Enforcement Education

Last updated: 2014-09-30


Please check the DNR WEB SITE at www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Education Courses and instructor training sessions

If you missed a fall class and are over 18, check on-line for Adult Home Study or On-Line course information is also located at www.mndnr.gov.

Please check the DNR WEB SITE www.mndnr.gov for a current class listing of all DNR Enforcement Youth Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions. Adult Snowmobile Safety Training CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

Youth ATV Courses (12 to 15 years old) class postings for around the state are posted on the web site at www.mndnr.gov. Students are reminded that they must complete the CD portion of the course before attending the classroom portion of the course. Youth/Adult ATV Safety Training Course CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR

Reminder---anyone born after December 31st, 1979 cannot purchase a license to hunt in Minnesota without first taking a DNR Safety Training Course and receiving a certificate. In addition many states have even more stringent mandatory Hunter Education requirements. Check before you go!!!

Reminder---Any resident born after December 31st, 1976, who operates a snowmobile in Minnesota, must possess a snowmobile certificate. Two options are available to complete certification. Ages 11 and older can attend the traditional youth course. Those 16 or older can take the at home CD course.

Reminder---Anyone born after July 1st, 1987, who operates an ATV on public lands and waters in Minnesota, must successfully complete the ATV Safety Training CD course. Persons under age 16 must complete the ATV CD Course and riding component before riding on public lands. Youth/Adult ATV Training CDs are available by calling 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.

SCHEDULED INSTRUCTOR TRAINING SESSIONS
If you are 18 or older and would like to become an instructor for Snowmobile Safety, ATV Safety, Firearms Safety, Trail Ambassador or one of the Advanced Hunter programs, contact your local Conservation Officer or Regional Safety Training officer. Instructor clinics are scheduled throughout the state and are listed on the DNR Website.
See Also: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/instructors/training.html
STAFF NOTES:

NE RTO Shelly Patten set up a makeup shoot for fall in-service to be held in Duluth on October 6. Patten worked on the new FAS written exam. Patten scheduled ATV/Snowmobile Instructor training to be held in November. Patten worked with area instructors and fielded many phone calls from parents in reference to students looking for Firearms Safety classes.

West Central RTO Frank Rezac reports planning for Instructor appreciation events and upcoming Firearms Safety/Hunter Education training. Saturday he helped facilitate a firearms safety/hunter education field day in St. Cloud.

NE Metro RTO Bruce Lawrence met with firearms safety instructor at Carlos Avery WMA site to go over field day options for youth firearms field day safety training. RTO Lawrence checked along the St. Croix River for hunting activities and found a lot of people out fishing due to the warm weather conditions. RTO Lawrence answered inquiries about the firearms deer season and changes to harvest amounts versus previous years. RTO Lawrence is finding several people sending in emails to the DNR info center are waiting to get access to a firearms safety class this fall. The number of Firearms Safety classes offered is far less in the fall as compared to the spring. RTO Lawrence along with RTO Patten, continue to make updates to the FAS instructor related training program.

SW Metro Kevin Neitzke met with a firearms safety instructor about setting up an area for a range and field day. He responded to a call of an owl caught in some fishing line in a vacant metro station. RTO Neitzke answered the Turn In Poachers line on the duck opener. He also assisted with a firearms safety class in Minneapolis.

Southern RTO Dan McBroom spent the week preparing for an upcoming RTO meeting by reviewing the Peer evaluation report. Time was also spent on upcoming training for instructors and field days. Assistance was given at a HEFAS class for Amish students in the Harmony area.

Recreational Vehicle Coordinator Leland Owens last week checked duck hunters on opening day. Compliance was high, the number of ducks in hand were low. Violations witnessed included possession of lead shot and take waterfowl from permanent duck blind in public waters. An illegal burn barrel was also discovered while on patrol. Owens also completed possible final review of 14-15 Snowmobile regulations booklet. Equipment needs were handled along with work planning for upcoming training. Numerous email and phone calls related to off-highway vehicles were handled as well.

RTO PHONE NUMBERS/E-MAIL:
Rec. Vehicle Coordinator Leland Owens 763-753-1887 leland.owens@state.mn.us
NE RTO Shelly Patten 218-244-8051 shelly.patten@state.mn.us
West Central RTO Frank Rezac 320-230-8549 frank.rezac@state.mn.us
NE Metro RTO Bruce Lawrence 651-674-6184 bruce.lawrence@state.mn.us
Southern RTO Dan McBroom 507-843-2032 daniel.mcbroom@state.mn.us
NW RTO Jon Paurus 218-298-4000 jon.paurus@state.mn.us
SW Metro RTO Alex Gutierrez 651-464-7773 alex.gutierrez@state.mn.us
SW Metro Kevin Neitzke 651-463-3168 kevin.neitzke@state.mn.us

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