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Fall "Take A Kid Hunting" Youth Hunts


October 1, 2018

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife provides special opportunities for youth hunters through the Take a Kid Hunting Program. These days, typically held before the regular seasons open, provide a quality hunting experience for properly licensed youth hunters by increasing their opportunity for harvesting game in a setting which encourages responsible and safe hunting practices with a supportive atmosphere.

This Saturday, October 6, is the first of the 2018-19 season's Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days, in the North Zone. That day is followed by October 13 in the South Zone, and then November 3 in the Coastal Zone. The final Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are in early 2019, on February 2 in the North and South zones, and February 9 in the Coastal Zone.

The popular Youth Pheasant Hunt on November 3 provides an opportunity for youth hunters to hunt on 10 stocked Wildlife Management areas. On eight of those WMAs youths have the opportunity to benefit from a guided hunt with volunteer mentors with trained dogs. Registration is required and is available now online. Those wishing to serve as a volunteer mentor and/or dog handler can register online as well. More information is available on page 25 of the 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Digest.

Members of Semi-wild Preserves can take advantage of the Youth Upland Bird Hunt, also on November 3, to introduce youths to upland bird hunting before the regular opening of the season.

The Youth Bow Deer Hunt took place on Saturday, September 22 and the Division hopes all eligible youth participated. Planning should begin now for the Youth Firearm Deer Hunt on November 17.

For more information see the Take a Kid Hunting Program page.

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