Hunting in New Jersey

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Black Bear Hunting Season Update
The 2021 Black Bear Season Is Closed.

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 358,000 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 2020-21 deer harvest was 54,980. 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 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.

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arrow Women’s Beginner Waterfowl Hunt (NJ Outdoors Program Video, December 2019)

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Hunting in New Jersey
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arrow Air Gun Hunting In New Jersey
arrow Trapping in New Jersey
arrow Farmer Information
arrow Take a Kid Hunting Program
arrow Wading River WMA Blinds for Youth Waterfowl Hunters
arrow 2017 Youth Pheasant Hunt (DEP YouTube Channel)
arrow Inaugural Wounded Vet Pheasant Hunt, 2018 (Video)
arrow Veterans and Active Duty Military Waterfowl Hunting Days
arrow Coyote Information
arrow Foxes in New Jersey
Furbearer Management Newsletters
arrow Dog Training Areas
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arrow Fish and Game Council
arrow Revising Hunting and Fishing Regulations
arrow Hunters Helping the Hungry
arrow Semi-wild Shooting Preserve Information
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arrow Captive Game Information and Permit Applications
arrow Safety Zone Information (pdf, 58kb)
arrow HUNT SMART Courtesy Card (pdf, 48kb)
arrow Emergency Contact Form (pdf, 36kb)
arrow Hunting Photo Considerations (pdf, 2.8mb)
arrow Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics
arrow Information on Lead in the Meat of Wild Game
arrow Bald Eagles and Lead: A Deadly Mix (pdf, 280kb)
arrow Feature Articles
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arrow 2021 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 101kb)
arrow 2016 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 620kb)
arrow 2013-14 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 115kb)
arrow 2011-12 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 76kb)
arrow 2009-10 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 73kb)
arrow 2007-08 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 67kb)
arrow 2005-06 New Jersey Firearm Hunter Survey (pdf, 77kb)
arrow 2008-09 New Jersey Coyote/Fox Hunter Survey (pdf, 92kb)
arrow 2007-08 New Jersey Coyote/Fox Hunter Survey (pdf, 92kb)
arrow 2006-07 New Jersey Coyote/Fox Hunter Survey (pdf, 93kb)
arrow 2005-06 New Jersey Coyote/Fox Hunter Survey (pdf, 94kb)
arrow 2004-05 New Jersey Coyote/Fox Hunter Survey (pdf, 104kb)
arrow 2012-2013 Waterfowl Hunter Survey (pdf, 310kb)
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