November 16, 2017
This Saturday, November 18, is New Jersey's Youth Firearm Deer Hunt Day giving youth hunters an opportunity to harvest a deer prior to the opening of the regular firearm hunting seasons. The hunt is an extension of the Six-day Firearm Season so no special season deer permit is required, and antler point and "antlerless deer first" requirements do NOT apply.
Youths possessing a valid Youth Firearm Hunting License may hunt with either a shotgun or muzzleloader (Rifle Permit required) while under the direct supervision of a person who is at least 21 years old and who has a valid firearm license. Direct supervision is defined as the youth hunter and licensed adult set up together at the same location and hunting as a unit.
The hunt is part of the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's "Take A Kid Hunting" program which provides for a quality hunting experience for properly licensed youth hunters, often outside regular hunting seasons. This is the final youth hunt in 2017, but the second of two Youth Waterfowl Hunts will be held in February, 2018, and the Youth Turkey Hunt will be April 21, 2018.
For detailed information see page 24 of the 2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Digest and the Take A Kid Hunting Program page.