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Public Deer Hunting Land in New Jersey

Public Deer Hunting Land in New Jersey

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New Jersey has more than 750,000 acres of public land (state, federal, county and municipal) available to the deer hunter. The list below is arranged by Deer Management Zone for public land open to deer hunting. Generally, only areas with 100 acres or more of upland habitat are listed. (For more information and resources visit the NJ Public Hunting Land page.)

State parks and forests that allow hunting may have some sections which are closed to hunting. Some areas allow deer hunting only during certain seasons, require access fees or have other special regulations. Refer to the section in the 2022-23 Hunting & Trapping Digest entitled “Special Area Hunting Season Information” or contact the appropriate authority for additional information.

Remember: Hunters must have permission to hunt agricultural land even if the land is not posted. Hunters should obtain permission before hunting any private property. Hunters are advised not to purchase a deer permit for a zone in which they have no place to hunt.

NOTE: The following abbreviations apply to the table below listing public deer hunting lands:

WMA = Wildlife Management Area
SP = State Park
SF = State Forest
NPDHL = No Public Deer Hunting Land
* Special Regulation Area – Consult the 2022-23 Hunting & Trapping Digest

Deer Management Zone Descriptions

Deer Public Hunting Land (pdf)

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONES

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 1
• Bear Swamp WMA
• Flatbrook—Roy WMA
• Hainesville WMA
• Stokes State Forest

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 2
• Kittatinny Valley State Park
• Paulinskill WMA
• Wawayanda State Park

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 3
• Abram Hewitt State Forest
• Hamburg Mountain WMA
• Long Pond Ironworks State Park
• Norvin Green State Forest
• Ramapo Mountain State Forest
• Ringwood State Park
• Wawayanda State Park

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 4
• Delaware Water Gap National
Recreation Area
• Flatbrook—Roy WMA
• Stokes State Forest
• Walpack WMA
• Worthington State Forest

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 5
• Beaver Brook WMA
• Columbia WMA
• Honey Run WMA
• Jenny Jump State Forest
• Paulinskill WMA
• Swartswood State Park
• Trout Brook WMA
• White Lake WMA
• Whittingham WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 6
• Allamuchy Mountain State Park
• Berkshire Valley WMA
• Farny State Park
• Rockaway River WMA
• Sparta Mountain WMA
• Weldon Brook WMA
• Wildcat Ridge WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 7
• Buckhorn Creek WMA
• Clinton WMA
• Musconetcong River WMA
• Pequest WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 8
• Allamuchy Mountain State Park
• Black River WMA
• Hacklebarney State Park
• Ken Lockwood Gorge WMA
• Musconetcong River WMA
• Pequest WMA
• Rockport WMA
• South Branch WMA
• Voorhees State Park
DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 9
• Black River WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 10
• Alpha Grasslands WMA
• Clinton WMA
• Musconetcong River WMA
• Pohatcong WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 11
• Lockatong WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 12
• South Branch WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 14
• Assunpink WMA
• Pigeon Swamp State Park

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 15
• Assunpink WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 16
• Butterfly Bogs WMA
• Turkey Swamp WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 17
• Colliers Mills WMA
• Pleasant Run WMA
• Prospertown Lake WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 18
• Colliers Mills WMA
• Manchester WMA
• Whiting WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 19
• Medford WMA
• Wharton State Forest

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 21
• Double Trouble State Park
• Forked River Mountain WMA
• Greenwood Forest WMA
• Lebanon State Forest

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 22
• Bass River State Forest

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 23
• Wharton State Forest

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 24
• Bass River State Forest
• Penn State Forest
• Stafford Forge WMA
• Swan Bay WMA
• Warren Grove Recreation Area
• Wharton State Forest
DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 25
• Cedar Lake WMA
• Great Egg Harbor River WMA
• Penbryn Pond WMA
• Wharton State Forest
• White Oak Branch WMA
• Winslow WMA
• Upper Great Egg Harbor Greenway

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 26
• Absecon WMA
• Great Egg Harbor River WMA
• Hammonton Creek WMA
• Makepeace Lake WMA
• Port Republic WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 27
• Salem River WMA
• Thundergut Pond WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 28
• Buckshutem WMA
• Elmer Lake WMA
• Parvin State Park
• Union Lake WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 29
• Cohansey River WMA
• Gum Tree Corner WMA
• Mad Horse Creek WMA
• Maskells Mill Pond WMA
• Stowe Creek State Park

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 30
• Bear Swamp Natural Area (closed
Jan. 15–Aug. 1)
• Dix WMA
• Egg Island WMA
• Fortescue WMA
• Nantuxent WMA
• New Sweden WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 31
• Clarks Pond WMA
• Cohansey WMA
• Millville WMA
• Buckshutem WMA
• New Sweden WMA
DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 34
• Beaver Swamp WMA
• Belleplain State Forest
• Cape Island WMA
• Cox Hall Creek WMA
• Cape May Coastal Wetlands WMA
• Dennis Creek WMA
• Heislerville WMA
• Higbee Beach WMA
• Tuckahoe WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 35
• D.O.D. Ponds WMA
• Harrisonville Lake WMA
• Raccoon Creek WMA
• Salem River WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 41
• Alexauken Creek WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 42
• Port Republic WMA
• Tuckahoe WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 43
• Millville (Bevan) WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 45
• Menantico Ponds WMA
• Peaslee WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 46
• Gibson Creek WMA
• Great Egg Harbor River WMA
• Maple Lake WMA (Lenape Farms
Tract)
• Peaslee WMA
• Tuckahoe WMA (Lenape Farms
Tract)
DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 47
• Peaslee WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 51
• Allaire State Park
• Manasquan River WMA
• Manahawkin WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 55
• Glassboro WMA

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 63
• Abbotts Meadow WMA (Open for
Bow and Arrow seasons ONLY
on the old Salem Country Club
property.)

DEER MANAGEMENT ZONE 65
• White Oak Branch WMA
• Winslow WMA

Maps and information on hunting land are available from the following sources:

Wildlife Management Area Maps – linked from www.njfishandwildlife.com/wmaland.htm
Bureau of Land Management
Mail Code 501-03
PO Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
609-984-0547
email WMAMAPS@dep.state.nj.us

USGS Topographic Maps
Maps for all land in New Jersey. $5.00 per sheet.
NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
Maps and Publications
Bureau of Revenue
P.O. Box 417
Trenton NJ 08625-0417
609-777-1038

State Parks and Forests Maps
Maps and information on lands administered by the Division of Parks and Forestry. Please specify park or forest when writing. Free of charge.
NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites
Mail Code: 501-04
PO Box 420
Trenton NJ 08625-0420
1-800-843-6420

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Last Update: September 23rd, 2022