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All Hunter Education Courses Are Suspended Due to COVID-19
DFW Hunter Education staff are actively planning provide courses in the safest manner possible while adhering to official protocols and social distancing guidelines. Safety of the Hunter Education staff, volunteer instructors and students is of the upmost importance.

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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.)

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 field session/written exam.

Home study allows students to learn the "classroom" material at their own pace and then attend a one-day field session.
The field session consists of students working with instructors to complete an extensive field walk, mandatory live-fire session and concludes with a mandatory written exam.

All students must attend the field session and pass the written exam 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.


Field sessions and exams are offered at locations throughout New Jersey March through November.


There are three options available for completing the home study portion of the course:

Home Study Component
Complete Only ONE Option
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  • Watch the video chapters on YouTube

  • Read the Study Guide online

  • Print out and complete required portions of the workbook (pdf, 245kb)
  • Workbook and DVD

  • Pick up DVD and Study Guide/Workbook from a participating store for FREE

  • Complete required portions of workbook
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  • Complete this third-party interactive web-based program at

  • Includes archery and firearm: both must be completed to receive certificate.

  • Pay $29 and print certificate to take place of completed workbook

    NOTE: This program allows the student to bypass the field session. Students must still attend the Field Day and complete the written exam.

  • After completing ONE of these three options log in to see the course schedule (March-November) and register for a Hunter Education field session/exam. Register for Firearms, Archery or both. Be sure to use the studentís CID number.

    NOTE: Registration needs to be completed from a laptop or desktop computer. One cannot register from a mobile device.

    Field Day/Exam Locations and Directions

    Attending the Field Day
    All Students Need to Bring:
    • Completed workbook OR certificate - REQUIRED TO PASS COURSE!

    • Hunter Education Student Agreement Form (pdf, 105kb)

    • Number 2 pencils

    • Positive attitude

    • Appropriate clothing for being outside for at least two hours, rain or shine. Not all teaching locations are heated.

    • Students 16 years of age or younger must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
    Archery Students Need to Bring:

  • Studentís own bow (Crossbow students must be able to draw their own crossbow manually or with a cocking device.)
        Is My Bow Ready for Hunter Education?

  • 5 matched arrows

  • Ability to shoot 3 out of 5 arrows into a vital zone of a 3-D deer target at 15-20 yards
  • Firearms Students Need to Bring

  • Cased shotgun (Division will provide one if needed/preferred)

  • Eye and ear protection

  • Also see Firearms Course FAQs

    NOTE: Division will supply all ammunition - do NOT bring ammunition to the session

  • What to know for the Hunter Education Field Day
    Practice Exams


    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 Wildlifeís 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.

    Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor

    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).

    General Information

    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

    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.

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