Firearms Safety Certification for Youth

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Requirements

  • To be eligible to receive your Firearms Safety Certification, you must be 11 years of age or older.
  • DNR Firearms Certification is required of anyone born after December 31, 1979 to purchase a hunting license in Minnesota. Check requirements in other states.
  • Apprentice hunter validation.

Three basic rules of firearms handling

  • Treat each firearms as if it is loaded
  • Always control the muzzle of your firearm
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond

When and where are firearms safety classes offered?

Classes are added to the DNR website as the information becomes available. Check back often.

What happens in the classes?

  • The firearm safety class consists of a minimum of 12 hours of classroom and field experience in the safe handling of firearms and hunter responsibility.
  • The field experience allows students to learn and demonstrate commonly accepted principles of safety in hunting and the handling of firearms. It includes live fire on a rifle range.

Cost

A fee of up to $7.50 may be collected by the instructor at the class for any costs they incur to conduct the class. The DNR course fee is $7.50, payable on-line after successful completion of course requirements.

On-Line Option

Adults (18 and older) –  click here

Youth ages 11 – 17 - The on-line course is a new program. It provides basic information for youth interested in learning more about hunting, as well as a study guide for the 12-hour classroom course. Field days are limited. Before choosing this option, see availability for a field day by checking currently scheduled classes below. HunterCourse.com

General information

  • Duplicate firearms certificates are available through any DNR License Agent or by calling toll free 1-888-646-6367 or local 651-296-6157.
  • For more information about the program, call toll free 800-366-8917

Find (and sort) more courses on the DNR Safety Training Calendar!

Calendar of firearms classes

Click on the course name for details.

view a printable version

04/19/14

Rockford - ** Class is full **

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class - ** CLASS IS FULL**

04/19/14

LeRoy (HunterCourse)

Mower County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

04/21/14

Prior Lake

Scott County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/21/14

Felton

Clay County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/21/14

Luverne * * * CLASS IS FULL* * *

Rock County

Firearm Safety Training Class * * *CLASS IS FULL* * *

04/21/14

Andover

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/21/14

Faribault * * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Rice County

Firearm Safety Training Class * * * CLASS IS FULL* * *

04/21/14

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/21/14

Grove City

Meeker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/22/14

East Grand Forks

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/22/14

Warroad

Roseau County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/22/14

Balaton

Lyon County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/22/14

Parkers Prairie

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/22/14

Wadena

Wadena County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/22/14

Bemidji

Beltrami County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/23/14

Sauk Rapids**CLASS IS FULL**

Benton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/24/14

Robbinsdale

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/24/14

Morris (HunterCourse)

Stevens County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

04/24/14

Rogers **CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/24/14

Chaska

Carver County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/24/14

Chisholm (HunterCourse)

St. Louis County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

04/25/14

Oak Grove

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/26/14

St. Cloud (HunterCourse) 8 * * *field day is full* * *

Sherburne County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day* * *FIELD DAY IS FULL* * *

04/26/14

Lewiston (HunterCourse)

Winona County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

04/26/14

Blaine (HunterCourse)

Anoka County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

04/28/14

Richfield

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/28/14

Chanhassen **Women Only-11 & Older**

Carver County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/28/14

Aitkin

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/28/14

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/29/14

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

04/29/14

Porter

Yellow Medicine County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/01/14

Glenwood (HunterCourse)

Pope County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/01/14

Pipestone

Pipestone County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/02/14

Tracy

Lyon County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/02/14

Blaine

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/03/14

Lester Prairie

McLeod County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/03/14

Greaney (HunterCourse)

St. Louis County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/03/14

Plummer (HunterCourse)

Red Lake County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/03/14

Walker (HunterCourse)

Cass County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/03/14

Worthington (HunterCourse)

Nobles County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/04/14

Marshall (HunterCourse)

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/04/14

Plainview (HunterCourse)

Wabasha County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/05/14

Becker

Sherburne County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/05/14

Spring Lake Park

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/05/14

Lexington

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/05/14

Hutchinson

McLeod County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/05/14

Crosby

Crow Wing County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/05/14

Annandale

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/06/14

Dodge Center

Dodge County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/10/14

Blaine (HunterCourse)

Anoka County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/13/14

Ramsey

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/15/14

St. Paul

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/17/14

Aitkin (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/17/14

Palisade (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/17/14

Annandale (HunterCourse)

Wright County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/20/14

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/21/14

Perham (HunterCourse)

Otter Tail County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/22/14

Rogers

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/30/14

North Branch

Chisago County

Firearm Safety Training Class

05/31/14

Coleraine (HunterCourse)

Itasca County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

05/31/14

Thief River Falls (HunterCourse)

Pennington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/08/14

Forest Lake (HunterCourse) **CLASS IS FULL**

Anoka County

Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day-Women Only (Age 16 and Older)"

06/08/14

Maple Plain **Forkhorn I Camp**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/08/14

Hackensack **FORKHORN I CAMP**

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/10/14

Lake Elmo * * * CLASS IS FULL* * *

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class * * *CLASS IS FULL

06/15/14

Britt **Forkhorn Camp**

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/15/14

Spicer **Forkhorn I Camp**

Kandiyohi County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/15/14

Palisade (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/15/14

Hackensack **FORKHORN I CAMP**

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/16/14

Maple Plain **Pheasant Hunting Camp**CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/19/14

Rogers

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/21/14

Aitkin (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

06/23/14

Brooklyn Park **Hunt & Fish Camp**CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/27/14

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

06/28/14

Watson (HunterCourse)

Chippewa County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/06/14

Palisade **Forkhorn I Camp**

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/07/14

Maple Plain**Turkey Hunting Camp**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/07/14

White Bear Lake (HunterCourse) - COURSE IS FULL

Washington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day - COURSE IS FULL

07/09/14

Duluth

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class **MILITARY VETERANS ONLY**

07/13/14

Maple Plain **Forkhorn I Camp**CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/14/14

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/15/14

Graceville

Big Stone County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/19/14

Aitkin (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

07/20/14

Palisade **Forkhorn I Camp**

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/20/14

Hackensack**FORKHORN I CAMP**

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/21/14

Maple Plain**Waterfowl Hunting Camp**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/27/14

Palisade **Forkhorn I Camp**

Aitkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/14

Maple Plain **Pheasant Hunting Camp**CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/14

St. Charles

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

07/28/14

Lewiston

Winona County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/01/14

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/02/14

Crookston

Polk County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/03/14

Britt **Forkhorn Camp**

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/03/14

Hackensack **FORKHORN I CAMP**

Cass County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/04/14

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/04/14

Annandale

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/05/14

Edina

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/07/14

Rocford

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/09/14

Pine City

Pine County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/10/14

Britt **Forkhorn Camp**

St. Louis County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/14/14

South St. Paul

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/16/14

Grand Rapids **Mother Daughter Class**

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/16/14

Aitkin (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/16/14

Annandale (HunterCourse)

Wright County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

08/18/14

Alexandria

Douglas County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/18/14

Thief River Falls

Pennington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/21/14

Rogers

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

08/26/14

Crookston

Polk County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/06/14

Tracy (HunterCourse)

Lyon County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/06/14

Thief River Falls (HunterCourse)

Pennington County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/09/14

Lake Elmo

Washington County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/11/14

Rogers

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/15/14

Pelican Rapids

Otter Tail County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/20/14

Aitkin (HunterCourse)

Aitkin County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/30/14

Arden Hills

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/02/14

Arden Hills

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/04/14

New Ulm (HunterCourse)

Brown County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/09/14

Rogers

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/16/14

Grand Rapids **Parent Child Class**

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class