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Question: My wife's co-workers are into hunting. How does it work with a hunting license? Does everyone hunting in the group need a license or is it like the WMA where one person just needs it? She said she heard there was some version where you don't need a full license but that doesn't sound quite right to me.

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You need a license to hunt, you don't need one to "tag along". 

If you touch a weapon you are considered hunting. 

A hunting license is not something that permits you to use public land, like a wma. Although it does allow you to Target practice at a wma since you are "educated" in safety.

A hunting license certifies that you passed the hunting education course and understand the rules and regulations, and safety procedures for bow, rifle and shotgun. It also allows you to purchase the neccesary tags and tax stamps for specific game. 

Their is no "half license" you do however need to qualify for each weapon separately. Shotgun, rifle and bow. But you don't need them all. Shotgun and rifle are basically now done together. Bow requires actual marksmanship.

There is a lot to hunting the just getting a license. If you want to hunt water fowl you need the firearms license, hip certificate, state and federal waterfowl stamps.

For deer, it depends on where, when and what. 

Phesant has another stamp for public lands.

Etc.

Please keep in mind, hunting is not something you just wake up one day and walk into the woods and do. It takes a good amount of skill and preparation to be successful. Otherwise you end up hurting yourself, someone else, or wounding an animal. Best case scenario... You waste your time. 

Most education courses will be shut down for the winter until it gets warmer out.

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2 hours ago, Greenday said:

Question:

She said she heard there was some version where you don't need a full license but that doesn't sound quite right to me.

Didn't you tell us your generation was the best at using Google to search for information? Did you try searching for this information yourself? Try Google, it's really easy!

https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/hntlicfe.htm

 

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      Print out and Fill N.J. fish and game workbook, you will learn a good amount of information by doing this.(you can pay extra and take the online course but why) Once the packet is filled you need to register to take a field test and written exam. I would highly recommend getting both firearm and bow, if you do one and not the other, but later on want to switch it up you’d have to take the whole thing over again. 

 

Pulled off NJ fish and game web site. 

Link: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/hunted.htm

Attending a Field Session
All Students Need to Bring:
  • Completed workbook OR HunterCourse.com certificate - REQUIRED TO PASS COURSE!

     

  • Hunter Education Student Agreement Form (pdf, 105kb)

     

  • Number 2 pencils

     

  • Positive attitude

     

  • Appropriate clothing for being outside for at least two hours, rain or shine. Not all teaching locations are heated.

     

  • Students 16 years of age or younger must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
Archery Students Need to Bring:

 

  • Student’s own bow (Crossbow students must be able to draw their own crossbow manually or with a cocking device.)
        Is My Bow Ready for Hunter Education?

     

  • 5 matched arrows

     

  • Ability to shoot 3 out of 5 arrows into a vital zone of a 3-D deer target at 15-20 yards
Firearm Students Need to Bring

 

  • Cased shotgun (Division will provide one if needed/preferred)

     

  • Eye and ear protection

     

  • Also see Firearms Course FAQs 
    NOTE: Division will supply all ammuniti

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13 hours ago, Sniper said:

Didn't you tell us your generation was the best at using Google to search for information? Did you try searching for this information yourself? Try Google, it's really easy!

https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/hntlicfe.htm

Because maybe someone knew something that I didn't already not find there?

13 hours ago, JackDaWack said:

You need a license to hunt, you don't need one to "tag along". 

If you touch a weapon you are considered hunting. 

Please keep in mind, hunting is not something you just wake up one day and walk into the woods and do. It takes a good amount of skill and preparation to be successful. Otherwise you end up hurting yourself, someone else, or wounding an animal. Best case scenario... You waste your time. 

Yea, this is basically what I figured. I'm not huge on shooting animals in the first place, but it's definitely a part of becoming more self-sufficient. The meat, the pelts, etc. all are extremely useful God forbid society gets to the worst.

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If you know people who hunt and are willing to help you really do things, watching a video on gutting a deer is A LOT different than actually gutting a deer, hunting is easy.  Even easier if they have private land they'll welcome you on.

Take the test, buy the necessary equipment, be safe and enjoy! I just started hunting a few years ago in my mid-40s and really enjoy it.

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The test is easy as long as you watch the very dated videos online and do the work book. As others said, I would do bow and firearm at same time if you can.  I never thought I would bow hunt but ended up purchasing a crossbow to be able to hunt longer.  Bow season is much longer than firearm seasons.  And more you are in the field the higher your chances for success.

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9 hours ago, gleninjersey said:

The test is easy as long as you watch the very dated videos online and do the work book. As others said, I would do bow and firearm at same time if you can.  I never thought I would bow hunt but ended up purchasing a crossbow to be able to hunt longer.  Bow season is much longer than firearm seasons.  And more you are in the field the higher your chances for success.

I took a practice test and actually learned some stuff which was cool. Can't hurt to get the license.

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