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 is mandatory and opens approximately 30 days before the event. All clinics and seminars are one-day events that are offered at various locations across the state.
Venison Processing Workshop:
This workshop guides participants through all the steps of taking a deer from whole animal to freezer-ready, packaged venison. The workshop team includes a professionally trained butcher, a restaurant owner/chef, and a cadre of experienced deer hunters. Participants leave the seminar with a recipe booklet, list of processing supplies, and an enhanced understanding of how to break down a white-tailed deer. Maximum enrollment for each seminar is 50 participants. Pre-registration is REQUIRED.
Western Connecticut Venison Processing Seminar:
Where: Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, 341 Milford Street (Rte. 69), Burlington, CT 06013
When: This workshop has already taken place. Please check back next year.
Eastern Connecticut Venison Processing Seminar:
Where: Franklin Swamp Wildlife Management Area, 391 Route 32, North Franklin, CT 06254
When: This seminar is currently full. Please check back next year.
Please note: Cancelations made 72 hours prior to the beginning of the event will not affect a participant's ability to register for future CE/FS classes and events.
Wild Turkey Hunting Seminar: March 16 (Sat.), April 6 (Sat.), and April 13, 2019 (Sat.)
Both experienced and first-time turkey hunters stand to benefit from attending this seminar, which will provide 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.
Waterfowl Hunting Seminar: September 8, 2019 (Sun.)
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.
Small Game Hunting Clinic: September 14 (Sat.) and September 15, 2019 (Sun).
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.
Hunter Marksmanship Clinic: October 12 (Sat.) and October 19, 2019 (Sat.)
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.
Content last updated on February 11, 2019.