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Minnesota Hunting Laws and Regulations

Who is required to complete hunter education in Minnesota?

According to Minnesota law, first-time hunters or hunters who do not have a hunting license issued from another state or province within the past two years must complete hunter education certification in order to hunt in Minnesota.

Is completion of the Minnesota state agency-approved course required in order to buy a license?

Yes. In order to buy a license, Minnesota requires that all first-time hunters must complete a course approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and IHEA-USA.

Elsewhere

Hunting education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Reciprocity

All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Minnesota Hunter Education Certificate. Likewise, Minnesota will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA-USA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

What Makes a Course Approved?

To be approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a course must teach hunters to become:

  • Safe (by following all hunting safety rules)
  • Responsible (about hunting, wildlife, conservation, and hunting laws)
  • Knowledgeable (by knowing and demonstrating acceptable behavior and attitudes while hunting)
  • Involved (in joining and participating in hunting and conservation organizations)

Meets IHEA-USA Standards

This Minnesota Hunter Ed online hunting education course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by IHEA-USA and meets the requirements of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hunter safety mandate.

About the Standards

In 1999 the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) adopted a set of performance guidelines for basic hunter education courses. These standards have been used internationally by hunter education administrators to evaluate minimum core content in hunter education courses. Industry partners, including the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Hunter Ed, have used the revised standards to develop new student manuals and alternative delivery methods for hunter education.

Our Commitment to Hunter Education

Hunter Ed is committed to making sure Minnesota hunter education students learn the skills and information needed to have a safe, successful, and fun hunt. We strive to ensure this Minnesota online hunter safety course helps you become a more knowledgeable and ethical hunter. Educated hunters play an important role in making Minnesota a leader in conservation and wildlife management.

We accomplish that goal by working with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and IHEA-USA to produce a course that’s accurate, interesting, and easy to understand.

As a new hunter, you can be proud of your contributions to wildlife conservation and your role as a steward of our natural resources.

Get Certified Online!

The Minnesota Hunter Ed Course is no longer open to new registrants. You can take the Minnesota-approved course at HUNTERcourse.com.

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