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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
Beresford
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    September 8, 11, 15 & 18, 2014
    6:30-9pm
    Beresford Gun Club
    Contact Nate Stukel at 605.987.2271 for more information.
    Register Online >
Columbia
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    September 10, 17 & 20, 2014
    6-9:30pm on 10th & 17th in conference room at Sand Lake Refuge
    10am-2pm on 20th at Hecla Sportsmans Club
    Online pre-registration is required
    View Flyer >
    Register Online >
Hecla
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.
Howard
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    September 11 & 14, 2014
    6-9:30pm on 11th
    12noon-6pm on 14th
    4-H Grounds
    Contact Evan Meyer at 605.579.0133 for more information.
    Register Online >
Jefferson
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    September 16, 18 & 21, 2014
    6-8:30pm on 16th & 18th
    12noon-5pm on 21st
    Jefferson Fire Hall
    Contact CO Tony Stokely at 605.677.7814 for more information.
    Register Online >
Midland
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    October 4, 2014
    Contact CO Zach Thomsen at 605.859.3006 for more information.
    Register Online >
Mitchell
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    Thursday & Friday night sessions are 6-9pm at Davison County Fair Grounds
    Saturday sessions are 9am-3pm at Mitchell Trap Club
    Registration must be done online, use link below.
    Contact CO Andy Petersen with questions: andy.petersen@state.sd.us, or 605.995.8047
    DATES:
    September 18-20, 2014
    View Flyer >
    Register Online >
Rapid City
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    Outdoor Campus-West
    Class size is limited.
    Classroom sessions (first 3 days of each class) 5:30pm-9pm, The Outdoor Campus-West
    Range Session (last day of class) 8am-11:30am, Rapid City Trap Club
    DATES:
    September 9, 10, 11 & 20, 2014
    View Flyer >
    Register Online >
  • Independent Study
    Outdoor Campus-West
    Register for this field day 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:
    September 13, 2014
    View Online Instructions >
    Waiver >
    Register Online >
Redfield
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    September 20 & 21, 2014
    11am-5pm on 20th
    1-5pm on 21th
    Redfield High School lunchroom
    Contact Bob Schutte at 605.472.2142(e), or Daryl Schutte at 605.302.0035(e)
    Register Online >
Sioux Falls
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    The Outdoor Campus
    6:15-9:30pm on tues. & thurs.
    8am-2pm on saturdays
    View Flyer >
    Register Online >
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    The Outdoor Campus
    DATES:
    September 16, 18, 20, 2014
    View Flyer >
    Register Online >
  • 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 >

Spearfish
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    September 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2014
    6-9:15pm on 22nd
    6:30-9:15pm on 23rd, 24th & 25th
    Snappers Club
    Contact Mike Apland at 605.642.6057 for more information.
    Register Online >
Watertown
  • Regular HuntSAFE Courses
    September 25, 26 & 27, 2014
    6-9pm on 25th & 26th at City Auditorium
    1-5pm on the 27th at City Auditorium/Trap & Skeet Range
    Limited to 70 students
    Register Online >
 
Beresford
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    September 8, 11, 15 & 18, 2014
    6:30-9pm
    Beresford Gun Club
    Contact Nate Stukel at 605.987.2271 for more information.
    Register Online >
Columbia
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    September 10, 17 & 20, 2014
    6-9:30pm on 10th & 17th in conference room at Sand Lake Refuge
    10am-2pm on 20th at Hecla Sportsmans Club
    Online pre-registration is required
    View Flyer >
    Register Online >
Hecla
Classes
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.
Howard
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    September 11 & 14, 2014
    6-9:30pm on 11th
    12noon-6pm on 14th
    4-H Grounds
    Contact Evan Meyer at 605.579.0133 for more information.
    Register Online >
Jefferson
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    September 16, 18 & 21, 2014
    6-8:30pm on 16th & 18th
    12noon-5pm on 21st
    Jefferson Fire Hall
    Contact CO Tony Stokely at 605.677.7814 for more information.
    Register Online >
Midland
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    October 4, 2014
    Contact CO Zach Thomsen at 605.859.3006 for more information.
    Register Online >
Mitchell
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    Thursday & Friday night sessions are 6-9pm at Davison County Fair Grounds
    Saturday sessions are 9am-3pm at Mitchell Trap Club
    Registration must be done online, use link below.
    Contact CO Andy Petersen with questions: andy.petersen@state.sd.us, or 605.995.8047
    DATES:
    September 18-20, 2014
    View Flyer >
    Register Online >
Rapid City
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    Outdoor Campus-West
    Class size is limited.
    Classroom sessions (first 3 days of each class) 5:30pm-9pm, The Outdoor Campus-West
    Range Session (last day of class) 8am-11:30am, Rapid City Trap Club
    DATES:
    September 9, 10, 11 & 20, 2014
    View Flyer >
    Register Online >
  • Independent Study
    Outdoor Campus-West
    Register for this field day 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:
    September 13, 2014
    View Online Instructions >
    Waiver >
    Register Online >
Redfield
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    September 20 & 21, 2014
    11am-5pm on 20th
    1-5pm on 21th
    Redfield High School lunchroom
    Contact Bob Schutte at 605.472.2142(e), or Daryl Schutte at 605.302.0035(e)
    Register Online >
Sioux Falls
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    The Outdoor Campus
    6:15-9:30pm on tues. & thurs.
    8am-2pm on saturdays
    View Flyer >
    Register Online >
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    The Outdoor Campus
    DATES:
    September 16, 18, 20, 2014
    View Flyer >
    Register Online >
  • 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 >

Spearfish
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Course
    September 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2014
    6-9:15pm on 22nd
    6:30-9:15pm on 23rd, 24th & 25th
    Snappers Club
    Contact Mike Apland at 605.642.6057 for more information.
    Register Online >
Watertown
Classes
  • Regular HuntSAFE Courses
    September 25, 26 & 27, 2014
    6-9pm on 25th & 26th at City Auditorium
    1-5pm on the 27th at City Auditorium/Trap & Skeet Range
    Limited to 70 students
    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