New Jersey Home Study Hunter Education Course

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If you never had a hunting license you must complete a NJ home study Hunter Education Course in order to purchase a license. (The Trapper Education Course is not home study.)

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife's Hunter Education program is presented in a home-study format. The program provides scheduling flexibility while producing hunters ready to meet the serious responsibilities required of, and accepted by, all hunters. Home study allows students to learn the "classroom" material at their own pace, at home and then attend a one day field session. The one-day field session consists of students working with instructors to complete an extensive field walk, mandatory live-fire session and concludes with a mandatory written exam.

THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THE COURSE. Field sessions and exams are offered at several locations throughout New Jersey every weekend beginning in March through November (excluding July when only weekday classes are held, and holiday weekends) at at least one location. Sessions are also held on several weekdays throughout the year for added convenience.

To complete a hunter education course a person must do the following:

1. Obtain the home study materials: Videotapes or DVDs, studyguide/workbook are available at specified vendors, Division field offices and available for download at online (links below).
2. Watch the video, read and study the manual, and complete the workbook for the course(s) you are interested in. Completing the practice exam(s) for the course(s) is recommended, as is practicing safe handling of your firearm and/or bow. There is a proficiency requirement for bow students. This requirement entails placing at least three out of five arrows in the vital area of a 3-d deer target between 15-20 yards.
3. Check the exam/field session schedule and register online.
4. Attend the session well prepared with completed workbook. Students arriving without a completed workbook will be turned away.

Three Basic Courses

SHOTGUN - This course is required before purchasing your first firearm hunting license. You must be at least 10 years of age.

BOW AND ARROW - This course is required before purchasing your first bow and arrow hunting license. You must be at least 10 years of age. You must be able to shoot 3 out of 5 arrows into the vital zone of a 3-D deer target (approximately 10-inch diameter) between 15 and 20 yards with your own bow to pass this course. Having adequate equipment and practice is important before coming to the field session.

RIFLE/MUZZLELOADER - You must first pass the shotgun course or have a firearm hunting license before you can take this course. This course is required to obtain a NJ Rifle Permit. You must be at least 10 years of age.

There is also TRAPPER EDUCATION - This course is required before you purchase your first trapping license. You must be at least 12 years of age. See the Trapping Information page or call 877-2-HUNT-NJ for course information when scheduled (September - October).

Materials, Field Sessions and Exams

Home Study Video Online (courtesy of
Home Study Workbook< (pdf, 120kb) (Required)
NJ Hunter Study Guide
Consent Form - Required for those under 18 (pdf, 9kb)
Practice Exams
Where to Get Hunter Education Materials
Field Session and Exam Registration Information (including directions to field locations)