Hunter Safety Classes

Learn more on the Michigan DNR website. Check our calendar for field day dates.

The Hunter Safety Program at the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club began in the 1960’s before it was mandatory. There was only one class a year back then but it was well attended due to the number of parents that wanted their children to learn the way to handle firearms safely while hunting with their family. By the time Hunter Safety was required to get a first license in the 1970s, CR&G was there to meet the challenge holding classes twice a year by State certified instructors and a visit from the local Conservation Officer, Craig Whales.

Chelsea Rod and Gun Club provides the classes free of charge and all of our instructors are volunteers. Classes are posted on the Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) website, and are advertised in the Spring and Fall Community Ed. fliers. Books for the class are provided by Community Education and must be picked up in advance of the class.

Please see our calendar for the class schedule. Classes are usually scheduled for the months of April, August, September, and October.

INTERNET STUDENTS: If you have completed an Internet Hunter Safety Course for the State of Michigan, you are welcome to come to our class for the field day portion. Please contact our Hunter Safety Director Stu Kenewell @ (734) 498-2160 or email: [email protected] a least 3 days in advance. Note: Internet students under 16 years of age may be required to take the exam portion of the class at the Discretion of the Hunter Safety Director.


View photos of some of our Hunter Safety classes in the photo gallery.

What to Expect:

  • All Classes occur on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Students must attend both days, and pass the exam and field test to receive a Hunter Safety Certificate. (with the exception Internet Students see note above.)
  • Hunter Safety Certificates are provided immediately at the end of the class for students that obtain a passing grade in the class.
  • All students must have a signed consent form to participate in the class, including adult students.
  • Students of any age can not be refused registration. However, students under 10 years of age must be accompanied by a parent during the entire class. Also Note: the reading material and exam for the course may be above the reading and comprehension level of students younger than 10 years old. It is strongly recommended that the parents of these students aid them with the study materials prior to and during the class.
  • Adults are welcome to take the class, and parents of children are welcome to enjoy the class time with their students. Please note however that seating is limited, and students will be given priority.
  • Students experience hands-on training and live fire with both a .22 Cal. Rifle, and a 20 Gauge Shotgun.
  • All firearms and ammunition are provided by the CR&C, please do not bring firearms from home.
  • Hearing and eye protection is also provided. However, students may bring their own provided they are adequate and in working condition.
  • Dress for the weather on the Sunday field exercise. Do not wear inadequate clothing or footwear. Open toed shoes, sandals, or flip-flops will not be permitted to wear during the field exercise.
  • Please bring a lunch for both class days. The CR&G does not provide lunches for the students, nor is there any vending available. However, a refrigerator and microwave are available for storing or heating lunches.