Hunting Digest Freshwater Digest Marine Digest
Click on images above for Digests

Job Openings

arrow 07/13/22 - Program Specialist Trainee
arrow 07/06/22 - Program Specialist Trainee

Featured Video

arrow 06/10/22 - Artificial Reef Ball Deployment On Manasquan Inlet Reef

Operation Game Thief Logo

WARN-DEP
 
Conserve Wildlife License Plate

Conserve Wildlife License Plate

Support the Endangered Species Program by purchasing a "Conserve Wildlife" license plate. Click for details!

Update: New Website

Photo of New Website

Visit the new Fish and Wildlife website, scheduled to replace the current site during the week of August 8th!

https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/


WMA Alert

The Clinton WMA Centerfire Rifle Range in Hunterdon County will reopen on Saturday, August 6, 2022. The range was temporarily closed for a sound abatement project. The range was temporarily closed for a sound abatement project.

The range will close again for the second phase of this project on August 25, 2022. More details about this second closure will be shared when the contractor provides an end date.

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife sincerely appreciates your patience and understanding while this work is completed and improvements are made.



WMA Alert

The Shotgun and Muzzleloader ranges in Makepeace Lake WMA in Atlantic County will be closed from July 16, 2022, to August 16, 2022, to remove stumps and small trees from the shot fall zone. These removals are required to conform to standards set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Best Management Practices for Outdoor Shooting Ranges."

In addition to this work, Bureau of Land Management staff will also install gun racks at the shotgun range to safely hold firearms when not being used.

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife recognizes that many users enjoy recreating at the Makepeace WMA shotgun and muzzleloader ranges. Efforts were made to ensure this closure is brief and has minimal impact on regulated hunting seasons.

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife appreciates your patience and understanding while this work is being completed and improvements are made.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Nathan.Figley@dep.nj.gov.


Fishing Alert

Atlantic Shortfin Mako Retention Limit Modification

At the recommendation of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), NOAA Fisheries has modified the retention limit for shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) in order to provide the stock an opportunity to rebuild to a sustainable level.

The retention limit for both the commercial and recreational fisheries in all state and federal waters is zero fish, effective July 5, 2022.

Assessments will be conducted annually to determine any future harvest limits.

Additional Information


Upcoming Event
HOFNOD Team Leaders

Become a Leader to get kids Hooked on Fishing.

Be the change you want to see, help get kids Hooked on Fishing! Pay it forward by becoming a Hooked on Fishing Leader.

Empowering families one fish at a time.


Wild Turkey Alert

Annual Wild Turkey Brood Sighting Surveys will be conducted from May 15 - September 15 to estimate the average number of wild turkey poults per hen statewide to gauge reproductive success and productivity.

New in 2022, NJ Fish and Wildlife is opening this survey up to the public for a larger sample size of observations. Habitat conditions, weather, and predators all significantly impact nest success and poult/hen survival during the breeding and brood-rearing seasons.

To participate in this survey please follow the instructions on the link below:

www.NJFishandWildlife.com/
turkeybroodsurvey


Fishing Alert

Attention Flatbrook Anglers - the National Park Service Road Route 615 (NPS 615) is closed between Flatbrookville and Haneys Mill Road due to a landslide.

Trout stocking will continue as scheduled and all typical stocking locations in Flatbrookville will be stocked as scheduled including the area near the USGS gauging station. Anglers will not be able to drive through the area impacted by the landslide, but can drive to within a few 100 feet of the landslide from both directions.

Anglers can access Flatbrookville and the stocking locations below the landslide in Flatbrookville from the South on NPS-615. The USGS gauging station area can be reached from the North along NPS-615.

Trout Fishing Information


WMA Alert

The Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area Trail is closed to all activity including but not limited to hiking, walking, bike riding and horse back riding from White Bridge Road to Upper Kingtown Road.

The area is closed because of hazardous trail conditions resulting from washouts and erosion.

Map of Closure (pdf, 4.92mb)


It's Our Anniversary!

Photo of Man and Child with Trout Stocking Truck from 1965

The times may have changed but one thing remains the same; everyone is excited for the Opening Day of Trout Season!

Join us in celebrating throughout the year as we feature stories and milestones in celebration of our 130th Anniversary!

Latest News

ASMFC Logo
arrow 06/09/22 - Opportunity to Apply for the NJ Governor’s Appointee to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)
Aerial View of WMA
arrow 05/16/22
Heislerville WMA Drawdown...

Photo of WMA Sign
arrow 05/16/22
Point Pleasant Fishing Access and Boat...

Photo of Fish and Wildlife Sign on Tree
arrow 05/10/22
Seasonal Closures in Five WMAs...


Recent Updates

arrow 08/02/22 - R3 Program - August Newsletter
arrow 07/05/22 - Monthly Bureau Reports - June Uploaded
arrow 07/01/22 - R3 Program - July Newsletter
arrow 06/28/22 - Skillful Angler Leaderboard Updated
arrow 06/16/22 - Skillful Angler Leaderboard Updated
arrow 06/10/22 - NEW VIDEO: Artificial Reef Ball Deployment On Manasquan Inlet Reef
arrow 06/08/22 - Skillful Angler Leaderboard Updated
arrow 06/03/22 - R3 Program - June Newsletter
arrow 06/02/22 - NEW VIDEO: The 110th anniversary of the Charles O. Hayford State Fish Hatchery
arrow 06/02/22 - Monthly Bureau Reports - May Uploaded
arrow 05/26/22 - Delaware Bay Shorebirds and Conflicts with Peregrine Falcons
arrow 05/23/22 - Skillful Angler Leaderboard Updated
arrow 05/17/22 - Skillful Angler Leaderboard Updated
arrow 05/16/22 - Skillful Angler Leaderboard Updated
arrow 05/13/22 - Skillful Angler Leaderboard Updated
arrow 05/06/22 - Skillful Angler Leaderboard Updated
arrow 05/06/22 - R3 Program - May Newsletter
arrow 05/05/22 - Monthly Bureau Reports - April Uploaded
arrow 05/02/22 - Summer Flounder Regulations Updated

Upcoming Meetings/Events

arrow 07/30/22 - Become a HOFNOD Team Leader at the Pequest Trout Hatchery
arrow 08/09/22 - Fish and Game Council Meeting
arrow 08/15/22 - Atlantic Coast Section of the Shellfisheries Council Meeting
 
Wildlife Habitat Program - Be a part of fish and wildlife conservation in New Jersey! Donate Now
HOFNOD logo
Find Your Hunting Location!
Links to Hunting & Trapping Explorer App
Find Your Place To Fish!
Places to Fish Image
Support NJ's Seafood Industry!
NJ Seafood Finder App
Registry Image Bear Image R3 Image CWD Image
Hunter Education Image Wildlife Action Plan Image CHANJ Image