DEEP is excited to be getting back to our new normal consistent with the direction of Governor Lamont and as a result of the rapidly improving COVID-19 situation in Connecticut. Starting no later than June 1, all customer facing services will resume normal business operations. For detailed information for what this means at DEEP and for the public we serve, visit our "New Normal" website: DEEP New Normal Information

Public Shooting Opportunities

Please be advised, opportunities may be further restricted or canceled due to COVID-19 precautions. Check location's website before you go.

Rifle Marksmanship

State Shooting Ranges

Trap or target shooting on any state property or public hunting area is prohibited unless the area is a designated shooting range. Four state-owned public shooting ranges are available for target shooting, patterning shotguns, and sighting in rifles.

Glastonbury Public Shooting Range - Meshomasic State Forest, Glastonbury. Entry at Toll Gate Road. Paper targets only, clay targets not allowed. No range fees. Reservations requiredCurrently Closed due to COVID - 19.

High Rock Cooperative Shooting Range - Naugatuck State Forest, Naugatuck. Operated by the High Rock Shooting Association, Inc. Range hours: Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm (check website for scheduled closures). Range fee: $5.00 for the first hour and $5.00 per hour thereafter. No clay targets allowed. State pistol permit required to shoot handguns. Call 203-720-1101 or check the High Rock Shooting Association website for information.

Nye Holman Field Archery Range - Nye Holman State Forest, Tolland, Rte. 74. Entrance on South River Road. Field course available to public at all times unless otherwise posted. Field points only, arrows with broadheads are strictly prohibited.

Wooster Mountain State Park Cooperative Shooting Range - Wooster Mountain State Park, Danbury. Operated by the Danbury Shooting Sports Association. Located on Route 7, approximately two miles south of the Danbury Mall. Clay target shooting allowed. Call 203-794-9821 or check the Wooster Mountain Shooting Range website for the daily time and fee schedule.

Private Shooting Ranges

The following ranges are private sporting clubs and offer limited opportunity for the public with requirements varying by location. The DEEP is not always aware of hours of availability, costs, and/or requirements. Please contact the operator directly with any questions.

If your club/range offers public shooting hours you would like reflected here, please email

Manchester Sportsmen's Association - 612 Merrow Rd. Coventry. Open to the public Wednesday 6pm-8pm, Sunday at 10am for Skeet and Trap fields. Email or visit for fees, requirements, and other information.

Content last updated on May 14, 2021