The hunter's ed course is simple - don't sweat that. Read the booklet, watch the DVD, fill out the booklet. You do that, you'll be fine. If you want to do "extra credit", download and take those practice tests on the DFW website at NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife - Hunter Education Practice Exams - that will give you confidence that you know what you are doing when you take the written test. The tests are a breeze. Nothing to it. The field test is nothing but you shooting a few rounds through a rifle and shotgun (you don't even have to hit anything Show them you know how to handle the gun safely - I think that is the most important thing - e.g. finger off the trigger until ready to shoot, muzzle downrange always. The bow test requires you take time and practice beforehand because you need a bow fitted and sighted for you so you can hit the target 3 out of 5 times - so that takes the most time out of any of this.
As for scouting, I dunno On private land I have access to, I set up trail cams where I think they were and was surprised at how much deer traffic there was. So cameras can work well. I walk the woods and look for deer trails too. I also found the best time is when there is snow on the ground - I found where I was setting up last year on public land was great because I saw tracks coming from every which way in the snow. I never realized how much traffic there was until I saw the prints in the snow. Of course, they were all noctural, so I never did see them, but I'm going back in the fall, hopefully the pattern is the same. But that's about all I can tell you about scouting, I really have no idea what the [email protected]@l I'm doing But I like just being in the woods, so I figure I'll learn on the job so to speak.