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PDF Segments of the 2020-21 New Jersey Hunting and Trapping Digest


This page and linked documents are provided for archival, research and informational purposes only.
For current regulations go to

2020-21 Hunting Digest Cover

The 2020-21 NJ Hunting and Trapping Digest is available on the Division's website in PDF format and on the publisher's website in an interactive format. View it on J.F. Griffin Media's site now:

Print versions are available at license agents. Out-of-state residents only can request a print copy by e-mailing

NOTE: An error was identified in the print version of the Digest:
The correct closing dates for the following zones in the Permit Bow Season are as follows:

November 21, 2020: Zones 21, 23, 24, 34, 43, 45, 46
November 29, 2020: Zones 1, 3, 4, 18, 22, 26, 30, 55, 63, 65
This error has been corrected in the PDF version of the Digest available on this website.

Past issues of the Hunting and Trapping Digest are linked below.

Complete 2020-21 Hunting and Trapping Digest (pdf, 10.0mb)


Cover - Page 6 Includes: Table of Contents; License Fee Information; Councils; Mission and Goals; Director's Message; Wildlife Restoration Program; About this Guide; and advertisements. (pdf, 3.1mb)

Pages 7 - 13 Includes: Licenses, Permits and Stamps Information; Disabled Vet License Information; Permit Deadlines; Checking Lottery Applications; Law Enforcement and Regulation Information; "Are You Being Watched?"; Know Before You Go; Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact; and advertisements. (pdf, 585kb)

Pages 14 - 19 Includes: Deer Season Permits Information; Antlered Buck Permit Deadlines and Information; Permit and License Agents; Hunter/Trapper Surveys; E-mail Lists; Youth Hunts Information; and advertisements. (pdf, 690kb)

Pages 20 - 25 Includes: General Hunting Regulations; Crossbow Safety Tips; Edible Portions Guide; Farmer Hunting and Permit Information; Deer Harvest Report Cards; Deer Harvest Trends; and advertisements. (pdf, 365kb)

Pages 26 - 43 (except 36 - 37 below) Includes: Deer Hunting Regulations;Feral Hog Information; "What Do I Need To Hunt Deer In NJ?"; Firearms, Bows and Ammunition Legal for Deer Hunting; "Who Let The Dogs Out?"; Pheasant Season Updates; Deer Hunting Regulations Summary; Landowner-Hunter/Trapper Agreement (HUNT SMART) Card; Special Areas Deer Hunting Season Information; Hunters Helping the Hungry; and advertisements. (pdf, 1.6mb)

Pages 36 - 37 Includes: Deer Management Zone Map and Deer Hunting Location Viewer. (pdf, 330kb)

Pages 44 - 63 Includes: Bear Hunting Regulations*; Bear Bowhunting Strategies; How Far Can Your Firearm Shoot; Wildlife Restoration Program; Small Game Regulations and Seasons Summary Table; Pheasant/Quail Stocking Schedule; Ruffed Grouse In NJ; Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Turkey Seasons Regulations and Information; Youth Turkey Hunt; Trapping Regulations; Bobcat Information; Migratory Bird Regulations; Youth and Veterans/Active Military Waterfowl Days; What Do I Need to Hunt Migratory Birds?; Report Banded Birds; Free Waterfowlers Clinic; and advertisements. (pdf, 1.9mb)
* NOTE: All state lands, including all state forests, parks, recreation areas, historic sites, natural areas and wildlife management areas, were closed to hunting of black bears as of August 30, 2018 (per Administrative Order 2018-24 (pdf) and will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Pages 64 - 75 Includes: WMA Regulations; WMA Ranges; Garden State Deer Classic; Outstanding Deer Program; Chronic Wasting Disease Information; State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs; Atlantic Brant Video; Bobwhite Quail; Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament; Operation Game Thief; Sunrise/Sunset Table; Public Deer Hunting Land; Maps Available; Safety Zone Information; Hunting Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges; and advertisements. (pdf, 1.8mb)

Pages 76 - 82 Includes: Hunter's Showplace Advertising Section; Telephone Directory; and advertisements. (pdf, 2.1mb)

Digest Advertising
The Division of Fish and Wildlife incorporates advertising in each issue of the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest to defray publishing and printing costs. This responsible use of funding permits the Division to expand communication and outreach efforts with the sportsmen and women who enjoy our wildlife resources.

To advertise in upcoming issues of the Digest (freshwater fishing, marine or hunting), click on the link to our publisher, J. F. Griffin Media, or call 413-884-1001.

Past Hunting Issues of the Fish and Wildlife Digest
Past issues are provided for archival, research and informational purposes only.

2019 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2018 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2017 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2016 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2015 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2014 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2013 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2012 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2011 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2010 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2009 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2008 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2007 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2006 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2005 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2004 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2003 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2002 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2001 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST

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Last Updated: November 19, 2020