Hunter Safety

Wisconsin Hunter Education Course

Class Location: Ellsworth Rod & Gun

Hunter Education class will be posted for sign up on the WDNR Go Wild website ( in the first part of August. All sign up takes place on the website. Class size is limited, please sign up early.

2023 dates are coming. Check back.

Current Instructors:

  • Scott McLeod
  • Dave Voelker
  • Kris Voelker
  • Kris Wandmacher
  • Andy Thoms
  • Jason Elson
  • Chris Monett
  • Lee Wright

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Hunter education classes will be sponsored by the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

All students will be required to obtain a Wisconsin DNR Customer ID as part of their criteria to graduate from any recreational safety class and provide that WI DNR Customer ID to their instructor. Students can obtain a DNR Customer ID between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. by calling 1-888-936-7463. A parent or guardian must—without exception—accompany minors to the first class for registration. It’s suggested only students who will be 12 or older within six months of the end of class attend.

The course will consist of lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers, videos and range work. Students will be required to satisfactorily complete a workbook, field test and written test before they will be certified. Class graduates will receive a free small-game license for the year of their certification.

Certification is required for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1973, to buy a hunting license. Certification is transferable to other states.

There is a $10 registration fee for the classes. Class size is limited to the facility, which will accommodate 35.

Over 1,450 people have graduated locally from the course.