Join a club, it's well worth it.
Most clubs have a higher first year fee (especially clubs where you get a share of the land). After that, it's a no brainer.
I love my club. Have a blast there ALL the time (literally.... and figuratively!).
I joined when I was a Middletown resident and it is about 20-25 minute drive. Only about ten minutes more than going to the turnpike. That being said, I get access to pistol, rifle, trap, skeet, archery (with a large stand with several target bases), a trail for hunting birds (haven't used that perk yet), a clubhouse, a clubhouse that has a bar on weekends (after you shoot of course!!!).
Cost was 450. the first year, 200. every year thereafter. Hell, I would spend the first year on two months of range time!!!
So, I'd look to a club indeed if you really like to shoot. Check the clubs website and see if they have open enrollment. Our club still has spots available. If you would like to check it out, PM me and maybe we can arrange a date.
This would be a good opportunity for anyone else to post if their clubs are near central CT and have any openings as well.