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White-tailed Deer in New Jersey

 


December Hunting Information: Deer, Bear, Pheasants and More!
Hunters Permitted to Take Feral Hogs During Deer Seasons in Zones 25 and 65
Guidance to NJ Residents Who Hunt Deer, Elk or Moose in States Where CWD is Present
Urine-Based Deer Lures Advisory

New Jersey's deer herd is a major component of the landscape throughout all but the most urbanized areas of the state. Deer affect our forests, farms, gardens, backyards and roadways. From a population reduced to a handful of deer in the early 1900s they rebounded during the 20th Century to a thriving herd today.

A healthy deer herd, managed at levels that are compatible with current land use practices and the human population, has great value to the people of the state. Deer are photographed, watched and hunted by many New Jerseyans and visitors from elsewhere. Deer hunters spend more than 100 million dollars each year as they enjoy approximately 1.5 million recreation-days hunting deer. Money spent in the course of deer hunting benefits a wide variety of New Jersey businesses.

And for hunters looking for a place to hunt, New Jersey offers more than 750,000 acres of public land (state, federal, county and municipal) available to the deer hunter. Visit the Public Deer Hunting Land page for a breakdown of state Wildlife Management Areas, state parks and state forests by Deer Management Zone. The page also has links for maps and information on hunting land.

Father and son with deer
The "Take a Kid Hunting" program provides unique opportunities.
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Beautiful NJ Buck
New Jersey produces some quality deer, including on public land!
Click to enlarge
Courtesy Craig Lemon
2016-2017 Deer Hunting Information

Fall Bow (Early Zones Only, Regulation Sets #4-8), September 10
Youth Deer Bow Hunt, September 24
Fall Bow, October 1 (Statewide)
Permit Bow Season, October 29
Youth Deer Firearm Hunt, November 19
Six-day Firearm Season, December 5-10
Winter Bow, January 1, 2017
 
arrow 2016-2017 Deer Regulation Sets (pdf, 75kb)
arrow Deer Regulation Set Reference Chart and Zone Map
arrow Deer Management Zone Descriptions
arrow Deer Management Zone Descriptions (pdf, 110kb)
 
arrow Deer Permit Information
arrow Public Deer Hunting Land
   
arrow Reporting a Deer - Automated Harvest Report System (AHRS)
arrowDeer Hunting Location Viewer - Know your hunting DMZ/Unit/Township
arrowDeer Harvest Report Card (for recording information prior to using the AHRS and tagging harvested deer, pdf, 120kb)

 

New Jersey Deer Showcase
arrow Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program
arrow Garden State Deer Classic

Deer Harvest Data
arrow Comprehensive Harvest Summary Table, 1972-1973 through 2015-2016
 
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2015-2016 (pdf, 80kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2014-2015 (pdf, 35kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2013-2014 (pdf, 19kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2012-2013 (pdf, 19kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2011-2012 (pdf,16kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2010-2011 (pdf, 17kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2009-2010 (pdf, 20kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2008-2009 (pdf, 20kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2007-2008 (pdf, 17kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2006-2007 (pdf, 17kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2005-2006 (pdf, 17kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2004-2005 (pdf, 10kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2003-2004 (pdf, 10kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2002-2003
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2001-2002
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2000-2001
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 1999-2000
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 1998-1999
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 1997-1998
 
arrow Harvest Summary Table by County, 2015-2016 (pdf, 75kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by County, 2005-2015 (pdf, 19kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by County, 1995-2005 (pdf, 18kb)
 
arrow Age Data from 'Tooth Ring' Analysis

Suburban Deer Management
arrow Community-Based Deer Management
arrowCommunity Based Deer Management Manual for Municipalities (pdf, 320kb)
arrow Deer Management Assistance Program
arrow An Evaluation of Deer Management Options - Northeast Deer Technical Committee, May, 2009 (pdf, 955kb)
arrow An Integrated Approach for Managing White-Tailed Deer in Suburban Environments (pdf, Cornell University Study, 2014)
arrow Deer Management Position Statement (Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society)

Deer Health Information
arrow Biology of the White-tailed Deer
arrow Deer Fibromas (Warts)
arrow White Deer - Piebald and Albino Deer
arrow Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in New Jersey
arrow Chronic Wasting Disease Information
arrowUrine-Based Deer Lures Advisory
arrowGuidance On Hunting Deer, Elk or Moose in States Where CWD is Present (Updated 8/21/16)

General Deer Information
arrow White-tailed Deer - Natural History and Autumn Behavior
arrow Feeding Wild White-tailed Deer
“Don’t Feed Wildlife” (USDA Site)
arrow Antler Point Restriction (APR) Survey Results
arrow APR Data Summary from April 2010 Deer Hunter Forums (pdf, 156kb)
arrowForum APR PowerPoint Presentation (pdf, 533kb)
Wounding Rates of White-tailed Deer with Modern Archery Equipment (Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies)
arrow 2010 Bowhunter Survey Results
 
arrow Guidelines for Rating Deer Range and Condition in NJ
arrow Information on Lead in the Meat of Wild Game

ADDITIONAL LINKS

arrow Farmer Info
arrow Hunters Helping the Hungry
arrow North Jersey Deer Vehicle Crash Coalition
arrow Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics
arrow Regulations
arrow Wildlife Management Areas
arrow Forms
arrow Feature Articles
 
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Last Updated: November 30, 2016