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Public Hunting Land in New Jersey

Open space mapLosing access to a hunting spot on private land and/or thinking there are no places to hunt are among the top reasons cited by those who stop hunting or hunt less in New Jersey. While it is true that private land hunting access is becoming more challenging, New Jersey is fortunate to have a steadily increasing amount of public land open to hunting.

More than 750,000 acres of public lands are available to the hunter in New Jersey. These acres include an exceptional diversity of habitats harboring an equally exceptional diversity of game. Whether you are pursuing deer, wild turkey, small game or waterfowl it is never hard to find spectacular hunting opportunities in the Garden State.

Public lands open to hunting are administered by various entities including Federal, State, County and Municipal governments. They include almost 345,000 acres in the state Wildlife Management Area System as well as acreage in 27 State Parks and Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, county parks and municipal parks and holdings. These areas are distributed throughout New Jersey, so hunters should have no problem finding a prime spot of their own.

In addition to government owned lands, other properties such as those owned by non-governmental conservation organizations may also be open to hunting. It is imperative though, that interested hunters check with the appropriate organization regarding their land use policies before venturing onto these lands.

The links below provide access to a variety of information resources for finding public land in New Jersey and public land, which may be open to hunting. Since hunting is not allowed on all public land, hunters should ground check each parcel they would be interested in hunting to verify the areas open to hunting.

WHERE TO HUNT IN NEW JERSEY

arrow Public Deer Hunting Land
arrow Lands Open or Closed to Sunday Bow Hunting
arrow Public Turkey Hunting Land (pdf, 52kb)
arrow Wildlife Management Areas and Maps
arrow State Parks and Forests
arrow NJ Natural Lands Trust Preserves
 
arrow iMapNJ - DEP's Interactive Mapping Tool for State Owned Land

The following allow hunting in designated areas.

COUNTY PARK SYSTEMS

arrow Atlantic County Parks
arrow Hunterdon County Parks
arrow Mercer County Parks (DMZ 41 - Baldpate Mt. and Howell Living Farm)
arrow Middlesex County Parks - Phone 732-8745-5988
arrow Monmouth County Parks - Phone 732-842-4000
arrow Morris County Parks

NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge

WATERSHED PROPERTY

arrow Newark-Pequannock Watershed

NEW JERSEY'S GAME SPECIES

arrow Black Bear
arrow Deer
arrow Wild Turkey
arrow Waterfowl and Migratory Birds
arrow Small Game

ADDITIONAL LINKS

arrow Hunting in New Jersey
arrow License Information
arrow Deer/Turkey/Trapping Permit Information
arrow Hunting Regulations
arrow Take a Kid Hunting Program
arrow Dog Training Areas
arrow Practice Ranges
arrow Rockport Pheasant Farm
arrow Hunting Articles
arrow Forms
 
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Last Updated: August 1, 2014