Hunter education & safety

ALERT: Students age 11 and older may take their classroom training online by completing the online hunter safety course. Students ages 12 and 13 who want to hunt but are unable to complete their in-person field day are encouraged to use the apprentice hunter validation. Please note the one-year expiration date for the field day voucher (which is required for students to attend a field day) has been extended.

Requirements: All persons born after December 31, 1979 are required to possess a firearms safety/hunter education certificate in order to purchase a hunting license to hunt in Minnesota.

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Safety certification classes

Youth firearms safety/hunter education »
Adult hunter education »
Advanced hunter »
Bow hunter »

Current calendar of safety training classes

Purchase a duplicate firearms safety certificate online or wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold


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Become a safety training instructor

Become a DNR Certified Volunteer Safety Instructor, the process begins online. 
Safety training instructor information »