DEEP: Advanced Hunter Education

Advanced Hunter Education {Advanced Hunter Education}

The DEEP Wildlife Divisionís Conservation Education/Firearms Safety (CE/FS) Program offers hunting safety classes on firearms and archery hunting and trapping throughout the year. The classes are taught by a dedicated corps of certified volunteer instructors. The CE/FS Program is now offering Advanced Hunter Education seminars and clinics on such topics as waterfowl hunting, hunter marksmanship, small game hunting, venison processing, and wild turkey hunting. These hunting seminars and clinics are meant to expand on the knowledge and skills of hunters and anyone else who wants more information about pertinent topics in hunting. All programs are free and open to the public. Pre-registration for these seminars is currently closed. Periodically check this webpage to see when pre-registration opens. A brief description, dates, and locations of the seminars and clinics follows:
Small Game Hunting Clinic: Small game hunting is one of the most overlooked types of hunting. This clinic is designed to give hunters the tools and knowledge to hunt small game in Connecticut. Habitat, techniques, tactics, and game care will be covered. Participants will have the opportunity to skin a squirrel and receive some great recipes for preparation.
Save the Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Location: Franklin Swamp WMA, 391 Route 32, North Franklin (directions)
Save the Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Location: Sessions Woods WMA, 341 Milford Street (Route 69), Burlington (directions)
Waterfowl Hunting Seminar: Sponsored by the Connecticut Waterfowl Association (CWA), this seminar will provide participants with all of the basic information needed to get started or become a more successful waterfowl hunter! Expert instructors will provide interactive presentations on various aspects of duck and goose hunting, including decoy spreads, biology, shooting, calling, and hunting techniques.
Save the Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018
Location: To be determined.
Hunter Marksmanship Clinic: Todayís hunter understands that owning and mastering a rifle or shotgun is part of his/her hunting heritage. Whether you are a new shooter or a seasoned marksman, this clinic can help you improve your mastery of marksmanship skills. After a review of marksmanship principles, participants will be coached one-on-one; get sighted in to 100 yards; and have the opportunity to shoot from multiple shooting positions.
Save the Date: Sunday, October 14 and Saturday, October 20, 2018 (two separate clinics)
Location: Glastonbury Shooting Range in Meshomasic State Forest (both sessions will be held there; directions).
The 2018 Wild Turkey Hunting Safety and Venison Processing seminars have already taken place. New seminars will be offered in 2019.
Wild Turkey Hunting Safety Seminar: Both experienced and first-time turkey hunters stand to benefit from attending this seminar, which will provide A-Z hunting information, including safe hunting practices, specialized equipment, calls and decoys, site setup, and other strategies for harvesting turkeys. Participants will have an opportunity to pattern their shotguns for turkey hunting following classroom instruction.
Venison Processing Seminar: This seminar will take participants through all the steps from skinning a deer to packaging venison. The instructor will share cooking secrets and samples.
Content last updated on May 8, 2018.