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Hunting

Take a Kid Hunting

Deer, Waterfowl and Turkey Youth Hunt Days

Take this great opportunity to introduce youths to hunting!

All youth hunters must have a valid youth hunting license. See Licenses, Permits & Fees.

  • Supervision: 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 the adult mentoring hunter set up together at the same location, hunting as a unit, not hunting independently. The adult does not need a zone or area permit to supervise, only their valid license. The adult CANNOT hunt on any youth days but may call for the youth. Youth hunters do not need a harvest number during youth hunts or non-permit deer seasons.

For additional harvest reporting requirements, see Deer Hunting Regulations.

TAKE A KID HUNTING!

Who can hunt?

Youth hunters aged 10 to 16, accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age with valid license appropriate to weapon used. Youth farmers are exempt from the license requirement when hunting on the property on which they reside. Properly licensed adult MUST be set up together with Youth Hunter (same tree, blind, etc). Direct supervision only. See Licenses, Permits & Fees. ADULTS MAY NOT HUNT ON THIS DAY

What do I need?

Seasons are open Statewide unless otherwise noted.

Dates

Bag Limits

Report Your Harvest

Deer

September 25, 2021

1 deer, either sex
ARCHERY ONLY

Antler Point Restrictions and Earn-A-Buck regulations do not apply. Fill in Harvest Report Card, Harvest Report Card/Tag, or hand-made card with same info prior to using Automated Harvest Report System.

November 20, 2021

1 deer, either sex
SHOTGUN or MUZZLELOADER ONLY

Waterfowl

NORTH Zone – Youth ONLY, Oct. 9, 2021

Bag limits: same as during regular season except 2 scaup. See Migratory Bird Regulations for details.

See Migratory Bird Regulations for all waterfowl hunting requirements. For FAQs on youth hunts, go to NJFishandWildlife.com/yth-vet_waterfowl_day.htm.

SOUTH Zone – Youth ONLY, Oct. 16, 2021

COASTAL Zone – Youth ONLY, Oct. 30, 2021

Statewide – Youth Feb. 5, 2022

Turkey

April 23, 2022

1 male turkey

Fill out Turkey Report Card on Permit prior to using Automated Harvest Report System to check-in bird. If no bird is taken this day, Youth Permit may be used during Hunting Period Y.

WMA Youth Pheasant Hunt Days

All youth hunters must have a valid youth hunting license. See Licenses, Permits & Fees.

  • Oct. 30 and Nov. 1–5, 2021 Rain or Shine!

This year's Take a Kid Hunting Pheasant Hunt will allow properly licensed and supervised youth hunters (see table, below) to hunt any of the 10 stocked wildlife management areas (WMAs) on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Monday–Friday, Nov. 1–5.

In a cooperative effort between the N.J. 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 Saturday, Oct. 30 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 morning hunt participants must pre-register and be accompanied to the check-in by a parent or guardian who are welcomed and encouraged to follow the hunters through the fields. All pre-registered hunters will receive an information packet. One guided hunt session will be offered, starting at 7 a.m.

A limited number of youth hunters will be allowed on each WMA during the guided morning hunts. To register, go to NJFishandWildlife.com/ythpheas_register.htm and select one WMA where you wish to hunt. For each WMA, when registration reaches capacity, the WMA will disappear from the online registration and the youth will need to select one of the remaining options. Priority will be given to first time participants. Register early; spaces fill quickly!

Online registration for the Oct. 30 guided youth hunt opens Sept. 6 and closes Oct. 15. Late registrations will not be accepted. Pheasant hunt information will be emailed to registered youth hunters during the open registration period. For questions, email R3mentoredhunt@dep.nj.gov.

Selected Wildlife Management Areas for Youth Pheasant Hunting

WMA

Guided AM Oct. 30 only

Open 1 PM Oct. 30

Open All Day Oct. 30

Open All Day Nov. 1–5

Whittingham


Black River


Flatbrook



Clinton


Assunpink


Colliers Mills


Glassboro



Millville


Peaslee


Winslow


Semi-wild Preserves Youth Upland Bird Hunt Day

All youth hunters must have a valid youth hunting license.

  • Saturday, October 30, 2021

Properly licensed and supervised youth hunters (see Who can hunt? top of table) are permitted to hunt on licensed semi-wild hunting preserves for pheasant, quail and/or partridge on Saturday, October 30 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 who may not hunt on this day.

Instructors NEEDED!

Become an instructor with Fish and Wildlife’s Hunter Education Program.

Our Hunter Education Unit is looking for New Jersey’s best ­sportsmen and sportswomen to become ­instructors at locations where students take the live-fire test after first having completed the home study portion.

Call (856) 629-0552

Leave your name and address to receive an application.

Or complete the application form at:
NJFishandWildlife.com/pdf/hunted/hntedinstr.pdf.