This class will be held in two Sundays and participants must attend both sessions.
Session 1: May 13
Session 2: May 20
Conservation Education/Firearms Safety (CE/FS) courses are administered by the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection's Wildlife Division and are taught throughout the year by a dedicated corps of certified volunteer instructors.
It is recommended that you enroll early in the year and not wait until a month before the hunting seasons begin. Courses fill up quickly and you may have to wait or travel a longer distance to attend a course if none are available in your town. Where courses are taught varies from town to town and includes such locations as sportsmen's clubs, community centers, schools and offices of the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. There are no fees for any of the courses and all materials are provided free of charge by the Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Program.
Description of the Basic Firearms Course
The basic Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Course (CE/FS) consists of at least 16 hours of instruction in the following topics:
Responsibility and ethics of hunters
Hunting and firearms laws
Safe and skillful use of modern firearms
Nomenclature of ammunition
Introduction to safe and skillful use of muzzleloading firearms
Marksmanship and gun handling
Introduction to safe and skillful use of bowhunting equipment
Care and use of harvested game
First aid and survival
Introduction to trapping
Wild turkey hunting safety
Hunting on water
Hunting with gundogs
In the sixteen hours of instruction, students must pass a final examination of 100 questions with 80% correct. They must demonstrate their ability to handle firearms in actual field conditions such as live firing at a range, fence crossing and removal of firearms from vehicles. This course may take more than sixteen hours depending on weather conditions and students abilities.