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Lands Open or Closed to Sunday Bow Hunting

September 9, 2009
Updated September 17 and
October 6 and 7, 2009

The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that on Monday, May 4, 2009, Senate Bill 802 was signed into law. This legislative change amends the law (N.J.S.A. 23:4-24) to legalize deer hunting on Sundays with a bow and arrow on Wildlife Management Areas and on private property only. The change does NOT include any firearm hunting for deer, nor does it allow any type of hunting with either bow or firearm for any species other than deer.

Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are those public lands defined as being under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. A list of WMAs suitable for deer hunting may be found at www.njfishandwildlife.com/wmas.htm. Legal Sunday bow hunting for deer becomes effective on the opening day of the fall 2009 hunting season.

Hunters are reminded that this new privilege does NOT extend to other public lands, such as municipal or county parks, state parks or forests, or to any Federal lands. Therefore, you may legally bow hunt for deer on Sunday on any WMA open to deer hunting, but the following properties remain closed to Sunday deer hunting.

No Sunday Deer Hunting on the Following Properties:

ALL TOWNSHIP/MUNICIPALLY-OWNED LANDS

COUNTY PARKS

Atlantic County Park System (Zone 61)
Hunterdon County Park System
Mercer County Park System
Middlesex County Park System
Monmouth County Park System
Morris County Park System

STATE FORESTS

Abram Hewitt
Bass River
Belleplain
Jenny Jump
Lebanon
Norvin Green
Penn
Ramapo Mountain
Stokes
Wharton
Worthington

STATE PARKS and RECREATION AREAS

Allamuchy Mountain
Allaire
Bear Swamp Natural Area
Delaware & Raritan Canal
Double Trouble
Farney
Hacklebarny
High Point (Zone 67)
Kittatiny Valley
Long Pond Ironworks
Pigeon Swamp
Rancocas
Ringwood
Round Valley
Six Mile Run Reservoir
Spruce Run
Stowe Creek
Swartswood
Voorhees
Warren Grove
Washington Crossing
Wawayanda
NOTE: The former Wanaque WMA has been incorporated into Long Pond Ironworks State Park and is NOT open to Sunday bow hunting.

FEDERAL PROPERTIES

Cape May NWR
Delaware Water Gap NRA
D.O.D. Ponds
Earle Naval Weapons Station (Zones 39 & 40)
Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (Zones 56, 57, 58, 70)
FAA Technical Center (Zone 66)
Fort Dix Military Reservation (Zone 37)
Great Swamp NWR (Zone 38)
Lakehurst Naval Station (Zone 53)
Picatinny Arsenal (Zone 54)
Supawna Meadows
Wallkill River NWR

OTHER PUBLIC LANDS

Bayside PSEG Tract
All State of NJ Natural Lands Trust
Lizard Tail Swamp
Newark Watershed

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Last Updated: October 8, 2009