Self-Study Firearms Hunter Safety Course 

Connecticut’s self-study format for the Firearms Hunter Safety Course requires at-home completion of hunter education from one of two approved sites (outlined below), and successful completion of an in-person field day. The field day is approximately 8 hours and includes both classroom and field exercises. Registration is mandatory and limited to a pre-determined number of students for each location. Register Here  

  • Completion of online hunter education from one of the following: 
    • NRA (Cost: free): Navigate to and follow the links to Connecticut. 
    • (Cost: $19.95): Navigate to and follow the links to Connecticut. 
  • After successful completion of online content, register for a self-study field day. You must bring a printed copy of your online course completion certificate from either or with you to the field day; you will not be allowed to participate if you do not have the certificate with you. 
  • Firearms and ammunition will be provided at the field day. DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN FIREARMS OR AMMUNITION OF ANY KIND TO THE CLASS
  • Students must demonstrate safe firearm handling skills and pass a 50 question multiple choice exam. 
  • Wear weather and season appropriate clothing. Footwear must be closed toe and suitable for wet and/or muddy conditions. 
  • Minimum age to attend is 10 years old. All students under 18 years of age must be registered and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The parent or guardian must sign the student registration card at the field day. 
  • Many facilities are not located near food options. It is recommended students bring a bagged lunch.

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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Content last updated on March 3, 2022