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Observe social distancing guidelines at all times at the ranges and elsewhere.

Air Gun Hunting In New Jersey

The following information pertains to NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife facilities located on state Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). Users must bring their own targets and/or clay birds and launcher; archery ranges include backstops. For range location see maps linked from the List of Wildlife Management Areas. For other WMA information call 609-984-0547.

These ranges are maintained by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Bureau of Land Management through license sales revenue.

Those using the ranges must provide their own firearms and/or bows, ammunition, arrows, clay birds and/or targets. Only backstops at bow ranges are provided. Please note that state WMAs and facilities are "carry in - carry out" and trash receptacles are not provided; please plan accordingly to not leave any trash or recyclables behind.

Information on privately operated facilities is available at Where To Shoot, a site maintained by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Note that some shotgun ranges, and one muzzleloader range, have been closed to comply with the recommendations for best management practices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

New WMA Rifle Range Shooting Structure
New shooting structures now at five improved rifle ranges.
Click to enlarge

Mask Up Flyer TRAINING AREA REGULATIONS

  • All WMA regulations apply.
  • At least one (1) member of the shooting party must have a current, valid New Jersey hunting license in possession.
  • Shotgun is for fine shot (lead-free at Assunpink; smaller than No. 4 lead or No. T steel ammunition) only. NO BUCKSHOT OR RIFLED SLUGS
  • Archery is for target or practice tips for provided targets; Broadheads with user-provided 3D or bag targets.
  • Muzzleloader is for muzzleloading firearms, shotguns with rifled slugs or buckshot, modern .17 and .17 and .22 caliber rimfire rifles*, and air-guns in the calibers legal for small game hunting only.
  • Centerfire Rifle includes all firearms listed above for muzzleloading and centerfire rifles for up to and including .30 caliber.
  • No handguns permitted.
  • Hours are 8:00 a.m. - sunset (except Black River WMA, see below)
  • Ranges are "carry in - carry out" areas and trash/recycling receptacles are not provided; please take spent shells with you
  • Clinton and Makepeace Lake Range Rules

Range Locations (Region/County)
Range Descriptions (Archery/Shotgun/Rifle)
Above images found on page 65 in the 2020 Hunting & Trapping Digest

MAPS: Clicking on WMA name opens a location map in PDF format in a new tab or window.

NORTHERN REGION

Hunterdon County
Clinton WMA
Route 173W
Clinton
Shotgun, Archery, Centerfire Rifle (100 yards, Muzzleloader, Rimfire and Centerfire to .30 caliber)
NOTE: The Clinton Centerfire Rifle Range has special rules which must be followed. See below.

Morris County
Black River WMA
Route 513 (Dover-Chester Road)
Chester
Shotgun, Archery
Shotgun range hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday - Friday ONLY, from the third Saturday in May through the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. (Archery range remains open.)
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for the rest of the year.
Range is closed on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

Sussex County
Flatbrook-Roy WMA
Route 615
Layton
Shotgun, Archery, Centerfire Rifle (75 yards, Muzzleloader, Rimfire and Centerfire to .30 caliber)

Warren County
Pequest WMA
Pequest Road
Oxford
Archery

CENTRAL REGION

Monmouth County
Assunpink WMA
Imlaystown-Hightstown Road
Upper Freehold Twp.
Shotgun (lead-free shot only), Archery

Turkey Swamp WMA
Georgia Road
Freehold Twp.
*special regulations apply call 732-842-4000
Archery

Ocean County
Colliers Mills WMA
Off Colliers Mills and Hawkin Roads
Colliers Mills
Archery, Centerfire Rifle (100 yards, Muzzleloader, Rimfire and Centerfire to .30 caliber)

Stafford Forge WMA
Off Route 539 south of Warren Grove
Little Egg Harbor Twp.
Shotgun, Archery, Centerfire Rifle (100 yards, Muzzleloader, Rimfire and Centerfire to .30 caliber)

SOUTHERN REGION

Atlantic County
Makepeace Lake WMA
Elwood-Weymouth Road
Weymouth
Shotgun, Archery, Muzzleloader/Rifle (50 yards)
NOTE: The Makepeace Lake Muzzleloader/Rifle Range has special rules which must be followed. See below.

Gloucester County
Winslow WMA
Piney Hollow Road
Monroe Twp.
Archery (50 yards)
SHOTGUN and MUZZLELOADER RANGES CLOSED

Cape May County
Tuckahoe WMA
Off Tuckahoe Road (Route 631)
Tuckahoe
Archery
SHOTGUN RANGE CLOSED

Cumberland County
Millville WMA
Ackley Road (Route 718)
Millville
Shotgun, Archery, Centerfire Rifle (50 and 200 yards, Muzzleloader, Rimfire and Centerfire to .30 caliber)

 

Clinton and Makepeace Lake Range Rules

The following rules apply to the Clinton and Makepeace Lake Ranges ONLY:

  • All target frames must measure a minimum 30 inches from base to the bottom of the paper target held in the frame. Frames must be placed only on top of a target mound located at the 25, 50 and 100 yard lines. This minimum target height requirement will eliminate the risk of ricochet and ensure that all projectiles are collected in the berm behind the 100 yard target.

  • Shooters may supply their own frames which meet the above specifications.

  • Spinner type targets for .177 and .22 caliber firearms MUST be placed directly at the base of the 25-yard berm to direct all bullets into the berm. These targets are not to be used at other yardage or target mound placements.
Clinton Range Illustration
Clinton and Makepeace Lake Ranges Setup - Click to enlarge

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Last Updated: April 22 2021