Three Basic Rules

Treat each firearm as if it were loaded.

Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

Be sure of your target and what is beyond.

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Our course is administered by the Minnesota DNR and is intended to educate students on the safe and responsible handling of firearms.  Our primary focus is for each student to learn the skills to be safe and responsible when handling firearms and to understand the proper behavior that will promote a positive hunter image.  Upon successful completion of the course, students are certified by the MN DNR.  Certification gives the student to right to legally game hunt.

Our course is a basic introduction in the proper handling of firearms and understanding of hunting etiquette and hunting laws.  Parents are encouraged to continue their child’s development of the safe and responsible skills, knowledge, and attitudes discussed and taught in this course.

Minnesota’s firearms safety course is one of few recognized as being adequately comprehensive in course content to be accepted by all 50 states.  In other words, the MN DNR firearms safety course is recognized by all 50 states. Check requirements in other states.

Firearms Safety or Hunters’ Safety.

The MN DNR firearms safety course is designed to teach safe and responsible handling and use of firearms, as well as discussing acceptable hunter etiquette, ethics and safety.  Our course concentrates heavily on the safe and conscientious use of firearms because we realize that not all students have a desire to hunt, but want to have the knowledge of how to properly use firearms.  As well, being aware of the principles of wildlife management, responsible hunting methods, hunting laws, and personal safety in the field are important to both hunters and non-hunters. (See page 3 of the Student Manual.)

Working with the students in a fun and challenging classroom setting, we promote hands on instruction of the correct use of firearms by providing many different styles of firearms in each class.  Part of every class is reserved so that students can practice safe handling of a real firearms, as well as being able to locate the many important parts of a firearm.  See more details in the “Classroom”.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

MN DNRThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conducted its first Firearms Safety Class in 1955 in response to many hunting accidents and fatalities.  Over the next two years, almost 14,000 students became certified.  Today, it is typical to have in excess of 20,000 students certified annually. 

In the earlier years, students age 12 through 15 years old were required to have a firearms safety certificate to purchase a big game license.  In 1990, the law was changed and required anyone born after December 31, 1979 to successfully complete a firearms safety course to purchase any hunting license within Minnesota.

The MN DNR trains and certifies volunteer instructors throughout the state, so that all wishing to take the firearms safety course have an opportunity to do so.  Instructors are required to meet certain background checks and maintain a high degree of professionalism promoting and teaching the course.

The firearms safety program administered by the MN DNR, Department of Enforcement has been recognized as a premier instructional course by just about every other state in the country.  In most states your firearms safety certification through the MN DNR program will be adequate to obtain a hunting license.

To learn more about the many safety courses offered through the MN DNR and specifics about the Firearms Safety course, click here.

2015 class schedule

Chaska Class:

Registration date: April 30th.

Classes: May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and June 4th, Range Test June 6th and final test June 11th.


Mound Class:

Registration date: July 29th

Classes: August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th , Range Test August 29th and final test September 2nd.

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