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South Dakota's HuntSAFE (Safety And Firearms Education) courses are designed for persons age 12 through 15.

Persons who are 11 may participate, but will not be issued a Hunter Safety certification card until their 12th birthday, unless the card is clearly marked that the card is not valid until the person's 12th birthday. However, if a student's 12th birthday falls on or between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, he/she may be issued a card and is eligible to obtain a license and hunt beginning Sept. 1 of that year.

Adults are also welcome and invited to attend.

There are three primary objectives for courses:
  1. To teach safe handling of firearms, in the home as well as in the field.
  2. To develop safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunters who are aware of our hunting heritage and who understand the hunter's role and relationship with the wildlife and the land.
  3. To certify persons under the age of 16, making them eligible to apply for hunting licenses.
  4. HuntSAFE Liability Waiver

The goal of our HuntSAFE courses is to teach young hunters safe handling of firearms, in the home as well as in the field. We also want to develop safe, responsible hunters who are aware of our hunting heritage and who understand the hunter's role and relationship with wildlife and the land, as well as certify persons under the age of 16 to make them eligible to apply for hunting licenses.More course details...

HuntSAFE Courses

Classes are usually scheduled March-October by volunteer instructors. Information is updated on this page as classes are scheduled.
All Classes - Alphabetical Order
Hitchcock/Tulare
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3 & 4, 2014
    8am-10am (online) on
    19th, 26th & Oct. 3
    8am-2pm on Oct 4th. Field day
    First 3 days are available online through the Hitchock/Tulare school, if you are not connected to the school please call to register 605.266.2172 after September 1st.
    Contact CO Chris Kuntz at 605.353.7146 for more info.
Midland
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    October 4, 2014
    Contact CO Zach Thomsen at 605.859.3006 for more information.
    Register Online >
Murdo
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    October 8-11, 2014
    Jones County Sportsman's Club
    Contact CO Michael McKernan at 605.669.2829 for more information.
    Register Online >
Sioux Falls
  • Independent Study

    Register for this field day online first to assure your attendance, then complete the online portion BEFORE the field day.
    NOTE: A student CANNOT attend the last day of a regular HuntSAFE course to complete the field day portion.
    DATES:
    October 25, 2014 at Clay Bird Shotgun Sports
    November 8, 2014 at Clay Bird Shotgun Sports
    View Online Instructions >
    Register Online >

 
Hitchcock/Tulare
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3 & 4, 2014
    8am-10am (online) on
    19th, 26th & Oct. 3
    8am-2pm on Oct 4th. Field day
    First 3 days are available online through the Hitchock/Tulare school, if you are not connected to the school please call to register 605.266.2172 after September 1st.
    Contact CO Chris Kuntz at 605.353.7146 for more info.
Midland
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    October 4, 2014
    Contact CO Zach Thomsen at 605.859.3006 for more information.
    Register Online >
Murdo
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    October 8-11, 2014
    Jones County Sportsman's Club
    Contact CO Michael McKernan at 605.669.2829 for more information.
    Register Online >
Sioux Falls
Classes
  • Independent Study

    Register for this field day online first to assure your attendance, then complete the online portion BEFORE the field day.
    NOTE: A student CANNOT attend the last day of a regular HuntSAFE course to complete the field day portion.
    DATES:
    October 25, 2014 at Clay Bird Shotgun Sports
    November 8, 2014 at Clay Bird Shotgun Sports
    View Online Instructions >
    Register Online >

HuntSAFE ID Card

Students who successfully complete a HuntSAFE course receive an identification card containing their name, date of certification, a certification number and the signature of the instructor.

Until the student is 16, a parent or guardian must present the HuntSAFE certification card to a license vendor when purchasing the young person's hunting license.

The parent or guardian agrees, by signing the license application, to accompany the student in the field while he or she is hunting until they are 16.

Replacing your HuntSAFE ID Card

If you ever completed a HUNT SAFE course in South Dakota, you can replace your card online, or send your name, full mailing address and date of birth to: wildinfo@state.sd.us

You can print your own replacement card from the online system. Allow a minimum of two weeks for delivery for mail-in requests.

Contact

If you have questions about courses or your certification card, please contact us.

GFP-HuntSAFE Coordinator
20641 SD Hwy 1806
Fort Pierre, SD 57532
605.223.7700
Email - Wildinfo@state.sd.us