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Youth Deer Hunting Days

Youth Bow Hunt, Saturday, September 25, 2010
Youth Firearm Hunt, Saturday, November 20, 2010


This 10-point buck was taken by Garrett Kazar in Sussex County with a muzzleloader on the 2009 Youth Firearm Hunt Day. His dad, Ed, remarked this was a great father-son experience.


Take this great opportunity to introduce youth hunters
to deer hunting!

Who can hunt:

Hunters with a valid youth hunting license.

  • The youth hunter MUST be under the direct supervision of a person who is at least 21 years old and who has a valid firearm or bow and arrow license corresponding to the season hunted. Direct supervision is defined as both the youth hunter and parent/guardian set up together at the same location, hunting as a unit, not hunting independently. The adult CANNOT hunt or possess a firearm or bow. The adult may grunt, call or rattle for the youth. In addition to the youth, the adult accompanying the youth should wear the required hunter orange during the youth firearm deer hunt.

Bag limits

Youth may hunt statewide for one deer of either sex on each of the above dates.

  • During the Youth Firearm Deer Hunt, youths may hunt either with a shotgun or muzzleloader. No bows.
  • If the youth is hunting with a muzzleloader, both the youth and the adult must possess a valid rifle permit.
  • Antler Point Restrictions do NOT apply on these days for the youth hunter.
  • These hunts are extensions of the Fall Bow and Six-day Firearm seasons; no special season deer permit is required. Youth hunters may still use a bow to harvest one antlered deer during the Fall Bow Season, and use an appropriate firearm to harvest two antlered deer during the Six-day Firearm Season.

Tagging Requirement

The youth hunter must tag their deer with a homemade transportation tag, or cut out the deer transportation tag.

  • The tag must include the youth hunting license number or Conservation ID number, sex of deer, number of antler points, date, zone, county and township from which the deer was taken, and must say “Taken during the Bow (or Firearm) Youth Hunt.” No supplemental tags are issued when Youth Hunt deer are checked.

Youth Pheasant Hunt October 30, 2010


The 2010 Take a Kid Hunting Pheasant Hunt will allow properly licensed hunters with a valid youth license to hunt on one of nine stocked Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) on Saturday morning, Oct 30, 2010. In a cooperative effort between the Division of Fish and Wildlife and the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, volunteer hunting mentors with trained bird dogs will guide youth hunters on a pheasant hunt. This experience will increase the young hunters’ opportunity for harvesting a pheasant in a setting which encourages responsible and safe hunting practices.

All guided hunt participants must pre-register and be accompanied to the check-in by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians are welcomed and encouraged to follow the hunters through the fields. All pre-registered hunters will receive an information packet. One session will be offered, starting at 7 a.m.

Only 50 youth hunters will be allowed on each WMA during each session. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of slots available, a random drawing will be held to select participants. To register, please send the application below to:

Take a Kid Hunting, NJ Div. of Fish and Wildlife, Northern Region Hunter Education, 26 Rt. 173 W, Hampton, NJ 08827. All entries must be postmarked by Oct. 11, 2010. Information will be mailed around Oct. 22, 2010.


Selected Wildlife Management Areas for the Youth Pheasant Hunt:



Open After
1 p.m.

Open All Day


Black River




Colliers Mills





Guided Morning—pre-registration required.

Open—afternoon: Any youth hunter with a valid youth hunting license under the direct supervision of a licensed, non-shooting adult (aged 21 or older), will be permitted to hunt on the listed wildlife management areas on Oct. 30, 2010 from 1 p.m. until sunset. No registration required.

Open—all day: Any youth hunter with a valid youth hunting license under the direct supervision of a New Jersey-licensed, non-shooting adult (aged 21 or older), will be permitted to hunt on the listed wildlife management areas on Oct. 30, 2010 from 8 a.m. until sunset. No registration required.


Youth upland bird hunt day

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Youth hunters with a valid youth license, under the direct supervision of a New Jersey-licensed, non-hunting adult 21 years or older, will be permitted to hunt on licensed semi-wild hunting preserves. Youths may hunt for pheasant, quail and/or chukar on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 from 8 a.m. to sunset. Take advantage of this great opportunity for hunters belonging to semi-wild preserves to introduce youth hunters to upland bird hunting without competition from adult hunters.


Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days


Youth hunters with a valid youth hunting license and under the direct supervision of a non-shooting New Jersey-licensed adult hunter (age 21 or older) will be permitted to hunt for waterfowl from ½ hour before sunrise to sunset on the following dates by zone:

North Zone Oct. 2

South Zone Nov. 5–6

Coastal Zone Oct. 30

Each youth hunter may participate on all four days. See the New Jersey 2010–11 Migratory Bird Regulations for further details including written zone boundary descriptions and species bag limits. Non-toxic shot is required. An HIP number is required. See all waterfowl hunting requirements. Federal and state waterfowl stamps are not required on these youth days. Daily bag limits for ducks, Canada geese, brant, snow geese, coots, moorhens and gallinules will be the same as those allowed during the regular season.


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