Enforcement Education

Last updated: 2016-05-24

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 the Online course information, 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 and Adult Snowmobile Safety Courses and instructor training sessions.

Please direct questions to 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 take the online course and hands-on day or attend the traditional youth course. Those 16 or older can take the online 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 online course. Persons under age 16 must complete the ATV online Course and riding component before riding on public lands. Please direct questions to 1-800-366-8917 or 1-888-MINNDNR.


If you are 18 or older and would like to become an instructor for Snowmobile Safety, ATV Safety, Firearms Safety, Trail Ambassador, 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


NE RTO Shelly Patten worked at Camp Ripley for CO qualifications and annual training. Patten completed background checks on new instructors. Patten taught an ATV safety youth class and ATV instructor training in Silver Bay. Fourteen students were certified and 10 new instructors were certified. Thanks for the extra help from CO?s Schottenbauer and Wahlstrom. Patten also handled a few nuisance animal calls while local officers were at Ripley training. One involved a bear and a bee farm and another involved a beaver dam on state land affecting private property.

West Central RTO Frank Rezac reports assisting with Officer Use of Force Training at Camp Ripley and working on plans for upcoming Use of Force Training. Planning was also done for upcoming volunteer instructor appreciation banquets. ATV instructor recertification training was done with an area instructor and instructor background checks completed. Thursday RTO Rezac facilitated a volunteer instructor forum in North Branch. Saturday RTO Rezac helped facilitate a women?s/youth Hunter Education/Firearms Safety Field Day at Carlos Avery.

SW Metro Kevin Neitzke assisted with conservation officer firearms qualifications at Camp Ripley. He worked on instructor training materials. RTO Neitzke worked on instructor backgrounds checks. He also returned emails and phone calls regarding instructor training class registrations and safety program questions.

Southern RTO Dan McBroom spent three days at Camp Ripley assisting with spring qualification shoots. HEFAS instructor training was conducted at Morristown. Time was also spent on instructor backgrounds.

NW RTO Jeff Halverson assisted the Staples PD and Fire Dept. with taking all Staples Motley 4th Graders to ?Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs?. Halverson gave a safety /law talk and helped with the fishing. Most of the kids caught fish on a great day on Lake Shamineau. Many bear complaints coming in with bear taking down bird feeders, tipping over trash cans and dumpsters. This spring many bears are visiting residence and don?t seem to be afraid of humans. Halverson assisted with annual training at Camp Ripley. Halverson gave law talk and assisted with driving course at the Staples ATV Class.

Recreational Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence assisted with spring in-service conservation officer training at Camp Ripley. The in-service training involved use of taser training and firearms qualifications. RTO Lawrence assisted with a women?s only firearms safety field day at the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area headquarters. RTO Lawrence responded to questions on ATV operation on roads and registration of off-road vehicles. RTO Lawrence participated with a nationwide conference call on snowmobile safety with several northern states and Canada.

NE RTO Shelly Patten 218-553-1676 shelly.patten@state.mn.us
West Central RTO Frank Rezac 320-552-3948 frank.rezac@state.mn.us
Southern RTO Dan McBroom 507-251-0041 daniel.mcbroom@state.mn.us
SW Metro Kevin Neitzke 651-463-3168 kevin.neitzke@state.mn.us
Rec Vehicle Coordinator Bruce Lawrence 763-267-8534 bruce.lawrence@state.mn.us

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