Connecticut Hunter Education 

Welcome to Connecticut's Conservation Education and Firearms Safety (CE/FS) Program – for the education of hunters and trappers.

Conservation Education/Firearms Safety courses are administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Wildlife Division and are taught throughout the year by a dedicated corps of certified volunteer instructors. Certifications are offered in the disciplines of Firearms Hunting, Bowhunting, and Trapping. Please note: Course registration is limited to a pre-determined number of students for each location.

Hunter Education Course Offerings:

Traditional Firearms Hunter Safety This in-person course includes both classroom instruction and field exercises. The course is two full days of instruction but may be broken down into smaller sessions over more than two days. All sessions must be attended.

Self-Study Firearms Hunter Safety This course requires students to first complete one of two approved online firearms hunter education courses before attending a full day of in-person instruction, covering classroom material and field exercises.


Bowhunter Safety- This 6-hour minimum in-person course includes both classroom and field exercises.


Basic and Land Trapping - This in-person course consists of a full day of instruction, including classroom materials and field exercises. Graduates will receive both the Basic Trapping certification and Land Trapping Certification, allowing the purchase of a trapping license and those with a valid trapping license to participate in the coyote land trapping certification.


Licenses and Permits: Online Outdoor Licensing

For more information about the CE/FS Program, contact the Wildlife Division at 860-424-3011 (

Hunter Safety Manual CoverConnecticut 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.

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


The Connecticut CE/FS Program receives 75% of its funds from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program. The remaining 25% state match is derived by using the value of the services provided by the volunteer instructors. The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program is funded by the excise tax paid by sportsmen on rifles, shotgun, ammunition, handguns, and archery equipment.

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This program receives federal financial assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility, or if you need more information, please write to:
Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights
U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240

Content last updated on April 22, 2024.