Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
anyfishanytime

Firearms safety class

18 posts in this topic

I was wondering if anyone could give me some information about getting my son in a firearms safety class. I do not hunt but my son who just turned 13 has expressed interest in hunting and my brother-in-law who lives out in Buffalo MN is an avid hunter and said he would be willing to take him along duck hunting this fall.

We live in Eagan so would be looking for something in the south metro area.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

Doug

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Try to get going on this as the classes can and are filling up quickly.

Looks like the Eagan class is still open!

Here is a link to get you started. Also it might be a good idea for you to attend and get certified also. Or you can just sit in on the class with your son. Both good idea's if possible.

.

Attendance is key I believe you can only miss one class. Also check out the Field day dates as you will have to make that in order to get through and those are usually on the weekend.

Good Luck!

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms/index.html

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/firearms/index.html#calendar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would highly recommend all children take the course even if they never intend to use a firearm. It can go a long way toward teaching them how to respect firearms and at the same time they can learn that firearms are not something to fear.

When our oldest daughter turned 12 I told her that she would enroll. She had shown virtually zero interest in hunting or shooting sports. After completing the course she told me that she wanted to try deer hunting in the fall. At first I thought it was a fleeting thing and didn't really take it too serious. As we got closer to the deer season I asked her if she still wanted to go and she told me she did.

To make a long story short she nailed a nice 8-pointer within the first 20 minutes of opening morning and she's been going with us every year since. This will be her fourth year deer hunting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree Pier and Bob, having kids take it is great idea whether they want to hunt or not, and a smart move. And while you are there anyway, sit in on it and get the cert. Many states require it of ALL hunters nowadays, regardless of age, and it just may teach something that even non hunters/shooters may find very important some day.

I took it long ago, but sat in with my Grandson, and while some is boring to some, the kids loved it and had a good time. smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm 21 years old and just got into hunting and target shooting but don't have a firearms safety cert. Should I just find any class or are there certain classes for adults? I just don't want to show up and be the only adult there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I found a "Adult Firearm Safety Training Class - Independent Study" thing in my town...would this be a better option for me? If I understand this correctly...I would be taking the class online and then showing up for this one day class to take the test and field exam, correct?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know anything about the class you found but I'd like to offer a viewpoint about taking the class locally. I can't help but wonder what impression or example you could set for the kids if you were taking the class right along side them. Imagine you could teach them that firearms safety is important and worthwhile at any age.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I found a "Adult Firearm Safety Training Class - Independent Study" thing in my town...would this be a better option for me? If I understand this correctly...I would be taking the class online and then showing up for this one day class to take the test and field exam, correct?

Yes you are correct.

My GF took the real class as opposed to the online stuff. There were a lot of kids but also some adults. The adults were mostly women, but there were a few kids between 18-25.

If you are comfortable with guns and learned safety from your pops or something you would probably be just fine with the online course. You might pick up something important in the class though - read about the hands on experiences from other forum users in the other hunter safety thread.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I took a gun safety course this spring through Dakota County. I never had it when I was younger so I took it with my kid. Two nights a week for a month. Many parents sat in on the sessions with their kids. The instructors liked having some older people in class to offer real life scenarios to what they were trying to teach that night. I had a good time sitting in with the kids and I'm 44.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i went through my safety course when i was 23. i think it showed the young kids the importance of the course.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Originally Posted By: MinnesnowtaWild
I found a "Adult Firearm Safety Training Class - Independent Study" thing in my town...would this be a better option for me? If I understand this correctly...I would be taking the class online and then showing up for this one day class to take the test and field exam, correct?

Yes you are correct.

My GF took the real class as opposed to the online stuff. There were a lot of kids but also some adults. The adults were mostly women, but there were a few kids between 18-25.

If you are comfortable with guns and learned safety from your pops or something you would probably be just fine with the online course. You might pick up something important in the class though - read about the hands on experiences from other forum users in the other hunter safety thread.

I have gone through thousands of rounds and fired many different pistols and rifles. I know proper safety and know how guns work and different calibers. I think I will just do the online class even though I'm sure the classroom style classes are more beneficial.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

PierBridge, thanks very much for the links. I guess I did not think about taking the class with my son but that is a great idea and I am signing us both up right now.

Doug

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have to take it all over again. They seem to have lost the record and I want to hunt ducks in ND

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

were would you go to get a copy of the firearms cert. or who would you check with.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

they can check at any ELS station..or at least that is what the DNR says. In my experience your lucky if the person operating the system can do more than issue a license.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Once you have taken a certified course, boating safety, firearm safety, snowmobile safety it shows up as an endorsement on your drivers lisc. At least I have the firearms and snowmobile endorsments on my DL. Courses are regularly given at Gander, Cabelas and your local sportsmans clubs so those are places you could check for courses as well.

Tunrevir~

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just turned 40 last December.. in September I took my Class..I figured if my boys could take it and pass, I should too.

My parents were never hunters, and never gave me the chance to go..

I think every hunter in the state should take a class or some sort of refresher every 5yrs or so..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Nelson has been down in recent years in terms of Walleye fishing. Depends on what kind of water you like to fish. The flowage and Moose Lake are good if you like fishing really dark water. Grindstone and Lac Courte Oreilles, maybe even Round are also good walleye lakes, but those lakes have very clear water and will fish completely different than the dark water river impoundments in the area.
    • I think it would be an offensive and experience(post season) up grade. I all reality, we dont have the means to make the trade.  We are nearly out of money(cap space) and only have 11 players.  We need food cheap role players right now.   Only way would be to package Wiggins with future draft picks.  If the analysts are actually correct on how improved we will be, those draft pick wont carry a ton of value.
    •   Well not as many as up by the Emily-Outing area but a few.
    • Still on the fence between going with the cabin or lodge, my dad has a normal lodge and it has tons of room which is great but it also is somewhat heavy for 1 guy to load and pull it seems. I mostly fish with just 1 other person and maby 25% of the time by myself so that was why I was leaning to the cabin which also seemed to have plenty of room for 2 it seemed to me. Also from what I understand the cabin will fit in chevy crew cab box and the lodge won't? I have a 04 crew cab short box so one more incentive for the cabin if thats true.
    • Sounds perfect, thinking your guys reviews will seal the deal for me once I can see one in person again, a hyfax kit will also be on my list as I plan on pulling it behind my sportsman 570. Thanks for the review also AAmerican, it's early to be thinking ice fishing but I'm sure there's people out there like us that are a little anxious!
    • The Chippewa flowage would be a great place to start. I will be honest. Walleye are not what I have ever chosen to Target when I fish up there but the flowage is a great fishery.    Nelson lake would be another choice.
    • I have had 3 of the otter pro xt's, a cabin, lodge and resort. I still have the resort and recently purchased the cabin. I have not had many different brand portables but have fished in other brands buddies have. They are the nicest portables I have personally owned and until I try something I like more I wouldn't change from them at all. The resort is heavy and not something I like dragging far by hand especially loaded with gear and much snow on the lakes. But it has tons of room and I have fished 4 people in it before, a little tight but doable. The cabin I purchased for more hand pulling and an extra for if I have people along. They are very warm and I have fished in them down to -30 deg F. A regular buddy heater keeps them plenty warm, if it isn't to cold or the house is banked well its easily t-shirt weather inside. The resort needs a big buddy heater for colder days sometimes due to the larger size but isn't terrible with a regular. Overall very happy with them all and have been very durable. Also no dripping of water from the ceiling. Highly recommend a set of hyfax for the bottom. I had over 1000 miles pulling my old lodge and they hyfax held up great but I always pulled on snow and not across asphalt much at all.   Changes I have made to them: - added a battery box and inside LEDs  - used stainless screws on the band that hods the fabric to the tub only because I don't like the look of the rusted screws.     If you think you'll be purchasing one I would recommend stopping at a Gander Mountain if you have one near by and getting a set of hyfax since they are going out of business there is a good amount of ice gear. I found hyfax recently there for $15 a set.
    • We are on Lake Edward at WildWoods RV resort just north of Merrifield, MN. It is nice just driving up, unlocking it, playing for the weekend and locker her back up and leaving the frig on.  They let Atheists and Jesus freaks all in!
    •   My wife and I are starting to think about parking ours someplace. I'm tired of trying to get reservations and having to hook and unhook and all that goes with a weekend of camping. Plus I would like to have the toys available like 4-wheeler and boat.   We are looking at places up north. We know several people and like the Emily-Outing-Remer-Hill City area. I think you a further west, right? Brainerd area maybe?  
  • Our Sponsors