Hunter Education/Firearms Safety Certification for Youth

Classroom course

  • Students ages 11 and older can attend a classroom-based firearms safety certification course and receive their certificate. The firearms safety certificate becomes valid at age 12.
    • The firearms safety class consists of a minimum of 4 separate class sessions (students must attend the entire class for which they sign up), learning the safe handling of firearms, hunter responsibility and wildlife conservation. Students then complete the additional field day.  
    • The field day consists of seven required scenario-based training opportunities. These scenarios allow students to learn and demonstrate commonly accepted principles of safety in hunting and the handling of firearms. It includes shooting a .22 caliber rifle on a range.
    • The DNR course fee is $7.50, payable on-line after successful completion of course requirements. (The instructor may charge a fee of up to $7.50 at the class or field day for any costs they incur.)

Hybrid course

  • Students age 11 and older may complete their online hunter safety course at online hunter safety course (link is external).
    • Then, attend an in-person classroom review and firearms fundamentals session.
    • Students will finish with the field day portion.

Field days fill up quickly! Register your child for an in-person field day now while they complete their online course.

NOTE: Students ages 12 and older who want to hunt this fall but cannot complete their in-person field day are encouraged to use the apprentice hunter validation.

REMINDER:
Check now to make sure you have your firearms safety certificate. If you’ve misplaced it, see the “General information” below for instructions on obtaining a duplicate.

Minnesota recognizes certificates for firearms safety training that are issued by other states.

 

Firearms Safety Certification for Adults (16 and older).

Outdoor News Magazine special for youth

General information

  • Purchase a duplicate firearms safety certificate online or wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
  • For more information or assistance with purchasing a duplicate safety certificate:
  • 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!

 

Courses

To view detailed information about a class or field day, click on its title.

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DateTitleLocationCounty
03/02/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class - SATURDAY'SWanamingoGoodhue
03/02/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassSpring ValleyFillmore
03/02/24Firearms Safety Field DayVestaRedwood
03/03/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassHitterdalClay
03/04/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassRoseauRoseau
03/05/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassHarmonyFillmore
03/05/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLester PrairieMcLeod
03/05/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassAppletonSwift
03/05/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassArgyleMarshall
03/06/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassRosemountDakota
03/08/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassJordanScott
03/11/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ~ MONDAY'SLakefieldJackson
03/11/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassDawsonLac Qui Parle
03/11/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassElySt. Louis
03/11/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassBrandonGrant
03/12/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMorristownRice
03/12/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassSlaytonMurray
03/12/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassWarrenMarshall
03/14/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLambertonRedwood
03/16/24Firearms Safety Field DayPerhamOtter Tail
03/16/24Firearms Safety Field DayMorristownRice
03/17/24Firearms Safety Field DayRichmondStearns
03/18/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassClear LakeSherburne
03/19/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassVirginiaSt. Louis
03/19/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassWatertownCarver
03/19/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassBlaineAnoka
03/19/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class - TUESDAY'SWindomCottonwood
03/22/24Firearms Safety Field DayRochesterOlmsted
03/26/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassOgilvieKanabec
03/26/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassPrinsburgKandiyohi
03/28/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassCambridgeIsanti
03/30/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ~ SATURDAY'SKenyonGoodhue
03/30/24Firearms Safety Field DayStewartvilleOlmsted
04/01/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class - MONDAY'SDeer CreekOtter Tail
04/01/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassAudubonBecker
04/01/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassAlexandriaDouglas
04/01/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassNew UlmBrown
04/01/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMaynardChippewa
04/01/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassZimmermanSherburne
04/02/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLake ElmoWashington
04/02/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassPine CityPine
04/02/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLa CrescentHouston
04/02/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassFarmingtonDakota
04/02/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassE. Grand ForksPolk
04/04/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLong PrairieTodd
04/04/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassRosemountDakota
04/06/24Firearms Safety Field DayMinneotaLyon
04/08/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassPrincetonMille Lacs
04/08/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassCanbyYellow Medicine
04/09/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassBrandonDouglas
04/09/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassAndoverAnoka
04/09/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassWadenaWadena
04/09/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassWillmarKandiyohi
04/11/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassRockfordWright
04/11/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassPrior LakeScott
04/11/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class - Thursday'sChaskaCarver
04/12/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMadison LakeBlue Earth
04/13/24Firearms Safety Field Day ~ FEMALE ONLY HackensackCass
04/15/24Firearms Safety Field DayHugoWashington
04/15/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMonticelloWright
04/15/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassHoffmanGrant
04/16/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLittle FallsMorrison
04/17/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ~ WEDNESDAY'SS. St PaulDakota
04/18/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ~ THURSDAY'SS. St PaulDakota
04/22/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLuverneRock
04/22/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassMahnomenMahnomen
04/22/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassThief River FallsPennington
04/27/24Firearms Safety Field DayLake ElmoWashington
04/27/24Firearms Safety Field DayGranite FallsChippewa
04/28/24Firearms Safety Field DayWebsterHennepin
04/30/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassFairmontMartin
05/04/24Firearms Safety Field DayMarshallLyon
05/07/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassCrookstonPolk
05/13/24Firearms Safety Field DayHugoWashington
06/08/24Firearms Safety Field DayNew UlmBrown
06/22/24Firearms Safety Field DayLake ElmoWashington
07/15/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassLewistonWinona
07/24/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ~ WEDNESDAY'SS. St PaulDakota
07/25/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class ~ THURSDAY'SS. St PaulDakota
08/03/24Firearms Safety Field DayCrookstonPolk
08/10/24Firearms Safety Field DayNew UlmBrown
08/12/24Firearms Safety Field Day ~ FEMALES ONLYHugoWashington
08/17/24Firearms Safety Field DayKimballStearns
08/20/24Firearms Safety Training Classroom ClassCrookstonPolk
09/07/24Firearms Safety Field DayTracyLyon

There are organizations that include the DNR Firearms Safety Training class as part of an event or membership package they offer. The DNR firearms safety training fee is $7.50, with an option for the instructor group to charge an additional $7.50. However, these other programs have additional costs set by the providing organization.

Organizations offering a DNR firearms safety class

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