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Public Deer Hunting Land In New Jersey

New Jersey has more than 750,000 acres of public land available to the deer hunter. This list 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. 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 an access fee or have other special regulations. Refer to the Digest section Special Areas Hunting Season Information or contact the appropriate authority for details. See Hunting Opportunities On New Jersey’s National Wildlife Refuges for hunting opportunities on national wildlife refuges in New Jersey.

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.

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

  • USGS Topographic Maps: Topo quads — $10 ea.; State exact location including county, township, road or select a WMA, NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Maps and Publications: NJDEP Office of Constituent Services, MC 401-07A, PO Box 402, Trenton, NJ 08625-0402, (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. Free. NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry, MC 501-04, PO Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420, (800) 843-6420
  • Wildlife Management Area Maps: Maps and information on lands administered by NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Photocopies of individual WMA maps on USGS base available free. Specify which WMA.
  • NJ Div. Fish and Wildlife, WMA Map Request: MC 501-03, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420, (609) 984-0547
  • Download maps from our website at or create your own map by visiting and clicking on “Launch NJ-GeoWeb“, then “GeoWeb Profile”.

Public Land Open to Deer Hunting


Public Land


Bear Swamp WMA

Flatbrook—Roy WMA

Hainesville WMA

Stokes State Forest


Kittatinny Valley State Park

Paulinskill WMA

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge (see Special Areas)

Wawayanda State Park


Abram Hewitt State Forest

Hamburg Mountain WMA

Long Pond Ironworks State Park

Newark Watershed (see Special Areas)

Norvin Green State Forest

Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Ringwood State Park

Wawayanda State Park


Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Flatbrook—Roy WMA

Stokes State Forest

Walpack WMA

Worthington State Forest


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


Allamuchy Mountain State Park

Berkshire Valley WMA

Farny State Park

Morris County Park System—Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, Silas Condict Park (see Special Areas)

Newark Watershed (see Special Areas)

Rockaway River WMA

Sparta Mountain WMA

Weldon Brook WMA

Wildcat Ridge WMA


Buckhorn Creek WMA

Clinton WMA

Hunterdon County Parks Dept.—Union Forge Preserve, Tower Hill Reserve (see Special Areas)

Musconetcong River WMA

Spruce Run Recreation Area


Allamuchy Mountain State Park

Black River WMA

Hacklebarney State Park

Hunterdon County Parks Dept.—Cold BrookPreserve, Teetertown Ravine Nature Preserve, Point Mountain Preserve (see Special Areas)

Ken Lockwood Gorge WMA

Morris County Park System—Black River Park, Schooley’s Mountain Park (see Special Areas)

Musconetcong River WMA

Pequest WMA

Rockport WMA

South Branch WMA

Voorhees State Park


Black River WMA


Hunterdon County Parks Dept.—Musconetcong Gorge, the Drag Strip Property, Hoffman Park, Schick Reserve, South Branch Reservation, Uplands Reserve (see Special Areas)

Musconetcong River WMA


Hunterdon County Parks Dept.—Lockatong Nature Preserve, the Case Farm, Wescott Nature Preserve (see Special Areas)

Lockatong WMA


Hunterdon County Parks Dept.—Cushetunk Mountain Park, Sourland Mountain Nature Preserve, Deer Path Park, South Branch Reservation (see Special Areas)

Round Valley Recreation Area

South Branch WMA


No public deer hunting land


Assunpink WMA (Robbinsville Twp section only)

Pigeon Swamp State Park

Six Mile Run Reservoir State Park (see Special Areas)


Assunpink WMA

Monmouth County Park System—Charleston Springs Golf Course, Perrineville Lake Park (see Special Areas)


Turkey Swamp WMA

Monmouth County Park System—Bear Swamp Tract of Manasquan Reservoir, Howell Park Golf Course, Turkey Swamp Park, Yellowbrook Tract of Manasquan River Linear Park (see Special Areas)


Colliers Mills WMA

Monmouth County Park System—Clayton Park, Crosswicks Creek Park (see Special Areas)


Colliers Mills WMA

Manchester WMA

Whiting WMA


Medford WMA

Wharton State Forest


Double Trouble State Park

Forked River Mountain WMA

Greenwood Forest WMA

Lebanon State Forest


Bass River State Forest


Wharton State Forest


Bass River State Forest

Penn State Forest

Stafford Forge WMA

Swan Bay WMA

Warren Grove Recreation Area

Wharton State Forest


Cedar Lake WMA

Great Egg Harbor River WMA

Penbryn Pond WMA

Wharton State Forest


Great Egg Harbor River WMA

Hammonton Creek WMA

Makepeace Lake WMA

Port Republic WMA


Salem River WMA

Thundergut Pond WMA


Buckshutem WMA

Elmer Lake WMA

Parvin State Park

Union Lake WMA


Bayside PSE&G Tract (see Special Areas)

Cohansey WMA

Gum Tree Corner WMA

Mad Horse Creek WMA

Maskells Mill Pond WMA

Stowe Creek State Park


Bear Swamp Natural Area (closed Jan. 15–Aug. 1)


Egg Island WMA

Fortescue WMA

Nantuxent WMA

New Sweden WMA


Millville WMA

Buckshutem WMA


Beaver Swamp WMA

Belleplain State Forest

Cape May Wetlands WMA

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

Dennis Creek WMA

Heislerville WMA

Higbee Beach WMA

Tuckahoe WMA

Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve (see Special Areas)


D.O.D. Ponds

Harrisonville Lake WMA


No public deer hunting land


Fort Dix Military Reservation (see Special Areas)


Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (see Special Areas)


No public deer hunting land


No public deer hunting land


Alexauken Creek WMA

Mercer County Parks—Baldpate (Kuser) Mountain

Mercer County Parks—Howell Living History Farm


Port Republic WMA


Millville (Bevan) WMA


Menantico Ponds WMA

Peaslee WMA


Gibson Creek WMA

Great Egg Harbor River WMA

Tuckahoe WMA

Maple Lake WMA

Peaslee WMA


Peaslee WMA


Rancocas State Park (see Special Areas)


No public deer hunting land


Cheesequake State Park

Monmouth County Park System—Hartshorne Woods Park, Tatum Park, Thompson Park, Big Brook Park, Huber Woods, the Ramanessin Section of Holmdel Park (see Special Areas)


Allaire State Park

Manasquan River WMA

Manahawkin WMA

Monmouth County Park System—Shark River Park, Rt. 33 Tract and Shark River Park—East of Remsen Mill Rd. (see Special Areas)


Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station (see Special Areas)


No public deer hunting land


Glassboro WMA


Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (see Special Areas)


Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (see Special Areas)


Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge—north of Rt. 72 (see Special Areas)


Atlantic County Park System (see Special Areas)


Abbotts Meadow WMA

Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (see Special Areas)


Monmouth Battlefield State Park (see Special Areas)


Winslow WMA

White Oak Branch WMA


Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center (see Special Areas)


High Point State Park (see Special Areas)


Franklin Parker Preserve (see Special Areas)


Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, north of the Mullica River and south of Rt. 72 (see Special Areas)



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