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Hunter mentors, safety instructors needed for program

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for people who would like to pass on to others their passion for hunting by serving as volunteer instructor/mentors for the DNR's Firearms Safety Hunter Education Program.

The goal is to have 10 instructors/mentors in every community across the state.

Instructors/mentors work with a group of three or four students ages 11 and older during a 5-6 hour Range and Field Day. The field day allows the youth to complete their certification process after taking the Hunter Exam online course.

Activities on the Hunters Trail include outdoor survival, shoot/don't shoot, tree stand safety, firearms transportation, common action types, blaze orange, big game, small game and turkey hunting. Instructors must either join an existing training team or find a suitable site that includes a range, a classroom, and ample outdoor space to create a Hunters Trail.

Instructor/mentor requirements include an understanding of the basic principles of mentorship; of facilitating scenarios; of various types of hunting activities; and of the principles of safe, responsible and ethical hunting.

Applicants must be 18 years or older and pass a background check. They must also complete the instructor prerequisites listed on the DNR website, along with additional All Day Range and Field Day training by a DNR trainer and receive instructor certification.

For more information, contact call 800-366-8917, or e-mail