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New Firearms Hunter Education Course FAQs

The NJ Hunter Education Program now offers two basic courses; previously there were separate Shotgun and Rifle/Muzzleloader courses. These are now combined into the new FIREARMS course. The following FAQs concern changes in the program.

Q. What basic Hunter Education courses are being offered this year?
A. Starting in 2014, there will be only two required hunter education courses. The Shotgun Hunter Education Course and the Rifle/Muzzleloader Course have been merged in one Firearms Course. The Archery Course will remain 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 new Firearms Course to obtain a NJ Rifle Permit in order to hunt with a rifle or muzzleloader?
A. If a person has previously taken the Shotgun Course, or has a Firearm or All-Around License, but has not taken the Rifle/Muzzleloader Hunter Education Course, they need to complete the new Firearms Course or complete the stand-alone Rifle/Muzzleloader Hunter Education Course which will be offered during 2014 and 2015 only.

Q. What topics does this new Firearms Course cover?
A. The new Firearms Course will cover 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. The state will provide all ammunition.

Q. Is my old hunter education workbook still valid?
A. Yes. Old hunter education workbooks are still valid. Just be sure all Firearms Course students complete all Shotgun and all Rifle/Muzzleloader sections. A new version of the workbook is available on the Division's website at www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/hunted/workbook.pdf (pdf, 93kb).

Q. Where do I go if I want to learn more about muzzleloader and rifle hunting?
A. An optional Advanced Muzzleloader Rifle Course will be offered starting this summer for current firearm hunters wanting to learn more about muzzleloader rifle shooting. These classes will be posted, along with the regular hunter education schedule, at: www.nj.wildlifelicense.com/ALS/course/course_report.php.

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