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NOTE: Hunting regulations available on the Pocket Ranger Mobile App are not for the current year and should be disregarded.
Please refer to links on this page and the 2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Digest for current regulation information.    

License Information

Permit Information

License Agents

Trapping in New Jersey

Join the Hunting E-mail List

Bureau of Wildlife Management

Application Forms

Operation Game Thief

Wildlife Restoration: Thank You For Hunting

New Jersey offers sportsmen and women more than 500,000 acres of state-owned public open space providing a diversity of habitats from hardwood ridges and rolling hills to pine forests and salt marsh. This total includes more than 350,000 acres in 122 Wildlife Management Areas, specifically managed to enhance wildlife populations and provide for wildlife-oriented recreation.

Hunters can enjoy more than a hundred days of deer hunting, including seasons for bow, shotgun and muzzleloading rifle. Multiple bag limits are the rule in most zones. The 2016-17 deer harvest was 49,246. In addition, some of the best waterfowl hunting on the East coast is found in the Garden State. Snow geese, brant, black duck, mallard, bufflehead and a variety of other waterfowl species provide extensive hunting opportunities, especially on the coastal marshes. The Rockport Pheasant Farm produces 50,000 pheasants annually for release on selected Wildlife Management Areas. The wild turkey, reestablished in the late 1970s, continues to thrive throughout the state with the population now estimated at 20,000 - 23,000 with an annual harvest of approximately 3,000 birds.

Pheasants released on WMA
Pheasant stocking under way!
Stocking Schedule Stocking Maps
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Photo courtesy of Tom Pagliaroli    

Bear Season Extended Four Days, December 13-16 (DEP News Release 12/10/17)   
Tuckahoe WMA Impoundments on Upper Township Side Closed Until Further Notice   
Deer, Bear, Small Game Hunting In December   
Employment Opportunity: Rockport Pheasant Farm   
Pheasant Season Update   
Furbearer Management Newsletter, Fall 2017   
WMA Habitat Management Projects   

Hot Topics   

Bear Season Extended Four Days, December 13-16 (DEP News Release)
Bear Season Information    
Bear and Deer Permits On Sale
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Hunting in New Jersey   

Deer Information   Wild Turkey Information   Waterfowl and Migratory Bird Information   
Hunter Education Program   Small Game Information   List of Guides   
Public Deer Hunting Land   Black Bear   Wildlife Management Areas   
Non-Resident Hunter Info   

Rules and Regulations   

License Information   Hunting Digest   Child Support Certification Info   
Deer Regulations   Wild Turkey Regulations   Black Bear Regulations   
Small Game Regulations   Waterfowl and Migratory Bird Regulations   Trapping Information   

Programs & Events   

Outstanding Deer Program   Deer Classic   Youth Hunting Program   
Disabled Vet Licenses   Disabled Hunter Info   Hunter Education Program   

Related Sites   

Wildlife Restoration Program   National Hunting and Fishing Day   
Hunting Articles   


Deer/Turkey/Trapping Permit Information   
Automated Harvest Reporting System (AHRS)   
Air Gun Hunting In New Jersey   
Trapping in New Jersey   
Farmer Information   
Take a Kid Hunting Program   
Wading River WMA Blinds for Youth Waterfowl Hunters   
Coyote Information   
Foxes in New Jersey   
Furbearer Management Newsletters   
Dog Training Areas   
Hunter Training Areas (Ranges)   
Fish and Game Council   
Revising Hunting and Fishing Regulations   
Hunters Helping the Hungry   
Rockport Pheasant Farm   
Commercial Shooting Preserve Information   
Captive Game Information and Permit Applications   
Semi-wild Shooting Preserve Information   
Safety Zone Information (pdf, 58kb)   
HUNT SMART Courtesy Card (pdf, 48kb)   
Emergency Contact Form (pdf, 36kb)   
Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics   
Information on Lead in the Meat of Wild Game   
Feature Articles    
2016 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 620kb)   
2013-14 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 115kb)   
2011-12 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 76kb)   
2009-10 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 73kb)   
2007-08 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 67kb)   
2005-06 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 77kb)   
2008-09 New Jersey Coyote/Fox Hunter Survey (pdf, 92kb)   
2007-08 New Jersey Coyote/Fox Hunter Survey (pdf, 92kb)   
2006-07 New Jersey Coyote/Fox Hunter Survey (pdf, 93kb)   
2005-06 New Jersey Coyote/Fox Hunter Survey (pdf, 94kb)   
2004-05 New Jersey Coyote/Fox Hunter Survey (pdf, 104kb)   
2012-2013 Waterfowl Hunter Survey (pdf, 310kb)   
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Last Updated: December 1, 2017

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