Firearms Safety Certification for Youth

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Requirements

  • Youth ages 11 and older can attend a firearms safety certification course and receive their certificate. The Firearms Safety Certificate becomes valid at age 12.
  • 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 firearm 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
  • To have your firearms safety certification added to your Minnesota Driver’s License, bring your firearms certificate to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when you renew your driver’s license and request them to check the box to add it as an endorsement.

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

09/18/14

Princeton - CLASS IS FULL

Mille Lacs County

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

09/18/14

Montevideo

Chippewa County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/19/14

Rochester

Olmsted County

Youth Firearms Safety Online Field Day

09/20/14

Aitkin (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

Aitkin County

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

09/20/14

Lakeshore/Brainerd (HunterCourse)* * *COURSE IS FULL* * *

Cass County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day * * * Course is FULL * * *

09/20/14

Lakeshore/Brainerd (HunterCourse) * * * COURSE IS FULL * * *

Crow Wing County

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

09/20/14

Forest Lake * * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Washington County

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

09/21/14

Hugo (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

Washington County

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

09/22/14

Nevis * * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Hubbard County

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

09/22/14

New Ulm

Brown County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/22/14

Darfur

Watonwan County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/22/14

Grand Rapids * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Itasca County

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

09/22/14

Maple Lake

Wright County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/22/14

Madison (HunterCourse)

Lac Qui Parle County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/22/14

Rush City

Chisago County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/23/14

Pipestone

Pipestone County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/23/14

Turtle River

Beltrami County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/25/14

Zimmerman

Sherburne County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/27/14

Halma (HunterCourse)

Kittson County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/27/14

Zimmerman (HunterCourse) * * * FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Sherburne County

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

09/27/14

St. Cloud (HunterCourse) * * *FIELD DAY IS FULL * * *

Sherburne County

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

09/27/14

Park Rapids **CLASS IS FULL NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE**

Hubbard County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day **CLASS IS FULL**

09/27/14

Hutchinson (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

McLeod County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/28/14

Gaylord (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

Sibley County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

09/29/14

St. Cloud **CLASS IS FULL**

Stearns County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/29/14

Luverne **CLASS IS FULL**

Rock County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/29/14

Andover

Anoka County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/30/14

Arden Hills **CLASS IS FULL**

Ramsey County

Firearm Safety Training Class **CLASS IS FULL**

09/30/14

Lindstrom * * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Chisago County

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

09/30/14

Mora

Kanabec County

Firearm Safety Training Class

09/30/14

Madelia

Watonwan County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/02/14

Robbinsdale **CLASS IS FULL**

Hennepin County

Firearm Safety Training Class **CLASS IS FULL**

10/04/14

New Ulm (HunterCourse) * * * COURSE IS FULL * * *

Brown County

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

10/04/14

Sandstone (HunterCourse) * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

Pine County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

10/04/14

Rollingstone (HunterCourse)

Winona County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/05/14

North Branch (Adult Only HunterCourse)

Chisago County

Adult Firearm Safety Field Day (18 years and older)

10/07/14

Inver Grove Heights - CLASS IS FULL

Dakota County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL

10/08/14

Sauk Rapids

Benton County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/11/14

Lakeshore/Brainerd (HunterCourse) * * *COURSEIS FULL * * *

Cass County

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

10/11/14

Lakeshore/Brainerd (HunterCourse) * * *COURSE IS FULL * *

Crow Wing County

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

10/11/14

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

Anoka County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/11/14

LeRoy (HunterCourse) * * * CLASS IS FULL * * *

Mower County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day * * *CLASS IS FULL * * *

10/14/14

Dassel

Meeker County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/14/14

Lakeville (HunterCourse)

Dakota County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

10/16/14

Grand Rapids **Parent Child Class** - CLASS IS FULL

Itasca County

Firearm Safety Training Class - CLASS IS FULL

10/24/14

Dodge Center

Dodge County

Firearm Safety Training Class

10/25/14

Rochester (HunterCourse)**CLASS IS FULL**

Olmsted County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

11/01/14

Blaine (HunterCourse) ***CLASS IS FULL**

Anoka County

Youth Firearm Safety-On-Line Field Day

03/02/15

Wolverton

Wilkin County

Firearm Safety Training Class