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Non-Resident Hunting in New Jersey

ATTENTION CANADIAN AND OTHER NONIMMIGRANT ALIEN HUNTERS!
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has regulations requiring all nonimmigrant aliens who temporarily import firearms or ammunition into the US to first submit an ATF Temporary Importation Permit Form (PDF). For information, see the ATF site linked above or phone 800-800-3855, or 202-648-7777.

Information regarding hunting regulations, requirements, seasons and other topics is available in the NJ Hunting and Trapping DIGEST (published in August). Digests are available at Division offices, license agents, through the mail by request or on-line.

New Jersey hunting licenses are good for the calendar year and expire on Dec. 31 regardless of when they are purchased; there is also a Non-Resident 2-Day Small Game License which can be used for turkey and waterfowl in addition to other small game. Licenses are available at the Division's Pequest office and license agents as well as on-line. For use of a muzzleloading rifle, a NJ Rifle Permit is required in addition to the basic firearm hunting license. The Rifle Permit is required to purchase and use a muzzleloader deer season permit.

To purchase a NJ hunting license it is necessary to document possession of a previous year's resident license or hunter education course completion. Visitors to our license Web site will find the option to purchase hunting and trapping licenses "locked" if this documentation has not been entered into a customer's profile in the license database. For purchase information please see the Hunting License Information page. To have the license options "unlocked" see the Nonresident License Documentation page.

Waterfowl hunters should consult the Migratory Bird Supplement, published in September each year, for waterfowl hunting regulations. In addition to the Federal Duck Stamp, New Jersey also requires waterfowl hunters age 16 or older possess a New Jersey Waterfowl Stamp and Hunter Information Program certification.

New Jersey has an impressive amount of public land open to hunting. We welcome hunters from outside New Jersey and think you'll find our numerous seasons and often liberal bag limits appealing.

For further information by phone call 908-637-4125; to contact us via e-mail please use the E-mail NJ DFW page.

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Last Updated: January 2, 2014