, Chief Instructor
and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service, Paul Peditto, Director

NRA Jr. Rifle Program

AAF&G offers youngsters (ages 11-18) the opportunity to learn about the shooting sports under the supervision of certified instructors through an NRA sponsored Junior Rifle Program. This program is open to the general public. The program teaches marksman skills while stressing safe firearms handling. No prior experience is required to participate in this program. Firearms, ammunition, ear protection, and eye protection are provided. The group meets every Sunday at 12:45 PM from March through December (weather permitting) on the small bore rifle range at AAF&G.

Prior to participating in the program, parents must register their children and students must attend an orietation class. A one-time fee will be charged to join the Junior Rifle Program and all equipment is provided. There is a weekly fee for ammunition and targets. The Junior Rifle Orientation Classes will be decided TBD.

Junior Rifle Program Objectives include the following:

  • Teaching personal responsibility with firearms
  • Stressing firearms safety and proper handling
  • Providing the opportunity to participate in informal target shooting
  • Introducing youngsters to competitive shooting
  • Certifying successful shooters for Scouting Rifle Merit Badges
  • Sponsoring shooters for state competitions
  • Laying the groundwork for College competitive shooting
  • Providing background for hunter safety training

Contact Andrea Miller for information on the Junior Rifle Program or Orientation Classes at

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