Minnesota Adult Hunter Safety Course


Chapter 1 Summary

Hunter Education is an important part of the sport and helps make all of us safe, ethical and responsible hunters. Let's review the important points of this chapter.

  • The Minnesota DNR is responsible for wildlife management and hunter education in the state of Minnesota. The primary goal of the agency is to help ensure future generations will have the same opportunities to enjoy wildlife, as we do today.

  • Hunter Education was created in the mid 20th Century due to growing concerns over hunting incidents. Minnesota's hunter education program began in 1947 with a course administered by the NRA. The current Minnesota Firearm Safety Hunter Education Program began in 1955.

  • All states and provinces across North America now use education standards developed by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) for their hunter education programs.

  • There are two goals we wish to obtain through hunter education. The first is to minimize the chances of hunting incidents. The second is to help the hunting tradition live on into future generations.

  • Through the success of hunter education programs, hunting is now considered one of the safest outdoor sports.

  • There are many sources of funding for hunter education, to ensure all hunters have a chance to enjoy and participate in the sport.

  • The Pittman-Robertson Act was developed in 1937. Every time you purchase hunting equipment such as firearms, archery gear or ammunition, an excise tax is collected to improve wildlife restoration projects across the nation, and to educate hunters.