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Hunter Training Areas

Air Gun Hunting In New Jersey
Lead Shot Restriction Information

The following information pertains to NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife facilities located on state Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). Users must bring their own targets and/or clay birds and launcher; archery ranges include backstops. For range location see maps linked from the List of Wildlife Management Areas. For other WMA information call 609-984-0547.

These ranges are maintained by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Bureau of Land Management through license sales revenue.

Those using the ranges must provide their own firearms and/or bows, ammunition, arrows, clay birds and/or targets. Only backstops at bow ranges are provided. Please note that state WMAs and facilities are "carry in - carry out" and trash receptacles are not provided; please plan accordingly to not leave any trash or recyclables behind.

Information on privately operated facilities is available at Where To Shoot, a site maintained by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Note that some shotgun ranges, and one muzzleloader range, have been closed to comply with the recommendations for best management practices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

TRAINING AREA REGULATIONS

  • All WMA regulations apply.
  • At least one (1) member of the shooting party must have a current, valid New Jersey hunting license in possession.
  • Shotgun is for fine shot (lead-free at Assunpink; smaller than No. 4 lead or No. T steel ammunition) only. NO BUCKSHOT OR RIFLED SLUGS
  • Archery is for target or practice tips only - No broadheads.
  • Muzzleloader is for muzzleloading firearms, shotguns with rifled slugs or buckshot, modern .17 and .22 caliber rimfire rifles, and air-guns in the calibers legal for small game hunting only.
  • No handguns or centerfire rifles permitted.
  • Hours are 8:00 a.m. - sunset (except Black River WMA, see below)
  • Clinton Muzzleloader/Rifle Range Rules

NORTHERN REGION

Hunterdon County
Clinton WMA
Route 173W
Clinton
Shotgun, Archery, Muzzleloader (100 yards)
NOTE: The Clinton Muzzleloader/Rifle Range has special rules which must be followed, as well as closed dates. See below.

Morris County
Black River WMA
Route 513 (Dover-Chester Road)
Chester
Shotgun, Archery
NOTE: Closed weekends from the third Saturday in May through the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, as well as on the Christmas and Easter holidays. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. during this summer period, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the rest of the year. Hunter education classes will continue to be held at the range and will not be affected by these hours.

Sussex County
Flatbrook-Roy WMA
Route 615
Layton
Shotgun, Archery, Muzzleloader (75 yards)

Warren County
Pequest WMA
Pequest Road
Oxford
Archery

CENTRAL REGION

Monmouth County
Assunpink WMA
Imlaystown-Hightstown Road
Upper Freehold Twp.
Shotgun (lead-free shot only), Archery

Turkey Swamp
Georgia Road
Freehold Twp.
*special regulations apply call 908-842-4000
Archery

Ocean County
Colliers Mills WMA
Off Colliers Mills and Hawkins Roads
Colliers Mills
Archery, Muzzleloader (50 and 100 yards)
SHOTGUN RANGE CLOSED

Stafford Forge WMA
Off Route 539 south of Warren Grove
Little Egg Harbor Twp.
Shotgun, Archery, Muzzleloader (100 yards)

SOUTHERN REGION

Atlantic County
Makepeace Lake WMA
Elmwood-Weymouth Road
Weymouth
Shotgun, Archery, Muzzleloader (50 yards)

Gloucester County
Winslow WMA
Piney Hollow Road
Monroe Twp.
Archery (50 yards)
SHOTGUN and MUZZLELOADER RANGES CLOSED

Cape May County
Tuckahoe WMA
Off Tuckahoe Road (Route 631)
Tuckahoe
Archery
SHOTGUN RANGE CLOSED

Cumberland County
Millville WMA
Ackley Road (Route 718)
Millville
Shotgun, Archery, Muzzleloader (100 yards)

Clinton Muzzleloader/Rifle Range Rules and Closures

The following rules apply to the Clinton Muzzleloader/Rifle Range Only:
  • All target frames must measure a minimum 30 inches from its base to the bottom of the paper target held in the frame. Frames must be placed only on top of a target mound located at the 25, 50 and 100 yard lines. This minimum target height requirement will eliminate the risk of ricochet and ensure that all projectiles are collected in the berm behind the 100 yard target.

  • Shooters may supply their own frames which meet the above specifications, or use those provided on-site by the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Spinner type targets for .22 caliber firearms MUST be placed directly at the base of the 25 yard berm so that all bullets are directed into the berm. These targets are not to be used at other yardage or berm placement.

  • Range will be closed during Hunter Education sessions.
  • Clinton Range Illustration
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    Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

    Last Updated: April 24, 2014