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Looking to hunt or trap in New Jersey? To hunt in New Jersey, you must be at least 10 years of age, have completed a hunter education course or possess a resident license from NJ or other state, or be eligible for an Apprentice Hunting License.

All hunters and trappers are required to have a license and openly display it in the middle of the back on outer clothing.

Purchase a license:

LICENSE FEES

Licenses are valid from date of purchase to December 31 of each year. License fees are subject to change.

Requirements

• Must be at least 10 years of age.
• Hunters over 10 years and under 14 years require permission from parent or legal guardian to obtain a license.
• Hunters over 10 years and under 14 years must be accompanied by licensed adult (age 21+) when hunting.

Bow & Arrow Resident and Non-Resident – Free

(Age 10-16)

Firearm Resident and Non-Resident – Free

(Age 10-16)

How to Obtain

• Complete the HunterCourse.com online program and print completion voucher.
• Register for an in-person mandatory live fire Hunter Education session at NJFishandWildlife.com/hunteredregistration.htm.
• Present Hunter Education course completion card at any license agent.
• For questions, call the Hunter Education office at (856) 629 0552.

Requirements

• Must be at least 17 years of age.
• Must be NJ resident for at least 6 months or be on active military duty.
• Complete the Hunter Education Course, including live fire, or prior resident license from another state.

Bow & Arrow Resident – $31.50

(Age 16-64)

Bow & Arrow Sr. Resident – $16.50

(Age 65+)

Firearm Resident – $27.50

(Age 16-64)

Firearm Sr. Resident – $15.50

(Age 65+)

All Around Sportsman – $72.25

(Combines Resident Firearm, Bow & Arrow and Fishing License)

All Around Sportsman – $62.25

(With Buddy Fishing License)

How to Obtain

• A first-time hunting license purchase must be done in-person at a license agent. Be sure to bring a Hunter Education Course Completion Card, or a prior resident hunting license from another state. All subsequent licenses can be purchased either online or at a license agent.
• U.S. citizens must provide a Social Security Number. Non-citizens must provide their passport, visa, green card, or non-U.S. driver license.
• Proof of residency required for new residents or new customers. This includes one of the following: NJ Driver License; NJ Voter Registration Card, or NJ Non-driver photo ID issued by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission.
• Driver license is required for everyone 18 and older when using the online license system.
• A Child Support Certification must be completed annually.

Requirements

• Must be U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old to obtain an apprentice firearm license and 14 years for an apprentice bow license.
• Hunter Education NOT required for an apprentice license.
• MUST hunt under direct supervision and guidance of hunting mentor.
• Mentor must be at least 21 and possess a valid license.
• Mentor may only supervise ONE apprentice at a time.
• Lifetime limit of two apprentice licenses per type, firearm and bow.
• May hunt with air gun, bow, or shotgun ONLY.

Bow & Arrow Resident – $31.50

(Age 14-64)

Bow & Arrow Sr. Resident – $16.50

(Age 65+)

Bow & Arrow Non Resident – $135.50

(Age 14+)

Firearm Resident – $27.50

(Age 18-64)

Firearm Sr. Resident – $15.50

(Age 65+)

Firearm Non Resident – $135.50

(Age 18+)

How to Obtain

• Available at all license agents and online.

Requirements

• Proof from VA of service connected disability of any degree.
• Proof of honorable discharge (DD 214 or similar).
• NJ Driver License or other proof of residency.
• Appropriate Hunter Education course completion card(s).

Free (each)

All resident hunting licenses with exception of Buddy All Around and Buddy Fishing Licenses

Resident and Sr. Resident Apprentice

Same requirements, restrictions, etc. as Apprentice Licenses above

How to Obtain

• Eligible veterans must initially be certified by NJFW staff. Certification cannot be done online or at a license agent. Click here for more information.
• Completion of Hunter Education course, including live fire, or prior resident hunting license from another state.
• Once certified, veterans can obtain licenses at license agents or online.

Requirements

• Must be active NJNG member who has completed Initial Active Duty Training.
• Appropriate Hunter Education Course Completion Cards or prior hunting license from former state of residence.
• Confirm you are active in the NJDMAVA system. Call (609) 530 6866.

Free (each)

(All resident or non resident hunting licenses with exception of Buddy All Around and Buddy Fishing Licenses)

How to Obtain

• National Guard members must first be certified by DMAVA. Certifications are only valid for six months at a time. Once certified, licenses and permits are available at all license agents and online.

Requirements

• Must be at least 17 years of age.
• Non-resident of NJ or NJ resident for less than six months.
• Completion of Hunter Education course, including live fire, or prior resident license from another state.

Bow & Arrow Non Resident – $135.50

(Age 16+) Apprentice Licenses, see above.

Firearm Non Resident – $135.50

(Age 16+) Apprentice Licenses, see above.

Non-Resident 2 Day Small Game Firearm – $36.50

(Age 16+) Not valid to hunt deer or turkey. Valid through the day after issuance.

How to Obtain

• A first-time hunting license purchase must be done in-person at a license agent. Be sure to bring a Hunter Education Course Completion Card, or a resident hunting license from another state. All subsequent licenses can be purchased either online or at a license agent.
• U.S. citizens must provide a Social Security Number. Non-citizens must provide their passport, visa, green card, or non-U.S. driver license.
• Driver license is required for everyone 18 and older when using the online license system.
• A Child Support Certification must be completed annually.

Requirements

• Completion of Hunter Education course, including live fire, or prior resident hunting license from another state.
• Valid for harvesting any species covered by the specific preserve’s license.

Resident or Non-Resident – $12.50

(Age 16+) Expires at the end of the day issued.

How to Obtain

• Valid only on commercial shooting preserves.
• Available only at participating commercial preserves.
• Show proof of Hunter Education course or prior resident hunting license from any state.

Requirements

• No license or rifle permit required for Occupant Farmer or immediate family member hunting farm on which the farmer or immediate family member RESIDE.
• Must have a Conservation Identification (CID) number.

Farm

Must meet qualifications under NJ Farmland Assessment Act of 1964. See https://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/anr/pdf/farmlandassessmentoverview.pdf.

How to Obtain

• Farmers who purchased any license or permit since 2006 should already have a CID number.
• If not, follow the instructions on page 70 of the Hunting & Trapping Digest under CID Requirement to create a profile.

Permit Fees

Free to Veterans with Service-Connected Disability and NJ National Guard Members.

Requirements

• Must have passed a Hunter Education course from any state that includes rifle.
• Apprentice License holders may not purchase a rifle permit.

Rifle Permit – Youth – $6

(Age 10-16)

Rifle Permit – Adult – $10.50

(Age 16+)

How to Obtain

• Available at all license agents and online.

Requirements

• Valid NJ bow or firearm hunting license.
• Permits are ZONE and SEASON SPECIFIC, valid only in the Deer Management Zone for the specific season specified on the permit.
• Valid for antlerless deer only. Hunting for antlered buck requires an additional Antlered Buck Permit.
• Permits valid for the duration of the season specified on the permit.
• Multiple permits for different Deer Management Zones may be purchased within the same season.

Single Zone Permit Bow, Permit Muzzleloader, or Permit Shotgun – Youth – $12

(Age 10-16)

Single Zone Permit Bow, Permit Muzzleloader, or Permit Shotgun – Adult – $28

(Age 16+)

Requirements

• Valid NJ bow or firearm hunting license.
• MULTI-ZONE permit available for either Regulation Set 7 (zones 7,8,9,12,17,41) OR a separate permit for Regulation Set 8 (zones 10,11,13,14,15,36,49,50,51).
• Valid for antlerless deer only, for zones within the specific regulation set for the duration of season specified.
• Hunting for antlered buck requires an additional Antlered Buck Permit.

DRS Multi-Zone Permit (Permit Bow, Muzzleloader, or Shotgun) – Youth – $24

(Age 10-16)

DRS Multi-Zone Permit (Permit Bow, Muzzleloader, or Shotgun) – Adult – $56

(Age 16+)

Requirements

• Valid NJ bow or firearm hunting license that corresponds to appropriate permit season.
• Valid in any zone for which hunter has an antlerless zone-specific permit or DRS Multi-Zone Permit.
• Required to hunt for antlered buck during Permit Bow, Permit Muzzleloader, or Permit Shotgun seasons.

Antlered Buck Permit – Youth – $12

(Age 10-16)

Antlered Buck Permit – Adult – $28

(Age 16+)

How to Obtain

• Available at license agents or online.

Requirements

• Valid NJ bow or firearm hunting license.
• Turkey permits valid only in the Turkey Hunting Area and for the duration of the hunting period, specified on the permit.
     Period N – Fall
     Period Y – Spring Youth
     Period A – Spring Week 1 (M-F)
     Period B – Spring Week 2 (M-F)
     Period C – Spring Week 3 (M-F)
     Period D – Spring Week 4 (M-F)
     Period E – Spring (Saturdays Only)

Turkey Permit – Youth – $12

(Age 10-16)

Turkey Permit – Adult – $21

(Age 16+)

How to Obtain

• Fall permits available at license agents or online.
• Spring turkey permits are awarded through a lottery system. An application can be submitted at a license agent or online.

Requirements

• Valid NJ bow or firearm hunting license.
• Permit required to hunt during the Special Coyote & Fox Permit Season which runs from January to mid-March. No permit is needed to hunt during the regular season.
• Firearm and ammo restrictions are different for the Special Permit Season.

Coyote & Fox Permit – $2

(Age 10+) Apprentice License holders may not hunt for coyote or fox.

How to Obtain

• Available at all license agents and online.
• Not available for purchase until mid-Dec. when new hunting license are available.

REQUIREMENTS

• Valid firearm hunting license.
• Permits are ZONE SPECIFIC, valid only in the Bear Management Zone specified on the permit.

Bear Permit – $2

How to Obtain

• Available at all license agents and online.

Requirements

• Valid NJ bow or firearm hunting license.
• Permit required to hunt pheasant/quail on all properties where Fish and Wildlife releases pheasant or quail.

Pheasant & Quail Stamp – $40

(Age 16+)

How to Obtain

• Available at all license agents and online.

Requirements

• All hunters, including Apprentice License holders, must obtain HIP certificate before hunting ducks, geese, brant, coot, woodcock, rails, snipe or gallinules.

HIP Certification – $2

(Age 10+)

How to Obtain

• Available at all license agents and online.

Requirements

• Valid NJ Firearm license
• HIP Certification, NJ Waterfowl Stamp, and Federal Migratory Duck Stamp (formerly the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp) are required—even for 16-year-olds still hunting on a youth license—to hunt brant, ducks and geese.
• Both NJ and Federal Migratory stamps must be signed in ink.

NJ Waterfowl Stamp – Resident – $10

(Age 16+)

NJ Waterfowl Stamp – Non-Resident – $15

(Age 16+)

How to Obtain

• Available at all license agents and online.

Requirements

• Valid NJ Firearm license
• HIP Certification, NJ Waterfowl Stamp, and Federal Duck Stamp are required—even for 16-year-olds still hunting on a youth license—to hunt brant, ducks and geese.
• Both the NJ Waterfowl Stamp and Federal Duck Stamp must be signed in ink.

Federal Duck Stamp – $25

(Age 16+)

How to Obtain

• The Federal Stamp may be purchased at some post offices and online at https://www.fws.gov/service/buy-duck-stamp-or-e-stamp.

Requirements

• Must have a Conservation Identification (CID) number.
• Permit(s) must be visibly displayed on outer clothing and not covered by a pack or harness while hunting.

Farmer Permits

Qualified farmers are eligible for free deer and turkey hunting permits.

How to Obtain

• New farmers should apply June 1–Aug. 1 at county ag extension offices or online at dep.nj.gov/njfw/hunting/information-for-farmers/ under Farmer Certification Application for Deer and Turkey permits.

Requirements

• May be purchased online or replaced at any license agent. (See pages 16–17 in the Hunting & Trapping Digest.)

Duplicate or Lost License / Permit – $2 each

HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAM

frequently asked questions

For any issues with purchasing a license call Aspira at (888) 773-8450 or email New Jersey Fish and Wildlife at NJDFWLicenses@dep.nj.gov. For difficulty printing in the electronic license system, FIRST ensure that the version of Adobe Acrobat Reader you are using is current. Otherwise, log out then log in again to the system and choose “Reprint Documents.” Look for pop-up PDF. If that fails to print your license, call Aspira at (888) 773-8450 for additional assistance.
You can replace a license, permit, or stamp at any license agent or online at Fish and Wildlife’s internet license sales site (https://nj.aspirafocus.com/internetsales) for a $2.00 fee per item. For hunting licenses, permits, or stamps originally purchased online, a paper reprint can be made free of charge, except for all Firearm and All-Around Licenses. Durable stock duplicates can be ordered online for a $2.00 per item fee and will be mailed.
Yes, all licenses, permits, and stamps can be printed from home. However, New Jersey firearm laws require that all firearm hunting licenses (Firearm License, Apprentice Firearm License, or All-Around Sportsman License) must be printed on durable material and sent by mail. Online purchasers of these licenses may print a temporary paper license valid for 15 days from the date of purchase and use the paper license/permit until the durable material version arrives by mail. ALL licenses must be displayed regardless of the print material. Persons caught falsifying information on a license or permit will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
No, all licenses, permits, and stamps must be displayed on outer clothing.
For assistance in changing your profile in our licensing system, please call NJDEP Fish and Wildlife at 609-292-2965 or email the license system staff at NJDFWLicenses@dep.nj.gov.

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NOTE: Anyone needing assistance with the License Web Site should e-mail NJDFWLicenses@dep.nj.gov or call 609-292-2965. Detailed information on the Integrated Electronic Licensing System (IELS) is available on the main License Information page.
Hunting licenses must be worn in a conspicuous place on the outer clothing while engaged in hunting and must be exhibited to law enforcement personnel on request.

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