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DNR Youth Firearm Safety

The Oakdale Gun Club typically hosts one FAS course per month, from March through September each year. Oakdale Gun Club offers DNR hunter safety classes monthly through August. Classes are registered with the DNR and open for registration one month in advance. Please check the DNR website for for details of each class. You may also go to the DNR’s current Firearm Safety class schedule for the start dates of classes held at OGC, as well as other locations in the area.

Note: Please do not call the club for information regarding FAS courses. At this time, sending an email youth@oakdalegunclub.org is the fastest, most effective way to find out more about Oakdale Gun Club’s current course offerings. Thank you.

Additional Options for Firearms Safety:

While you probably know that anyone born on or after January 1, 1980, must pass this state exam before being allowed to buy a Minnesota hunting license, you may not realize that Firearms Safety Certification is “not just for kids anymore.” Increasingly, other states require ALL non-resident hunters, including adults, to show proof of safety certification. Due to the overwhelming demand for our Firearm Safety courses, we have decided to limit participation in the classroom portion to children only, meaning anyone under the age of 18. Parents of children enrolled in a course may attend as well, and are welcome to take the written test as well as participate in the field walk and course of fire to obtain their FAS Certificate as well, but the courses will focus on the kids needs & their questions.

If you are 18 or older and wish to obtain your FAS Certificate, you have a few options:

  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources keeps a list of all hunter safety classes being taught everywhere in the state. You will find the list is on this web page: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms/index.html. Look through this list and see if you can get into another class in your area.
  • Persons 16 years of age or older can now take the Independent Study for Adults option. This enables you to complete the classroom portion of the training on your own, however, you still must arrange to take the test with a certified firearms safety instructor. For more information, see this web page: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms_isa/index.html
  • You may qualify for the Apprentice Hunter Validation program. This is a special, one-year, one-time only exemption for hunters who will be hunting alongside an experienced hunter. (Generally, for children hunting for the first time with their parents.) For more information about Apprentice Hunter Validation, see this webpage: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/apprentice/index.html

For a list of other Hunter Safety Certification programs in the Twin Cities metro area, check the Minnesota DNR web site or call the Minnesota DNR at 1-800-366-8917.

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