A hunter education course must be completed if a person has never had a hunting license or has no record of a previous license or hunter education. (Since 2017 the Apprentice License allows issuance of a license without proof of hunter education or previous license - restrictions apply.)
NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 THE REGULAR HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAM IS MODIFIED AT THIS TIME. SEE INFORMATION AT TOP OF PAGE.
As a member of the International Hunter Education Association, the NJ Hunter Education program prepares students to recognize, understand, and accept the serious responsibilities of hunting. Having safe and ethical hunters in the field is fundamental to the sport. To accomplish this, there are two courses: Archery and Firearms. Each course has two components: a home-study portion and the live-fire range session.
Home study allows students to learn the "classroom" material at their own pace and then attend the live-fire range session.
All students must attend the live-fire range session to complete the course.
Hunters who wish to use a rifle/muzzleloader who did not previously complete the Rifle Hunter Education Course (discontinued) must now complete the Firearms Course to obtain a Rifle Permit. Trapping classes, when scheduled, are posted on the Trapping Information page.
THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THE COURSE.
The live-fire range sessions are offered at locations throughout New Jersey through November.
HOW TO COMPLETE THE NJ HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAM
After completing HunterCourse.com log in to see the course schedule and register for a Hunter Education live-fire range session. Register for Firearms, Archery or both (requires a separate registration for each at different times - DO NOT REGISTER FOR BOTH AT THE SAME TIME!). Registration will open the last week of July. Be sure to use the student’s CID number.
Supplemental Presentations Included In Current HunterCourse.com Program:
State Hunter Training Areas
To use any state Hunter Training Area (practice range) at least one person in a group is required to have a valid hunting license. Anyone under 13 must be under direct adult supervision.
These ranges are provided by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Hunter Education Program through federal funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program. The federal funds are derived from manufacturers via an excise tax on guns, ammunition and archery equipment.
After the Course
Upon completion of a hunter education field session and passing the written exam (and bow proficiency test if applicable) registered students are issued their course completion card. When the card is presented to a license agent those 10 to 15 years of age are issued a free Youth License. (NOTE: Youths ages 10 to 13 must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult 21 years of age or older while hunting.) Those age 16 and older are eligible to purchase the license(s) for which they have proof of their course completion.
Youth Hunting Opportunities
The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s popular Take a Kid Hunting Program is designed to provide a quality hunting experience for properly licensed youth hunters. See the Take a Kid Hunting Program page for details.
Duplicate Hunter Education Cards
If you completed a hunter education course and need a duplicate card see the Duplicate Hunter Education Card page.
New Jersey's Hunter Education Program relies on the dedication of trained volunteer instructors. If interested complete and fax (908-735-5689) or mail (NJ DFW - Hunter Education, 26 Rt. 173W, Hampton, NJ 08827) the application form (pdf, 90kb).
Hunter education courses are offered FREE by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. The training, classroom and range rental fees, books, equipment and ammunition are funded through the Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration Act, commonly called the Pittman-Robertson Act. This law imposes an excise tax, paid by the manufacturer, on all sporting arms, ammunition, archery equipment and hand-guns. The funds are distributed to the states by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Anyone seeking accommodations for a physical or learning disability, or a foreign language interpreter, should contact the Hunter Education Office at 856-629-0552 or toll-free at 877-2-HUNT-NJ, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from hunter education training programs is available to all individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to the Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20240.
The Division is extremely proud that its Hunter Education program is continually recognized as one of the top programs in the country. The future of hunting in New Jersey remains rooted in hunter education.