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Youth Hunting Licenses

New Jersey issues resident and nonresident hunting licenses free of charge to those under the age of 16 who have completed a Hunter Education Course. Properly licensed youth hunters (resident & non-resident) aged 1013 may hunt only when accompanied by a properly licensed adult aged 21 or older. The Youth Firearm, Bow and Arrow or Trapping License is valid from time of issuance until December 31 of the year that he or she turns 16.

To obtain a Youth License hunters need to bring their Hunter Education Course completion card to a license agent.

Duplicate Youth Licenses

Qualified youth hunters may obtain a duplicate Youth License at any license agent or online.

Transportation Tags/Harvest Stub

Transportation tags, formerly included on all hunting licenses except Youth Licenses, have been replaced by a harvest stub - but not on Youth Licenses. Youth hunters harvesting deer must use the Automated Harvest Report System (AHRS) to report their deer. Youths should use the Deer Harvest Report Card found in the Hunting Digest or online (pdf, 200kb) to record information as part of this process.

Youth hunters are encouraged to take advantage of the Take A Kid Hunting Program to increase their early enjoyment of the sport.

If further information or assistance is needed contact the Hunter Education Office at NJHunterEd@dep.nj.gov or call 856-629-0552 (toll-free at 877-2-HUNT-NJ).

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Last Updated: November 23, 2012