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Small Game Hunting in New Jersey


NOTE: Hunting regulations available on the Pocket Ranger Mobile App are not for the current year and should be disregarded.
Please refer to links on this page and the 2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Digest for current regulation information.

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Small game hunting in New Jersey provides hours of recreation afield every hunting season. From abundant native populations of rabbit and squirrel to elusive ruffed grouse, there are ample opportunities for sportsmen and women to enjoy the pursuit of game.

Each year approximately 50,000 pheasants raised at the Rockport Pheasant Farm are stocked on division Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), and 5,200 quail are released on two WMAs. Coyote and fox are perhaps the most challenging of the state's small game species. Though not nearly as popular as in past decades, trappers continue to take species such as raccoon, fox, opossum, mink, otter and beaver.

Hunter with pheasants and her dog
Photo by Tom Pagliaroli - click to enlarge
Small Game Information

arrow 2017 Pheasant Stocking Schedule (pdf, 105kb)
arrow Pheasant Stocking Maps
arrow 2017 Quail Stocking Schedule REVISED 12/1/17 (pdf, 35kb)
arrow Quail Stocking Maps
arrow Pheasant Allocation Formula (PAF)
arrow 2017-18 Small Game Seasons Summary (pdf, 335kb)
arrow Public Hunting Land
arrow Dog Training, Exercising & Hunting on Wildlife Management Areas
arrow Air Gun Hunting In New Jersey
arrow NJ Muzzleloading Squirrel Zone - North (jpg, 263kb)
arrow NJ Muzzleloading Squirrel Zone - North (pdf, 270kb)
arrow NJ Muzzleloading Squirrel Zone - South (jpg, 244kb)
arrow NJ Muzzleloading Squirrel Zone - South (pdf, 254kb)
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 Small Game Firearm Harvest Summary, 1973-2016 (pdf, 18kb)
arrow Game Bird Harvest Summary, 1973-2016 (pdf, 19kb)
arrow Rockport Pheasant Farm
arrow Information on Lead in the Meat of Wild Game
arrow Commercial Shooting Preserve Information
arrow Semi-wild Shooting Preserve Information


arrow Wild Turkey Information
arrow Migratory Bird Information
arrow Coyote Information
 arrowCoyote/Fox Hunting FAQ Sheet (pdf, 190kb)
 arrowLegal Ammunition For Hunting Coyote
arrow Foxes in New Jersey
arrow Dog Training Areas
arrow Bobwhite Basics Brochure (pdf, 1.0mb)
arrow New Jersey Northern Bobwhite Action Plan
arrow2012 Quail Action Plan Landowner Survey Results (pdf, 230kb)
arrow Northern Bobwhite Restoration Initiative (NJAS)
arrowNBRI NBCI Firebird Award Presented to NJ Farmer (NJAS, 9/12/17)
arrowN.J. helping quail make comeback (Press of Atlantic City, 7/24/16)
arrowBobwhites try for Jersey comeback -, 2/12/16
arrowQuail Surviving and Thriving In South Jersey -, 1/21/16
arrowFirst Quail Nesting in NJ Since 1980s Confirmed - NJAS Site, 7/16/15
arrow National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
arrow Trapping Information
arrow Hunting Regulations
arrow Hunter Education
arrow Wildlife Management Areas
arrow Forms
arrow Feature Articles
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Last Updated: February 16, 2018