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New Jersey

Hunting

Licenses, Permits & Fees

Licenses

Possession of a valid Hunting License is required to hunt and must be visibly displayed on outer clothing not covered by a pack or harness.

License Type / Fee

Requirements

How to Obtain

Youth Licenses (Ages 10–15) – License valid through Dec. 31 of the year youth turns 16. Farmer exemption also applicable to youth farmers; see pg. 70

Bow & Arrow: Free

Firearm: Free

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

Resident Licenses – Licenses valid through Dec. 31.

Bow & Arrow

  • Resident (Age 16–64): $31.50
  • Sr. Resident (65+): $16.50

Firearm

  • Resident (16–64): $27.50
  • Sr. Resident (65+): $15.50
  • Must be NJ resident for at least 6 months or be on active military duty.
  • Required in the year hunter turns 17 and annually thereafter.
  • A first-time license must be obtained from a license agent by showing appropriate Hunter Education course completion card(s) obtained as above, or with prior resident licenses from any state.
  • All subsequent licenses can be purchased at any license agent or online at NJFishandWildlife.com

All-Around Sportsman

  • Combines Resident Firearm, Bow & Arrow, and Fishing Licenses: $72.25
  • With Buddy Fishing License: $62.25
  • A "Buddy" All-Around license requires your friend (age 16–64 who has not purchased any type of fishing license since 2010) to purchase a year-long fishing license in the same transaction when you purchase your All-Around Sportsman License.

Apprentice Licenses – Licenses valid through Dec. 31.

Bow & Arrow

  • Resident (Age 14–64): $31.50
  • Sr. Resident (65+): $16.50
  • Non-Resident (14+): $135.50

Firearm

  • Resident (18–64): $27.50
  • Sr. Resident (65+): $15.50
  • Non-Resident (18+): $135.50
  • Must be U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old to obtain firearm license and 14 years for bow.
  • Hunter Education NOT required.
  • 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.
  • Available at all license agents and online at NJFishandWildlife.com.
  • Lifetime limit of two apprentice licenses per type.

Also, Apprentice hunters:

  • May hunt with air gun, bow, or shotgun ONLY.
  • NOT valid for coyote, fox, and deer during the deer Muzzleloader Season.
  • CANNOT use an Apprentice License as proof of passing Hunter Education course to purchase a regular license.

Resident Disabled Veterans (DV) Hunting Licenses – Licenses valid through Dec. 31.

Free (each)

  • All resident hunting licenses with exception of Buddy All Around and Buddy Fishing Licenses
  • 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).
  • Resident and Sr. Resident Apprentice
  • Same requirements, restrictions, etc. as Apprentice Licenses above

National Guard (NJNG) – Licenses valid through Dec. 31.

Free (each)

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

  • 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.

Non-Resident Licenses

Non-Resident Bow & Arrow

  • Age 16+: $135.50

Non-Resident Firearm

  • Age 16+: $135.50

(Apprentice Licenses)

Licenses valid through Dec. 31.

  • Non-resident of NJ or NJ resident for less than six months.
  • Required in the year hunter turns 17 and annually thereafter (for year long licenses).
  • A first-time license must be obtained from a license agent by showing appropriate Hunter Education course completion card(s) obtained as described under Youth Licenses or with prior resident license(s) from any state. See 'How to Buy a License' on License Information & Fees for more details.
  • All subsequent licenses can be purchased at any license agent or online at www.NJFishandWildlife.com

Non-Resident 2-Day Small Game Firearm

  • Age 16+: $36.50

(Not valid to hunt deer or turkey)

Valid through the day after issuance.

Special One-day Firearm

Resident or Non-Resident

  • Age 16+: $12.50

Expires at the end of the day issued

  • Must have passed appropriate Hunter Education course.
  • Valid for harvesting any species covered by the preserve license
  • Valid for only for commercial shooting preserves
  • May be obtained on-site at participating commercial preserves.
  • Show proof of Hunter Education course or prior resident hunting license from any state.

Farmer License Exemption (see additional information on Farmer Hunting & Permit Information)

Farm - must meet qualifications under NJ Farmland Assessment Act of 1964. See

www.state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/anr/pdf/farmlandassessmentoverview.pdf

  • No license or rifle permit required for Occupant Farmer or immediate family member1 hunting farm on which the farmer or immediate family member RESIDE.
  • Must have a Conservation Identification (CID) number
  • Farmers who purchased any license or permit since 2006 should already have a CID number.
  • If not, follow the instructions on Farmer Hunting & Permit Information under CID Requirement to create a profile.

Permits (Free to DV, NJNG)

Permit Type / Fee

Requirements

How to Obtain

Rifle Permit – Valid July 1–June 30

Youth (Age 10–15): $6*

Adult (16+): $10.50

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

Deer Permits

Permit Bow, Permit Muzzleloader, or Permit Shotgun season zone-specific

  • Youth (Age 10–15): $12*
  • Adult (16+): $28
  • Antlerless, zone-specific permits valid only in the Deer Management Zone and for the duration of the hunting season specified on the permit.
  • Antlerless, Antlered, and DRS Multi-Zone permits available at license agents or online at NJFishandWildlife.com
  • Special Areas may have specific qualifying criteria - hunter has responsibility to arrange for property access before buying any permit.

DRS Multi-Zone Permit (Permit Bow, Muzzleloader, or Shotgun)

  • Youth: $24*
  • Adult: $56
  • Valid only for the Regulation Set (Set 7 or 8) and duration of season specified for antlerless deer.

Antlered Buck Permit

Permit Bow, Permit Muzzleloader, or Permit Shotgun season

  • Youth: $12*
  • Adult: $28
  • Valid in any zone for which hunter has an antlerless zone-specific permit or DSR Multi-Zone Permit.

Turkey Permits (Fall/Spring) – Valid for Specific Periods

Youth (Age 10–15): $12*

Adult (16+): $21

  • Valid only in the Hunting Area and for the duration of the hunting Period, specified on the permit.
  • Fall permits available at license agents or online at NJFishandWildlife.com
  • An application must be made for Spring Permits only at any license agent or online.

Coyote & Fox Permit – Valid Jan. 1–Mar. 15

Age 10+: $2

Apprentice License holders may not hunt for coyote or fox

  • Permit required when using certain firearms and ammo or to hunt these species at night.
  • Not available for purchase until mid-Dec. when new hunting license are available.

Permits and Stamps (Free to DV, NJNG)

Permit / Stamp Type / Fee

Requirements

How to Obtain

Pheasant & Quail Stamp – Valid through Dec. 31

Age 16+: $40

  • Required on all properties where Fish and Wildlife releases pheasant or quail.

HIP Certification – Valid Sept. 1–Apr. 15

Age 10+: $2

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

NJ Waterfowl Stamp (Age 16+) – Valid July 1–April 15

Resident: $5

Non-Resident: $10

  • Both state and federal stamps are required—even for 16-year-olds still hunting on a youth license—to hunt brant, ducks and geese.
  • Both stamps must be signed in ink.

Federal Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp – Valid July 1–June 30

Age 16+: $25

  • Both state and federal stamps are required—even for 16-year-olds still hunting on a youth license—to hunt brant, ducks and geese.
  • Both stamps must be signed in ink.

Farmer Permits

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

  • 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.
  • New farmers should apply June 1–Aug. 1 at county ag extension offices or online at NJFishandWildlife.com/farmer.htm under Farmer Certification Application for Deer and Turkey permits.
  • Once approved, you may claim your farmer permit at any license agent.

Duplicate or Lost License / Permit

$2 each