Lands Open or Closed to Sunday Bow Hunting
Updated September 17 and
October 6 and 7, 2009
The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that on Monday, May 4, 2009, Senate Bill 802 was signed into law. This legislative change amends the law (N.J.S.A. 23:4-24) to legalize deer hunting on Sundays with a bow and arrow on Wildlife Management Areas and on private property only. The change does NOT include any firearm hunting for deer, nor does it allow any type of hunting with either bow or firearm for any species other than deer.
Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are those public lands defined as being under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. A list of WMAs suitable for deer hunting may be found at www.njfishandwildlife.com/wmas.htm. Legal Sunday bow hunting for deer becomes effective on the opening day of the fall 2009 hunting season.
Hunters are reminded that this new privilege does NOT extend to other public lands, such as municipal or county parks, state parks or forests, or to any Federal lands. Therefore, you may legally bow hunt for deer on Sunday on any WMA open to deer hunting, but the following properties remain closed to Sunday deer hunting.
No Sunday Deer Hunting on the Following Properties:
ALL TOWNSHIP/MUNICIPALLY-OWNED LANDS
Atlantic County Park System (Zone 61)
STATE PARKS and RECREATION AREAS
Cape May NWR
OTHER PUBLIC LANDS
All State of NJ Natural Lands Trust