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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 345,000 acres in 121 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 2013-14 deer harvest was 51,595. 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 Rockport Pheasant Farm produces 50,000 pheasants annually for release on selected Wildlife Management Areas. 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 Pheasant and Quail "Days to Hunt" Stocking Schedules
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ADDITIONAL LINKS

arrow Deer/Turkey/Trapping Permit Information
arrow Automated Harvest Reporting System (AHRS)
arrow Trapping in New Jersey
arrow Farmer Information
 
arrow Take a Kid Hunting Program
arrow Wading River WMA Blinds for Youth Waterfowl Hunters
 
arrow Coyote Information
arrow Foxes in New Jersey
Furbearer Management Newsletters
 
arrow Dog Training Areas
arrow Hunter Training Areas (Ranges)
 
arrow Fish and Game Council
arrow Revising Hunting and Fishing Regulations
arrow Hunters Helping the Hungry
 
arrow Rockport Pheasant Farm
arrow Commercial Shooting Preserve Information
arrow Captive Game Information and Permit Applications
arrow Semi-wild Shooting Preserve Information
 
arrow Safety Zone Information (pdf, 58kb)
arrow HUNT SMART Courtesy Card (pdf, 48kb)
arrow Emergency Contact Form (pdf, 36kb)
 
arrow Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics
arrow Information on Lead in the Meat of Wild Game
arrow Feature Articles
arrow Forms
 
arrow Antler Point Restriction (APR) Survey Results
arrow NJ 2010 Bowhunter Survey Results
 
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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Last Updated: October 29, 2014