Conservation Education/Firearms Safety
Self Study Course
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The Self Study Firearms Course is an option for first-time students who wish to obtain a hunting license. It includes an online student training program available for a fee of $13 (payable by credit card or PayPal) from www.hunteredcourse.com
and a Self Study Field Day of approximately 8 hours at a location listed on the Course Schedule
. At the Field Day, the student must submit a signed copy of the certificate of completion from the online course. The Self Study Field Day consists of lectures, gun handling activities, live fire, and examinations. Minimum age for students: must be 10 years old by the last day of class. If a student is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must be present to sign the youth's registration card before the course starts.
Youths may take the firearms course at age 10, but cannot acquire a hunting license until age 12. (Self Study Course Schedule
Requirements for the Self Study Firearms Course
- Complete the Online Student Training Course from www.hunteredcourse.com (see instructions for accessing and using the site) prior to the Self Study Field Day and bring proof of this to the field day. You will not be admitted to the field day training without a printed certificate of completion from the online course.
- Review and study the information at the following web pages:
- CT DEEP Hunting and Trapping Page
- 2018 CT Hunting and Trapping Guide
- Tree Stand Safety Information
- Lyme Disease Brochure (pdf) at www.ct.gov/dph
- Review and study the regulation “Control of Actions and Behavior of Hunters” (pdf). There will be an exam at the Field Day on this information, which you must pass with a score of 100%.
- Demonstrate the ability to handle firearms in actual field conditions at the Field Day, such as fence crossing and removing firearms from vehicles.
- Demonstrate shooting ability by firing a .22 caliber rifle or a 20 gauge shotgun. Firearms and ammunition will be provided at the Field Day. DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN FIREARMS.
- Pass the CE/FS Firearms multiple-choice final exam at the Field Day with a score of 80% or better.
A CE/FS Hunter Education Certificate of completion will be mailed to passing students approximately two weeks after the course has ended.
|Self Study Course Field Dates
|Pre-registration is Mandatory |
|You must complete all aspects of the Self Study or Firearms Accreditation Course before attending a field date.|
Register/View Class Schedule
Instructions for the Online Student Training from HunterEdCourse:
- Go to the following website: www.hunteredcourse.com
- Click on the green box that says “Select your State” and then click on the Connecticut icon.
- Click on the white box that says "$13/Buy Now."
- On the “Course Catalog” page, click on the shopping cart/$13.00 icon.
- Click on the green box that says “Proceed to your cart.”
- Select "Proceed to Checkout" to purchase the course.
- You will be prompted to create your own new account, including your unique username and password.
- You will see a page confirming your transaction and showing your username and password. You may select “Log in Now” to access the course (by entering your unique username and password in the log-in box).
- When you complete the enrollment page, you will receive an email message that confirms your unique username and password and also information on the course.
- If you return at a later date to start training or to continue a partially completed course, you must log in with your unique username and password at: www.hunteredcourse.com.
- Registration will be limited to a pre-determined number of applicants for each session.
- All students under 18 years of age must be registered by a parent or legal guardian. The parent or guardian must sign the student registration card at the Field Day.
- In the case of inclement weather, an alternate date for the Field Day will be scheduled.
For more information, call the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011
||The Connecticut CE/FS Program receives 75% of its funds from the Pittman-Robertson Program. The remaining 25% state match is derived by using the value of the services provided by the volunteer instructors. The Pittman-Robertson Program is funded by the excise tax paid by sportsmen on rifles, shotgun, ammunition, handguns and archery equipment.|
Content last updated on February 9, 2018.