DEEP: CE/FS Program

{Hunting and Trapping Education}

Welcome to Connecticut's Conservation Education and Firearms Safety (CE/FS) Program for the education of hunters and trappers.

Conservation Education/Firearms Safety courses are administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Wildlife Division and are taught throughout the year by a dedicated corps of certified volunteer instructors. Certifications are offered in the disciplines of Firearms Hunting, Bowhunting, and Trapping.

Firearms Hunting

{Instructor with young hunter.}


Select one of the links above for a listing of available classes.

{Hunter Safety Manual Cover}

Connecticut Hunter Safety Manual
The hunter safety course manual is available for download in two ways. You can download the entire manual in one large zip file or you may download individual chapters (more info).

Tree Stand Safety
Improper use of tree stands is one of the most common causes for injuries and death to hunters in the field. For free online instruction on the proper use of tree stands and safety harnesses, go to

For more information about the CE/FS Program, contact the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011 (

The Connecticut CE/FS Program receives 75% of its funds from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program. The remaining 25% state match is derived by using the value of the services provided by the volunteer instructors. The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program is funded by the excise tax paid by sportsmen on rifles, shotgun, ammunition, handguns, and archery equipment.

{Partnering to fund conservation and connect people with nature.}

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Content last updated on October 4, 2019.