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The Hunter Education Field Day

Traditional Hunter Education Courses Are Suspended Due to COVID-19
Hunter education classes follow all safety protocols for the safety of staff, volunteers and students.

At this time:

  • Registration is open for live-fire range sessions; sessions will be held through November.

  • All hunter education students MUST complete the online hunter education program which covers both disciplines (Firearm and Bow) and pass the 100-question test. Students must bring their completion certificate when taking the live-fire portion. (The Study Guide/Workbook will NOT be accepted during this time.)

  • Upon completion of this online program, students must register for a specific date and time to take their live-fire test(s) during one of the listed classes on the Hunter Education Registration Site. Students must register for each discipline (Firearm and/or Bow) separately and for different times - DO NOT REGISTER FOR TWO SESSIONS FOR THE SAME TIME.

  • Students will be required to wear and provide their own masks and safety glasses.

  • Social distancing must be maintained.

  • Walk-in students will NOT be accepted during these classes.
The Hunter Education Unit is also designing a plan to offer free, in-person hunter education classes as soon as possible. Information will be posted here when it is available.

Subscribe to the Hunting or Education E-mail Lists to be notified of program updates.

The final component of the NJ Hunter Education Program is the Field Day. The day has two portions: the field session and the written exam.


Doors open for Class Registration about hour before class start time.
Students must have:

  • Completed workbook OR certificate

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

  • Students 16 years of age or younger must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • Workbook and DVD
    Complete Field Session

    Group field sessions are held outside; dress for the weather

    The field session is broken into five stations:

    1. Zones of Fire
    2. Treestand Safety
    3. Blood trailing
    4. Fence Crossing
    5. Wildlife Identification

    Those who have completed the program may bypass this portion.

    Instructor by treestand
    Attend the Ranges


    Archery Range
  • Range talk / PowerPoint presentation
  • Equipment inspection
  • Crossbow students must be able to draw their own crossbow manually or with a cocking device.
  • Live fire - 3 out of 5 arrows into vital zone of deer at 15-20 yards
  • Firearm Range
  • Range talk / PowerPoint presentation (covers shotgun, rifle, air gun and muzzleloader)
  • Live fire completed with shotgun. - Start with stationary target, then proceed to moving clay
  • This live fire exercise is to assess the student's ability to handle the firearm, not accuracy.
  • Firearms Course FAQs
  • Instructor pointing out vital zone of deer Instructor and student at shooting range
    Take the Written Exam

    After completing Field Session and Range(s), it's time for the written exam:

  • The test is a multiple choice scantron-style test.
  • Oral tests are offered upon request.
  • Taking a practice exam is recommended.
  • Taking the exam
  • Test is graded on the spot.
  • An 80% correct grade is required to pass
  • Successful students are issued their Hunter Education Course Completion card
  • Student with course completion card

    The Hunter Education staff wants to see students succeed. Any questions or concerns can be addressed to the volunteer instructors, facility coordinator or Hunter Education staff at any time during the day.

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    Last Updated: August 17, 2020