New Jersey Hunter Safety Course


Approaching a Downed Animal

Once you find the game animal, approach it with caution from the rear. That way, if it is still alive and jumps up, you will not be in its way. If you see any movement from the downed game animal, you will have to take another shot at it - aimed at the base of the skull where it meets the spinal column, or in the heart and lung area. Most game animals will have their eyes open when they expire. A good way to determine if the animal has expired is to check for an eye blinking reflex with a long stick. Be sure to immediately attach any game or harvest tag as required.

Important! Once tagged with a transportation tag and field dressed, harvested deer must be taken to a deer check station to have a metal possession seal attached. If the station is closed, contact the NJ Fish Wildlife and inform them that you will take the deer to the check station on the following day. Consult the Fish Wildlife Digest for the number of your regional Fish Wildlife Bureau of Law Enforcement.