Fishing and Hunting Licenses

The NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife will annually issue the following items FREE to each qualified disabled veteran: a fire arm, bow & arrow, fishing or all around hunting license, a pheasant and quail stamp, a state duck stamp and a trout stamp. In addition, disabled veterans may apply for free permits: one bow and arrow deer permit *; one firearm (muzzleloader or shotgun) deer permit *; one spring and one fall turkey permit * for use during applicable hunting season.

*Special deer and turkey permit applications will be available at the Division offices listed below or by mail from the Trenton office. All rules and regulations pertaining to the lottery system and laws for each season still apply. In other words, you will be allowed to enter the first lottery and fall lottery for free but will not be guaranteed a permit. Your odds of winning a permit depend upon what zone and/or time period you select. Additional permits for added hunting opportunities may be purchased at the current rate of $28.00.

Eligibility -
New Jersey residents who are eligible:

~ A resident of New Jersey that has been honorably discharged, or released under honorable circumstances, from active service in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States; and
~ Declared by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to have a service-connected disability of any degree.

Verification -
Applicants must provide verification of discharge and service connected disability. This may be completed by presenting the following credentials:

~ Proof of disability by producing a letter of certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a walletsized card from the VA indicating status or a photocopy of your monthly disability check indicating your status.
~ Proof of honorable discharge (DD-214 or similar document).
~ Proof of residency by showing a driver's license, or resident hunting/fishing license.

Details -
If you wish to obtain the free hunting related offers, you must show proof of having satisfied the applicable state hunter education requirements by providing a previous year's Resident Firearm or Bow & Arrow license, All Around license, or a Resident Senior hunting license. A hunter education course completion card is also acceptable. Resident licenses from other states issued to hunters prior to establishing residency in NJ will also be accepted, if the license indicates which type of hunting it validates. Non-resident licenses from other states are NOT acceptable.

Contact -
Documentation may be brought to a field office listed below or mailed in to the Division at the following address:

NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife
(mailed in only)
501 East State Street, 3rd floor,
PO Box 400
Trenton, NJ 08625-0400
Attn: Disabled Veteran Licensing
Mercer County 609-292-2965

The Northern Region Office
26 Route 173 W. Hampton
Hunterdon County 908-735-7040

The Central Region Office
386 Robbinsville/Clarksburg Road
Monmouth County 609-259-2132

Nacote Creek
Rt. 9, Mile Marker 51
Port Republic
Atlantic County 609-748-2020

The Pequest Trout Hatchery
605 Pequest Road
Warren County 908-637-4125

The Southern Region Office
220 Blue Anchor Road
Gloucester County 856-629-0555