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Dog Training, Exercising & Hunting
on Wildlife Management Areas


NOTE: The information on page 70 in the 2015-16 Hunting Digest, noting the Dog Training Area closure on the Friday before the opening day of the small game season (Saturday, November 7), is not correct; exercising and training of dogs is now permitted on that day.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife supports the proper use of dogs while hunting for designated game species. Dog Training Areas areas are maintained on 14 Wildlife Management Areas for public use. Below are regulations regarding the use of dogs on WMAs.

A person may exercise or train dogs in designated dog training areas from May 1 to August 31 inclusive, only on the following select WMAs:

Assunpink Glassboro Pequest Tuckahoe
Black River Hainesville (water dogs only) Salem River Whittingham (upland and water dog areas)
Clinton Manasquan Winslow  
Colliers Mills Millville Stafford Forge  

Dog on point All dogs must be properly licensed. A person may exercise or train dogs on any WMA from September 1 to April 30.

Additional regulations (see NJAC 7:25-2:20 below) involve the release of game birds for training, the use of pigeons, the use of firearms, frozen game birds, the use of call back pens and the release of foxes, raccoons, rabbits and hares.

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.

NEW JERSEY ADMINISTRATIVE CODE: 7:25-2:20 - Dog Training Rules (pdf, 28kb)

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Last Updated: October 29, 2015