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Fish and Wildlife Range Information

Makepeace Lake and Clinton WMA Ranges Reopen September 2, 2022

The Makepeace Lake WMA Shooting Range located off Weymouth-Elwood Road in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County and the Clinton WMA Centerfire Rifle Range in Hunterdon County have both REOPENED.

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife sincerely appreciates your patience and understanding during the extended closure.

Fish and Wildlife Range Information

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The following information pertains to New Jersey DEP Fish & Wildlife range 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 Fish & 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 shooting structures now at five improved rifle ranges.
New shooting structures now at five improved rifle ranges.

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 firearmsshotguns with rifled slugs or buckshotmodern .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. This includes ammunition in the .30 caliber family such as .308 and 30-06.
  • 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 (see below)

Range Locations (Region/County)
Range and Target Descriptions (Archery/Shotgun/Rifle)

MAPS: Clicking on WMA name opens an interactive map in a new tab or window.

Northern Region

Hunterdon County

Clinton WMA
Route 173W
Clinton, NJ 08809
Archery Range
Shotgun Range
Centerfire Rifle Range (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, NJ 07930
Archery Range
Shotgun Range
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, NJ 07851
Archery Range
Shotgun Range
Centerfire Rifle Range (75 yards, Muzzleloader, Rimfire and Centerfire to .30 caliber)

Warren County

Pequest WMA
Pequest Road
Oxford, NJ 07863
Archery Range

Central Region

Monmouth County

Assunpink WMA
Imlaystown-Hightstown Road
Upper Freehold Twp., NJ 08691
Archery Range
Shotgun Range (lead-free shot only)

Ocean County

Colliers Mills WMA
Off Colliers Mills and Hawkin Roads
Colliers Mills, NJ 08527
Archery Range
Centerfire Rifle Range (100 yards, Muzzleloader, Rimfire and Centerfire to .30 caliber)

Stafford Forge WMA
Off Route 539 south of Warren Grove
Little Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08092
Archery Range
Shotgun Range
Centerfire Rifle Range (100 yards, Muzzleloader, Rimfire and Centerfire to .30 caliber)

Southern Region

Atlantic County

Makepeace Lake WMA
Elwood-Weymouth Road
Weymouth NJ, 08330
Shotgun Range
Muzzleloader/Rifle Range (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., NJ 08037
Archery Range (50 yards)
SHOTGUN and MUZZLELOADER RANGES CLOSED

Cape May County

Tuckahoe WMA
Off Tuckahoe Road (Route 631)
Tuckahoe, NJ 08270
Archery Range
SHOTGUN RANGE CLOSED

Cumberland County

Millville WMA
Ackley Road (Route 718)
Millville, NJ 08332
Archery Range
Shotgun Range
Centerfire Rifle Range (50 and 200 yards, Muzzleloader, Rimfire and Centerfire to .30 caliber)

NOTE: 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

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Last Update: November 16th, 2022