Online firearms safety hunter course now available
Minnesota residents 18 or older can now take the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) firearms safety hunter education course online.
The new training option includes a virtual field day that emphasizes responsible fun handling and hunting safety. Students who complete the course are issued a voucher that they can use to complete their certification immediately or attend an instructor-led field day.
"This will greatly increase certification accessibility to working adults and military personnel who traditionally have conflicts trying to schedule a multi-week classroom course," said Captain Mike Hammer, DNR enforcement education program coordinator.
Minnesota and Iowa are the first states to offer this option for adults. The online course takes about nine hours to complete and is interactive with narration, quizzes and a final exam.
Both the main course and field day include a virtual range where students can shoot various firearms and action types at a variety of targets and distances. There is even instruction on how to properly sight-in rifles and pattern a shotgun.
"This is a great addition to our computer-based adult safety training programs," Hammer said. "We think it will be a huge success and create even more safe hunters."
For a link to the course, go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms_isa/index.html.