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Hunting in New Jersey: 7 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Your Kids

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:35 AM

Hunting advocates in New Jersey say that taking kids on shoots helps to make them better wards of the planet. According to the Kids Gone Hunting Foundation, shooting game can “instill conservation stewardship in the hearts of children by teaching them an appreciation of the virtues of hunting as a means to perpetuate wildlife and natural resources and create an understanding of the gifts provided by God's great outdoors....” But before you take your children out hunting in New Jersey, be sure they’re safe and legal.
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  1. All youngsters hunting in New Jersey must be licensed. The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife offers free basic youth hunting licenses for firearms, bow and arrow and trapping for kids up through age 15. Fees apply to additional necessary permits such as deer and turkey hunting or rifle shooting. Teens age 16 and older need adult licenses.
  2. First-time youth hunting license applicants in New Jersey must have completed at least one of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s three free hunter’s education courses. Funded through the Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration Act, these encompass the Firearms Course, which covers shotguns, rifles, air rifles, and muzzleloaders; the Bow and Arrow Course, covering manual bows and crossbows; and the Trapper Course. The firearms and archery courses are home-study, followed by a live-fire field session and written exam. There is also an optional online interactive program, which has fees.
  3. A parent or guardian must sign a consent form before any youth under the age of 18 can receive a hunting license in New Jersey.
  4. Up through age 13, kids hunting in New Jersey must be directly supervised by an adult with valid and appropriate hunting licenses.
  5. Young gun and bow hunters must be at least 10-years-old, trappers at least age 12, and apprentice falconers age 14.
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  7. New Jersey’s Take a Kid Hunting Program provides opportunities for young hunters to shoot game in a relaxed setting that encourages safe, responsible hunting practices. Each year, a series of special youth hunting days, often outside regular seasons, permit licensed youngsters to hunt turkeys, pheasants, upland birds, deer and waterfowl with the help of a mentor.
  8. Complete details about youth hunting licenses and much other data about hunting in New Jersey are available on the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife website. They also have a smartphone app.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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