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Youth Deer Bow Hunting Day September 24
September 19, 2005

The Division of Fish and Wildlife will offer its very first Youth Deer Bow Hunting Day on Saturday, September 24. Young hunters with a valid youth bow hunting license and proper adult supervision can hunt statewide for one deer on this day as part of the "Take A Kid Hunting" program.

This is the first time a special Youth Deer Bow Hunting Day is being offered in New Jersey. Young archers will have the chance to share a hunting experience with a parent or mentor in a setting that reinforces the principles of responsible, ethical and safe hunting.

Like the waterfowl, pheasant and wild turkey youth days, Youth Deer Bow Hunting Day is intended for young hunters who have successfully completed a hunter education course and obtained a youth license.

The youth hunter must be under the direct supervision of a person who is at least 21 years old and who has a valid bow license. Direct supervision means that both the youth hunter and parent/guardian are set up together at the same location hunting as a unit, and not independently. The adult cannot hunt or possess a bow. However, he or she can grunt call or rattle for the youth.

Successful hunters must tag their deer with a homemade transportation tag and take it to the nearest official checking station. The tag must include the youth hunting license number, sex of the deer, number of antler points (if any), date, zone, county and township from which the deer was taken, and must state "Taken During the Fall Bow Season Youth Hunt." A supplemental tag will not be issued when the deer is checked.

The bag limit is one deer of either sex. Youth hunters may still harvest one antlered deer during the Fall Bow Season.

The special youth hunt day is an extension of the Fall Bow season, so a permit is not required to participate.

[ 09-20-2005, 11:45 AM: Message edited by: NIGHTSTRIKES ]
 

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Hey Night,

Maybe you can help me with a question? My cousin who I take hunting turned 16 last January is he still allowed to hunt under his youth license this year or does he need to purchase a regular license this year? The way I read the regs is that he is still a youth hunter until his next birthday, is this correct?

Thanks for any and all replies.
 

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Good Question,,
The application states :

Youth under the age of 16 may obtain a free license provided they take the education courses.
The license is valid through Dec.31 of the year in which they turn 16...


Go Get Um !!!
 

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Also Here is the NJ WhiteTail Forcast :
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ESPN Outdoors 2005-2006 Whitetail Forecast
New Jersey survey


Compiled by ESPNOutdoors.com staff


Season dates:




Archery: Archery dates vary by zones, but run between Sept. 10 and Feb. 18. Check specific zone regulations.
Muzzleloader: Permit muzzleloader dates vary by zones, but run between Nov. 21 and Feb. 11. Check specific zone regulations.
Youth: Bow - Sept. 24; Firearm - Nov. 19.
Firearm: Firearm dates vary by zones, but run between Dec. 5 and Feb. 11. Check specific zone regulations.
Special antlerless: Varies by weapon type and zone. Check specific regulations.


Resident license fees: All-around sportsman, $72.25; Senior firearm, $15.50; resident firearm, $27.50; senior archery, $16.50; resident archery, $ 31.50; youth firearm and youth archery, free; Deer permits for bow, shotgun or muzzleloader, $28; Youth deer permit, $12; Rifle permit, $9.50; Youth rifle permit, $5.


Nonresident license fees: Non-resident firearm and archery, $135.50. See regulations for specific details on non-resident licenses in New Jersey.


Bag limit: The bag limit varies and depends on the particular season and deer management zone (DMZ) being hunted. See regulations for specific details.


Hunter education/bowhunter education required? Yes, hunter safety courses are required before purchasing a firearm or archery license.


Population for 2005: 150,000 to 170,000 (2003 data).


Season forecast: While this particular 2005/2006 ESPNOutdoors.com Deer Forecast line item hasn't been updated for this year, New Jersey deer hunters should be able to expect similar hunting conditions to those they found a year ago.


So just exactly what does that mean to this fall's deer hunting campaign?


Well, a glance back at last year's forecast by New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Carole Kandoth shows that good weather on key deer season dates such as season openers and Saturdays would likely lead to another successful season in 2004.


With a stable deer herd in place and a sizable harvest each year, the bet here is that Garden State deer hunters had better keep their favorite venison recipes handy this fall!


2004 harvest: 58,564 deer.


Bow harvest: 22,651 deer.


Muzzleloader harvest: 10,359 deer.


Firearm harvest: 24,845 deer.


Number of licensed deer hunters: No answer given this year. Previous ESPNOutdoors.com Deer Forecast surveys have listed the number at least at 93,796 deer hunters.


Deer hunter success rates: Varies by season and deer management zone (DMZ) (2003 data).


Number of bowhunters: 36,607 (2004 forecast data).


Bowhunter success rates: Statewide average is 38.8 percent (2004 forecast data).


Number of muzzleloader hunters: 24,000 (2004 forecast data).


Muzzleloader success rates: Statewide average is 45 percent (2004 forecast data).


Number of firearm hunters: 77,660 (2004 forecast data).


Firearm success rates: Statewide average is 60.7 percent (2004 forecast data).


Top counties/regions: Hunterdon, Sussex, Warren, Burlington, and Monmouth counties (2004 forecast data).


Top public-hunting spots: Public lands in the top counties provide the greatest hunting success (2004 forecast data).


Testing conducted for chronic wasting disease?: Yes.


Units/areas that tested positive for chronic wasting disease: None.


State record typical: 175 7/8 inch buck taken in 1975 in Salem County.


State record non-typical: 214 3/8 inch buck taken in 1946 in Burlington County.


State record archery typical: 189 4/8 buck taken in 1995 in Monmouth County.


State record archery non-typical: 203 3/8 buck taken in 2000 in Cumberland County.


More information: Log onto the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife's Web site at www.njfishandwildlife.com or call (609) 292 2965. You may also write to: New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, P.O. Box 400, Trenton, NJ 08625-0400.


Did you know? 'Bank-A-Doe' is a new program hunters can use in 'Earn-A-Buck' (EAB) zones only (Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 36, 41, 49, 50 and 51) according to the Fish & Wildlife's Web site. The 'Bank-A-Doe' program allows hunters to fulfill the Permit Bow season antlerless requirement in EAB zones with antlerless deer harvested from EAB zones during the regular fall bow season ? No deer hunting is allowed in New Jersey on Sunday ? The state's Earn-A-Buck program ends after Dec. 10, 2005 for all seasons ? New Jersey deer hunters spend more than $100 million dollars annually as they enjoy approximately 1.5 million recreational days hunting whitetails ? In general, deer from the fertile agricultural regions are in the best condition in the Garden State, while deer in the state's outer coastal plains, or Pinelands, are generally in somewhat poorer condition. That's due to the Pinelands sandy, acidic soil composition, which generally provides vegetation with less nutrition for the region's deer ? The current goals of New Jersey's Deer Management Plan are to maintain a healthy deer population on suitable habitat within the state, keep deer densities at a level that is tolerable by New Jersey residents, and to maximize the recreational and economic benefits derived from this renewable natural resource ? The top trophy producing county, according to the New Jersey Outstanding White-Tailed Deer Program is Monmouth County, followed by Cumberland, Gloucester and Somerset ? The Outstanding White-Tailed Deer Program, begun in 1964, gives awards to the year's top deer based on field dressed weights and antler development ? New Jersey has more than 750,000 acres of public land available to the deer hunter according to the Division of Fish & Wildlife's Web site ? During the state's six-day firearm season, only deer with at least one antler 3 inches or longer are legal according to the Web site ? The 'Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program' is jointly sponsored by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and the United Bowhunters of New Jersey ? According to the Fish and Wildlife's Web site, the program is designed to recognize the quality of the state's deer resource and the sportsmen and women who hunt for them ? The program was initiated in 1964 and includes categories for the largest deer taken (based on field dressed weight) and for finest antler development. Awards are given for the current season's top scorers.
 

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I jst verified with capt. Meyer of fish and game that nightstrike is correct. The youth licanse is good to the end of the year.
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Thanks for the info and confirmation guys! I will be sitting in a tree next to him Saturday Morning! Hopefully it will be as memorable as his first deer was during youth shotgun day 4 years ago!
 
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