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[C] Hunting


Opportunities abound in the Garden State!

With more than a hundred days of deer hunting, seasons for bow, shotgun and muzzleloading rifle, and some of the best small game, upland bird and waterfowl hunting on the east coast, New Jersey offers incredible opportunities for hunters! There are also hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands open to hunting including more than 358,000 acres in the Wildlife Management Area system.


How To Get Started

Preparing to hunt for the first time in New Jersey? Find everything you need to know to get legally licensed, educated and informed about your many choices for where and what to hunt in the Garden State.

Where To Go

More than 500,000 acres of state-owned public open space provide a diversity of habitats for hunting. In addition, hunters have access to firearm/archery ranges and dog training areas throughout the state.

Seasons and Regulations

New Jersey has extensive regulations related to long-term protection and wise use of the State’s game resource. Learn everything you need to know about season dates, bag limits, harvest reporting, and more.


50,000+ pheasants are stocked each year on 23 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), the Delaware Water Gap NRA, and Ft. Dix. Quail are also released on two WMAs. Plan your hunting activities with stocking maps and schedules.

Game Wildlife of NJ

New Jersey’s game include rabbit, squirrel, coyote, fox, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, pheasant, quail, woodcock and more. Learn more about these species and their management.

Mission and Work

Fish and Wildlife has dedicated staff whose mission is to protect and manage a diverse range of wildlife species and their habitats.


Learn more about farmer specific regulations, definitions, permits, contact, and applications.


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