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Firearms Hunter Education Course FAQs


In 2014 the separate Shotgun and Rifle/Muzzleloader courses were combined into the Firearms course. The Rifle/Muzzleloader course is longer offered.

At this time all students must complete the program. Completion of this online course and presentation of the printed voucher at the live-fire range session is required.
NOTE: Archery is also included in the program and must be completed to receive voucher.

The following FAQs concern changes in the program since 2014:

Q. What basic Hunter Education courses are now offered?
A. There are only two hunter education courses: Firearms and Bow. The Shotgun Hunter Education Course and the Rifle/Muzzleloader Course have been merged in the Firearms Course. The Archery Course remains unchanged. New hunters need to take one or both of these courses.

Q. I already hunt with a Firearm or All-around License. Do I need to take the Firearms Course to obtain a NJ Rifle Permit in order to hunt with a rifle or muzzleloader?
A. Since there is no live-fire requirement for the rifle/muzzleloader portion of the course, completion of the program and final exam (included in the program) is sufficient. Upon completion, scans or photos of the voucher and previous Firearm/All-around license, or Shotgun Hunter Education Card, should be e-mailed from the student to Hunter Education staff so that the information can be entered into the system. Please send to:
Keith Griglak (north) or Sam Forlenza (south).

Q. What topics does this Firearms Course cover?
A. The Firearms Course covers shotgun, modern rifle, muzzleloader and air gun.

Q. What type firearm will I need to shoot for the live-fire portion of the class?
A. The live-fire portion of the course will be completed using a shotgun. Students can bring their own cased shotgun or use one that is provided by the state. Do not bring ammunition to the class; the state will provide all ammunition.

Q. Is my old hunter education workbook still valid?
A. No. Due to program changes in response to COVID-19 all students must complete the program and bring their course completion certificate to the live-fire range session.

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Last Updated: July 15, 2020