DEEP: CE/FS Program - CT Wildlife Division

{Hunting and Trapping Education}

Welcome to Connecticut's Conservation Education and Firearms Safety Program - for the education of hunters and trappers. The goals of the CE/FS program are:

  • To teach hunters and trappers proper ethics, firearms safety, and wildlife conservation.
  • To maintain hunting and trapping as safe activities, enjoyable, and available to citizens of Connecticut.

These courses on hunting and trapping help to ensure that safe and ethical practices continue throughout our state. The CE/FS program promotes hunter ethics and fair chase, hunter responsibility, and landowner relations. Join the ranks of today's hunter and trapper education graduates who are helping to preserve the future of these longstanding traditions in Connecticut's great outdoors.

Firearms Hunting
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Self Study
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Firearms Accreditation
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Select one of the links above for a listing of available classes.


ATTENTION SPRING TURKEY HUNTERS: The Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Program will be holding two Wild Turkey Hunting Safety Seminars where both experienced and first-time turkey hunters can prepare for the upcoming spring turkey season. Topics to be covered in the seminars include safe hunting practices; use of specialized equipment, calls, and decoys; site set-up; and other strategies for harvesting turkeys. A Wildlife Division biologist will present information about wild turkey biology, population trends, and management history in Connecticut. Participants will have an opportunity to pattern their shotguns for turkey hunting following classroom discussion. To do so, participants must bring the shotgun they intend to use for the spring turkey season, ammunition, a shotgun choke appropriate for turkey hunting, and eye and ear protection. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED -- please call the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3015 or 860-424-3007 (Monday-Friday, from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM) to pre-register for one of these FREE seminars:
  • Saturday, April 2, from 8:00 AM-2:00 PM, at the Fairfield County Fish and Game Protective Association, 310 Hammertown Road in Monroe.
  • Sunday, April 24, from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM, at the DEEP Wildlife Division's Franklin Wildlife Management Area, 391 Route 32 in North Franklin.

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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 (

{Logo} 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 24, 2016.