Hunting Safety

All safety courses have been suspended for the immediate future.  As soon as new classes are approved, they will be posted here, so please check back again for any updates.  Classes are available online at

Hunter Safety Classes are offered by the Oakland Co​unty Sheriff's Office at no charge. The next available course will be announced summer of 2020, and is expected to be in the month of August.  Please check back then for class dates and times.  The class will be held at the Sheriff's Administration Building: 1200 N. Telegraph, Bldg. 38 East, Pontiac, MI.

Successful completion of the course requires the full 10 hours and a test at the end.  Certification will be issued upon completing the course and passing the test.

To sign up for the course please call 248-858-7831.

Children under 12 years old should be accompanied by an adult.

**Please note:  Scheduling is done on Thursdays and Fridays, if you leave a voic mail message it will be returned on one of those days in the order it was received.**

All individuals born after January 1, 1960 must present their hunter safety certificate or previous hunting license to purchase a license.

Hunter Safety Tips

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Be certain of your target, and what's beyond it.
  • Keep your finger outside the trigger guard and off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • All firearm hunters on any land during daylight hunting hours must wear a hat, cap, vest, jacket, rainwear, or other outer garment of Hunter Orange visible from all sides.
  • All hunters, including archers, must comply during gun season.
  • Camouflage Hunter Orange is legal provided 50% of the surface area is solid Hunter Orange.
    (Exceptions: waterfowl, crow, and wild turkey hunters, and bow hunters for deer during open archery season).
  • Michigan requires 50% of a Camouflage Hunter Orange garment be open Hunter Orange.
  • Control your emotions when hunting or shooting.
  • Always let someone know where you are hunting and when you plan on returning.

 Staying Safe While Hunting

See also:
Staying Safe While Hunting​ (Podcast)