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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Special Seasons Designated for Young Hunters

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Once again, DEC is providing a special youth deer season over the 3-day Columbus Day weekend. Junior hunters (ages 14–15) will be eligible to take one deer of either sex with a firearm during this season and may use a Deer Management Permit, Deer Management Assistance Program tag, or a regular season tag. Junior hunters may not use a crossbow to take a deer during this hunt. Rules of the Junior Hunter Mentoring Program also apply.

DEC also offers special opportunities for junior hunters (ages 12–15) for waterfowl, wild turkey, and pheasants.

For all youth hunts, junior hunters must be accompanied by an adult hunter. Both the junior and adult hunters are required to have a hunting license for the youth deer season, a hunting license and a turkey permit for the turkey hunt, and a hunting license and current HIP registration for the waterfowl hunt. Adults are not allowed to possess a firearm, crosssbow or bow or to harvest an animal while accompanying a junior hunter during the special seasons.

Crossbows may only be used by licensees who are 14 years of age or older.

Youth Pheasant Hunt

Northern and Eastern New York

September 27–28, 2014

Western New York

October 11–12, 2014

Long Island

October 25–26, 2014

Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Waterfowl Hunting Zone

Tentative Dates

Northeastern

September 20–21, 2014

Southeastern

September 27–28, 2014

Lake Champlain

September 27–28, 2014

Western

October 4–5, 2014

Long Island

November 22–23, 2014

Youth Wild Turkey Hunt

Upstate NY (north of Bronx-Westchester Co. boundary) and Suffolk County

April 25–26, 2015

Youth Firearms Deer Hunt

Upstate NY (north of Bronx-Westchester Co. boundary; excluding bowhunting-only WMUs)

Columbus Day Weekend; October 11–13, 2014

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