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Deer Hunting Special Areas

Hunting Regulations Icon New Jersey Hunting

Regulations in red are new this year.

  • All Special Areas

    All Special Area Permits go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis at 10 am on MONDAY, September 11, 2017. Refer to specific areas for the closing deadline since permit sales for certain special areas are available only for a limited time.

    Special areas include federal military installations, certain state and county parks and national wildlife refuges where hunter access is controlled.

  • All state game laws and regulations apply to Special Areas.
  • Only ONE antlered deer may be taken per permit season, statewide, regardless of the number of permits possessed.
  • Due to homeland security measures and military actions, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife cannot guarantee all military installations will be available or open to hunting throughout each deer season. Hunters are reminded that Fish and Wildlife has a “no refund – no exchange” policy for deer permits.

Special Areas— County and State Parks

Atlantic County Park System (Zone 61)

Permits for Zone 61 will be available for sale until 11:59 p.m. on SUNDAY, October 1, 2017. Permits will be available for sale at all license agents and online over the Internet. The permit quotas for Zone 61 are as follows: 60 permits will be available for the Permit Bow Season, 60 permits will be available for the Permit Muzzleloader Season and 100 permits will be available for the Permit Shotgun Season.

Permit Bow Season: Oct. 28–Dec. 23 and Dec. 26–30, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Bow Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. A total of 60 permits are available.

Permit Muzzleloader Season: Nov. 27–28, Dec. 11, 12, 16–23, 26–30, 2017; Jan. 1–5, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. A total of 60 permits are available.

Six-day Firearm Season: Dec. 4–9, 2017; Please note: Hunting during the Six-day Firearm Season on Atlantic County Park property (Zone 61) is NOT open to all hunters. ONLY hunters with a valid 2017 Zone 61 Permit Shotgun Season permit may hunt the property during Six-day Firearm Season. Bag limit: two antlered deer. However, if a hunter harvests two antlered deer, they forfeit the opportunity to harvest an antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun Season. Only one buck may be taken at a time.

Permit Shotgun Season: Dec. 4–9 and 13–15, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Shotgun Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. However, for hunters who harvest two antlered deer during the Six-day Firearm Season, the bag limit in the Permit Shotgun Season is restricted to unlimited antlerless deer only. A total of 100 permits are available.

Winter Bow Season: Jan. 1–31, 2018; Bag limit: Unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer. Please note: Hunting during the Winter Bow Season on Atlantic County Park property (Zone 61) is NOT open to all hunters. ONLY hunters with a valid 2017 Zone 61 Permit Bow Season permit are allowed to hunt the property during Winter Bow Season.

Deer hunting is prohibited here all other times. The Atlantic County Park office is located at 6303 Old Harding Highway, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. All applicants must call (609) 625-8219 prior to the lottery for specific rules, restrictions and hunter orientation dates. Hunter orientation attendance is required for Zone 61. The use of bait is prohibited in Zone 61.

Cheesequake State Park (Zone 50)

Designated areas of the park are open to deer hunting. Deer Management Zone 50 regulations apply. A free park access permit is required. A limited supply of permits will be available. Contact the park office at (732) 566-2161 or check the park website for details. Hunters must supply both their current hunting and driver’s licenses.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park (Zone 11)

A portion of the Division of Parks and Forestry’s My Ben tract and Trap Rock-Knipe tract of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park in Delaware Township in Hunterdon County are open for deer hunting. Zone 11 regulations apply. Call (609) 397-2949 for more information.

High Point State Park (Zone 67)

To hunt High Point State Park, hunters must purchase a Zone 67 permit from a license agent or via Fish and Wildlife’s Internet license sales site. Permits will be available until the quota is met or the season ends, whichever occurs first. See Deer Season Permits.

Permit Muzzleloader Season: Nov.6–9 and 13–16, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer. The hunter’s first deer must be antlerless. Successful hunters may then harvest an antlered deer if in possession of an Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit. Any antlered deer taken in Zone 67 must have at least one antler with three antler points. A total of 350 permits are available.

Winter Bow Season: Jan. 1–31, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer. Any antlered deer taken in Zone 67 must have at least one antler with three antler points. Two deer may be taken at one time. Only those portions of Zone 67 that are south and west of Rt. 23 will be open for the winter bow season.

Deer hunting is prohibited in High Point at all other times. Hunters are not permitted in the park before 6 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Hunters must visit the park’s website for details on the hunt, hunting maps and regulations at nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/highpoint.html. The High Point State Park office is located at 1480 Rt. 23 South in Sussex. Call (973) 875-4800 for more information on park regulations before applying for a Zone 67 permit.

Hunterdon County Park System

Parks within the Hunterdon County Park System that are open to deer hunting require a park access permit. Applications are available at the Hunterdon County Arboretum, Rt. 31, Lebanon, NJ. Before hunting, call (908) 782-1158 for more information, or log onto co.hunterdon.nj.us and click on Parks and Recreation.

Mercer County Parks

The Mercer County Park Commission operates a deer management program at Baldpate Mountain (DMZ 41) in Hopewell Township. Hunters must apply for a county-issued permit. Hunting at Baldpate Mountain is allowed only on select days during the Permit Shotgun, Six-day Firearm and Permit Muzzleloader seasons.

The Pole Farm section of Mercer Meadows (DMZ 12) is open for the bow seasons.

To hunt Baldpate or the Pole Farm, call (609) 303-0706, email jrogers@mercercounty.org or check the website at www.mercercountyparks.org for season dates and permit requirements.

Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell Township (DMZ 41) allows limited permit muzzleloader and winter bow hunting. A non-refundable $5 fee is required. Deer hunting here is prohibited at all other times. Call (609) 737-3299 for more information, season dates, maps and access permits before purchasing a Zone 41 permit.

Middlesex County Park System

Portions of specified parks within the Middlesex County Park System are open to deer hunting. A park system permit is required. Call (732) 745-8278
for maps and more information.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park (Zone 64)

To hunt Monmouth Battlefield State Park, hunters must apply for a Zone 64 Permit. Permits will be available for sale until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. Permits will be available for sale at all license agents and online via the Internet. A total of 100 permits will be available for the Permit Shotgun Season. All hunters are required to complete and return a registration packet to Monmouth Battlefield State Park office prior to Dec. 1, 2017.

Permit Shotgun Season: Dec. 4–9, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. Two deer may be taken at one time. A total of 100 permits are available.

Six-day Firearm Season: Dec. 4–9, 2017; Bag limit: two antlered deer. Only one buck may be taken at a time.

Winter Bow Season: Jan. 1–Feb. 17, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer. Two deer may be taken at one time.

Deer hunting is prohibited at all other times. Hunters must comply with all state park regulations. Call (732) 462-9616 for more information on additional park regulations before applying for a Zone 64 permit.

Monmouth County Park System

Portions of specified parks within the Monmouth County Park System are open to deer hunting. A park system permit is required. Call (732) 842-4000 or visit monmouthcountyparks.com for maps and more information.

Morris County Park System

In accordance with the Park Commission’s deer management program, designated areas of select parks are open for deer hunting on select dates during the Fall Bow, Permit Bow, Winter Bow, Permit Shotgun and Permit Muzzleloader seasons. A Park Commission access permit is required. Hunting is prohibited at all other times. All applicable zone regulations apply.

The Morris County Park Commission will supply additional information about hunting regulations and procedures to those hunters that are issued an access permit. Call (973) 326-7622 or visit www.morrisparks.net/deer/index.asp for information about permit applications.

Ocean County Parks Department

The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation oversees the stewardship of the county’s Natural Lands Trust properties. Currently under the Natural Lands Trust Program over 13,000 acres of land is open to hunting. A full list of properties that are open to hunting can be obtained via the interactive map at www.planning.co.ocean.nj.us/natlands.htm or by calling the Parks Department (732) 506-9090. A complete list of rules and regulations may be viewed or downloaded from the website. At this time, there is no registration process or permit necessary to hunt on any Ocean County Natural Lands Trust properties. Hunters are encouraged but not required to call or email to inform us what properties you are hunting. This information is valuable for numerous safety related reasons, including notification if a prescribed burn is scheduled to take place. For more information regarding hunting please contact Geoffrey Lohmeyer at glohmeyer@co.ocean.nj.us or 732-506-9090 x 5941; or Mark Villinger at mvillinger@co.ocean.nj.us or 732-929-2054 x3055.

Rancocas State Park (Zone 48)

Designated areas of the park are open to deer hunting during the Fall Bow, Permit Bow and Winter Bow seasons. Deer Management Zone 48 regulations apply. The park is closed to deer hunting at all other times. Before hunting in Rancocas State Park, call (609) 726-1190 for more information.

Round Valley Recreation Area (Zone 12)

Designated portions of the area are open to deer hunting during all or portions of the Fall Bow, Permit Bow, Six-day Firearm and Winter Bow seasons. Deer Management Zone 12 regulations apply. The area is closed to deer hunting at all other times. Any area administered by Round Valley, not located within Round Valley Recreation Area, is also available for hunting. Contact the Round Valley office for hunting information at (908) 236-6355.

Six-Mile Run Reservoir site, administered by D & R Canal State Park (Zone 14)

Designated areas of the park are open to deer hunting during the Fall Bow, Permit Bow and Winter Bow seasons. Deer Management Zone 14 regulations apply. The park is closed to deer hunting at all other times. Call the Delaware-Raritan Canal State Park (609) 924-5705 for more information and a detailed map before hunting in Six-Mile Run Reservoir site.

Spruce Run Recreation Area (Zone 7)

Designated portions of the area are open to bowhunting for deer hunting during the Fall Bow, Permit Bow and Winter Bow Seasons. Hunting is not permitted on Sundays. Deer Management Zone 7 regulations apply. The area is closed to deer hunting at all other times. Hunters must use the boat launch parking lot. Call (908) 638-8572 for more information.

Washington Crossing State Park (Zone 41)

Designated areas of the park are open to deer hunting during the Fall Bow, Permit Bow and Winter Bow seasons. Deer Management Zone 41 regulations apply. The park is closed to deer hunting at all other times. Call (609) 737-0623 for more information.

Special Areas— Federal Installations (other than National Wildlife Refuges)

Earle Naval Weapons Station Depot (Zone 39)

(Zone 40 has been incorporated into Zone 39.)

Not open to the general public. The following information is provided for civilian employees or military personnel assigned to the base. Hunters must purchase a Zone 39 permit from license agents or via Fish and Wildlife’s Internet license sales site. Permits will be available until the quota is met or the season ends, whichever comes first. See Deer Season Permits. The hunter is responsible to confirm they have current authorization for access to Earle prior to purchasing a permit. Purchasing a deer permit for Zone 39 does NOT guarantee access to Earle Naval Weapons Station. Only those individuals who have authorization for hunting privileges and corresponding gate access on the installation are allowed to hunt. There are no refunds or exchanges for permits that cannot be used. Please contact Eric Helms at (732) 866-2337 for more information. Deer hunting is allowed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day in Zone 39.

Fall Bow Season (Zone 39): Sept. 9–Oct. 27, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer. First deer must be antlerless from Sept. 9–29, 2017. Two deer may be taken at one time.

Permit Bow Season (Zone 39): Oct. 28–Dec. 30, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Bow Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. A total of 190 permits are available. Two deer may be taken at one time.

Six-day Firearm Season (Zone 39): Dec. 4–9, 2017; Bag limit: two antlered deer. However, if a hunter harvests two antlered deer, they forfeit the opportunity to harvest an antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun Season. Only one buck may be taken at a time.

Permit Muzzleloader (Zone 39): Nov. 27–30 and Dec. 1, 2 and 11–30, 2017, and Jan. 1–Feb.10, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. Two deer may be taken at one time. A total of 100 permits are available.

Permit Shotgun Season (Zone 39): Dec. 2, 4–9, 16, 23, and 30, 2017 and Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Shotgun Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. However, for hunters who harvest two deer during the Six-day Firearm Season, the bag limit in the Permit Shotgun Season is restricted to unlimited antlerless deer only. Two deer may be taken at one time. A total of 160 permits are available.

Winter Bow Season (Zone 39): Jan. 1–Feb. 17, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer. Two deer may be taken at one time.

Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center (Zone 66)

The Technical Center is open to deer hunting through a cooperative agreement between the FAATC, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, and the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs (NJSFSC). Membership in the NJSFSC is required to obtain access to the Technical Center for deer hunting. Hunters wishing to hunt Zone 66 must have approval from the administrative authority of FAA Technical Center (Zone 66) before purchasing a Zone 66 Permit. Call (609) 485-6938 for more information.

Not open to the general public. Hunters must purchase their Zone 66 permits from license agents or via Fish and Wildlife’s Internet license sales site. Permits will be available for sale until the season ends or the permit quota is reached, whichever comes first. The hunter is responsible to confirm they have current authorization for access to FAATC prior to purchasing a permit. Purchasing a deer permit for Zone 66 does NOT guarantee access to the Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center. Only those individuals who have authorization for hunting privileges and corresponding gate access on the installation are allowed to hunt. There are no refunds or exchanges for permits that cannot be used.

The use of bait is prohibited in Zone 66.

Fall Bow Season: Sept. 9–Sept. 29, 2017; First deer must be antlerless. Sept. 30–Oct. 27, 2017; antlered or antlerless deer. Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer.

Permit Bow Season: Oct. 28–Dec. 23 and Dec. 26–30, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Bow Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. A total of 80 permits are available.

Permit Muzzleloader Season: Nov. 25–Dec. 2 and Dec. 8, 9, 2017 and Jan. 6, 13, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. Two deer may be taken at one time. A total of 15 permits are available.

Permit Shotgun Season: Nov. 25–Dec. 2 and Dec. 8, 9, 2017 and Jan. 6, 13, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Shotgun Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. However, for hunters who harvest two antlered deer during the Six-day Firearm Season, the Bag limit in the Permit Shotgun Season is restricted to unlimited antlerless deer only. Two deer may be taken at one time. A total of 65 permits are available.

Winter Bow Season: Jan. 1–31, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer.

Dix-McGuire section of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, U.S. Air Force, that formerly consisted of Fort Dix Military Reservation (Zone 37)

Hunters must purchase a Zone 37 permit. Permits will be available for sale until the season ends or the permit quota is reached, whichever comes first. Permits may be purchased at license agents or via Fish and Wildlife’s Internet license sales site. The hunter is responsible to confirm they have current authorization for access to Dix-McGuire prior to purchasing a permit. Purchasing a deer permit for Zone 37 does NOT guarantee access. Only those individuals who have authorization for hunting privileges and corresponding gate access on the installation are allowed to hunt. There are no refunds or exchanges for permits that cannot be used.

Hunters must comply with all Dix-McGuire regulations. Persons hunting on this post must sign in and out at Range 14 each day when hunting. Military training will take precedence over hunting. Call Range 14 at (609) 562-4676 on Wednesday/Friday 2 p.m.–8 p.m. or Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. for more information and fee schedules. Deer hunting is not permitted on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day in Zone 37.

Fall Bow Season: Sept. 30–Oct. 27, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer. Two deer may be taken at one time.

Permit Bow Season: Oct. 28–Dec. 23 and 26–30, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Bow Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. A total of 330 permits are available for Zone 37. Two deer may be taken at one time.

Six-day Firearm Season: Dec. 4–9, 2017; Bag limit: two antlered deer. However, if a hunter harvests two antlered deer, they forfeit the opportunity to harvest an antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun Season. Only one buck may be taken at a time.

Permit Muzzleloader Season: Nov. 27–30 and Dec. 1, 2, 11–13 and 26–30, 2017 and Jan. 2–6, 2018; Bag limit: two deer; one may be antlered only for hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit. A total of 480 permits are available for Zone 37.

Permit Shotgun Season: Dec. 23, 26 and 27, 2017; Bag limit: two deer, one may be antlered only for hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Shot-gun Permit. However, for hunters who harvest two antlered deer during the Six-day Firearm Season, the bag limit in the Permit Shotgun Season is restricted to two antlerless deer only. A total of 100 permits are available for Zone 37.

Winter Bow Season: Jan. 2–Feb. 17, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer. Two deer may be taken at one time.

Lakehurst section of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, U.S. Air Force, that formerly consisted of Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station (Zone 53)

Hunters must purchase Zone 53 permits from license agents or via Fish and Wildlife’s Internet license sales site. Permits will be available until the quota is met or the season ends, whichever comes first. See Deer Season Permits. The hunter is responsible to confirm they have current authorization for access to the Lakehurst section prior to purchasing a permit. Purchasing a deer permit for Zone 53 does NOT guarantee access to the Lakehurst section. Only those individuals who have authorization for hunting privileges and corresponding gate access on the installation are allowed to hunt. There are no refunds or exchanges for permits that cannot be used.

There is limited public hunting for hunters who are sponsored by current members of the Navy Lakehurst Rod and Gun Club. Military training will take precedence over hunting. Call (732) 323-2911 for more information. Deer hunting is not permitted on Christmas Day in Zone 53.

Fall Bow Season: Sept. 9–Oct. 27, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer. First deer must be antlerless from Sept. 9–29, 2017. Two deer may be taken at one time.

Permit Bow Season: Oct. 28–Dec. 23 and 26–30, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Bow Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. A total of 100 permits are available. Two deer may be taken at one time.

Six-day Firearm Season: Dec. 4–9, 2017; Bag limit: two antlered deer. However, if a hunter harvests two antlered deer, they forfeit the opportunity to harvest an antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun Season. Only one buck may be taken at a time.

Permit Muzzleloader Season: Nov. 25 and 27–30 and Dec. 1, 2, 11–23, and 26–30, 2017 and Jan. 1–13, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. A total of 100 permits are available.

Permit Shotgun Season: Dec. 4–9 and 13–15, 2017 and Jan. 6–13, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Shotgun Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. However, for hunters who harvest two antlered deer during the Six-day Firearm Season, the bag limit in the Permit Shotgun Season is restricted to unlimited antlerless deer only.
A total of 100 permits are available.

Winter Bow Season: Jan. 1–31, 2018; Bag limit: two deer—only one may be antlered.

Picatinny Arsenal (Zone 54)

Not open to the general public. The following information is provided for active duty or retired military personnel and Picatinny Arsenal federal civilian employees or retirees only. Contact Jon Van De Venter at (973) 724-4691 for more information. Deer hunting is not permitted on Christmas Day in Zone 54. There is no Sunday bow hunting allowed in Deer Management Zone 54.

Hunters must purchase a Zone 54 permit from license agents or via Fish and Wildlife’s Internet license sales site. Permits will be for sale until the season ends or the permit quota is reached. See Deer Season Permits. The hunter is responsible to confirm they have current authorization for access to Picatinny Arsenal prior to purchasing a permit. Purchasing a Zone 54 permit does NOT guarantee access to Picatinny Arsenal. Only those individuals who have authorization for hunting privileges and corresponding gate access on the installation are allowed to hunt. There are no refunds or exchanges for permits that can not be used.

Fall Bow Season: Sept. 30–Oct. 27, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and one antlered deer. Two deer may be taken at one time.

Permit Bow Season: Oct. 28–Dec. 23, 26–30, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Bow Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer A total of 60 permits are available. Two deer may be taken at one time.

Six-day Firearm Season: Dec. 4–9, 2017; Bag limit: two antlered deer. However, if a hunter harvests two antlered deer, they forfeit the opportunity to harvest an antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun Season. Only one buck may be taken at a time.

Permit Muzzleloader Season: Nov. 27, 28 and Dec. 11–30, 2017 and Jan. 1–6, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. Two deer may be taken at one time. A total of 50 permits are available.

Permit Shotgun Season: Dec. 4–9 and 16, 2017 and Jan. 6 and 8–12, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Shotgun Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. However, for hunters who harvest two antlered deer during the Six-day Firearm Season, the bag limit in the Permit Shotgun Season is restricted to unlimited antlerless deer only. Two deer may be taken at one time. A total of 50 permits are available.

Winter Bow Season: Jan. 1–31, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer. Two deer may be taken at one time.

Special Areas— U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System

Special regulations for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) lands are in effect throughout all authorized deer hunting seasons, in addition to state game laws and regulations. NOTE: No Sunday bowhunting on national wildlife refuges. The following federal regulations apply to all national wildlife refuges (NWRs) in New Jersey:

  1. Hunting over bait or distributing bait is prohibited on all refuges.
  2. The use of a spotlight or other artificial light—including automotive headlights—for the purpose of spotting, locating or taking any wildlife is prohibited on all refuges, regardless of whether one is in possession of a weapon.
  3. All firearm hunters (muzzleloader and shotgun) must wear an outer garment consisting of at least 400 square inches of solid fluorescent orange while deer hunting on any refuge (double the state law requirement).
  4. Entry is prohibited on all refuge lands posted Area Closed and on refuge roadways posted with Inholders Only signs.
  5. The use of nails, wire, screws or bolts to attach a stand to a tree, or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven to support a hunter, is prohibited on all refuges.

Most refuges can accommodate individuals who have obtained a permit for handicapped hunters from New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, including permits to hunt from vehicles. Interested persons should contact the appropriate refuge in advance of the deer hunting seasons.

Cape May NWR

Cape May NWR is open for all six deer seasons. Season dates and bag limits for Deer Management Zone 34 will apply. Contact the refuge office for more information at (609) 463-0994.

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (Zones 56, 57, 58 and 70)

To hunt Edwin B. Forsythe NWR, hunters must possess the proper permits. Permits will be available for sale until 11:59 p.m. on SUNDAY, Oct. 1. There are NO exceptions. Permits will be available for sale at all License Agents and online.

Only designated sections of the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR are open for deer hunting. All other areas are closed. The refuge only allows deer hunting by permit. While the Permit Bow, Permit Shotgun and Permit Muzzleloader seasons may overlap the Six-Day Firearm season dates, refuge hunting is only conducted under applicable permit regulations, not Six-day Firearm Season regulations.

Refuge parking permits and hunt maps will be mailed to hunters after the refuge receives notification of permit holders from New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Hunt maps are also available on the refuge website at www.fws.gov/refuge/edwin_b_forsythe/. Not all refuge deer hunting zones are posted with National Wildlife Refuge property and boundary signs. It is the hunter’s responsibility to know the zone boundaries.

The refuge encourages hunter feedback on your refuge hunting experience. For any questions, information or comments regarding refuge-specific hunting regulations or activities, call the refuge manager at (609) 652-1665. Additional information about the refuge may also be found at the refuge’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/ForsytheNWR.

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (Zone 56) is open for deer hunting to properly licensed hunters as follows:

  • Permit Shotgun Season (Zone 56): Dec. 11–15, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Shotgun Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. However, for hunters who harvest two antlered deer—not on the refuge—during the Six-day Firearm Season, the bag limit in the Permit Shotgun Season is restricted to unlimited antlerless deer only. Two deer may be taken at one time. A total of 25 permits are available for Zone 56.

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (Zone 57) is open for deer hunting to properly licensed hunters as follows:

  • Permit Bow Season (Zone 57): Oct. 28–Dec. 23, 26–30, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Bow Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. A total of 40 permits are available for Zone 57.
  • Permit Muzzleloader (Zone 57): Nov. 27, 28, Dec. 11, 12 16–30, 2017 and Jan. 1–5, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. Two deer may be taken at a time. A total of 40 permits are available for Zone 57.
  • Permit Shotgun Season (Zone 57): Dec. 4–9, 2017 are antlerless deer only. Antlered or antlerless: Dec. 13–15, 2017 and Jan. 6–31, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Shotgun Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. However, for hunters who harvest two antlered deer—not on the refuge—during the Six-day Firearm Season, the bag limit in the Permit Shotgun Season is restricted to unlimited antlerless deer only. Two deer may be taken at a time. A total of 40 permits are available for Zone 57.

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (Zone 58) is open for deer hunting to properly licensed hunters as follows:

  • Permit Bow Season (Zone 58): Oct. 28–Dec. 23, 26–30, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Bow Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. A total of 35 permits are available for Zone 58.
  • Permit Muzzleloader (Zone 58): Nov. 27–28, Dec. 11, 12, 16–30, 2017 and Jan. 1–5, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. Two deer may be taken at a time. A total of 35 permits are available for Zone 58.
  • Permit Shotgun Season (Zone 58): Nov. 29–Dec. 1 and 4–9 are antlerless deer only. Antlered or antlerless: Dec. 13–15, 2017 and Jan. 6–13, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Shotgun Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. However, for hunters who harvest two antlered deer—not on the refuge—during the Six-day Firearm Season, the bag limit in the Permit Shotgun Season is restricted to unlimited antlerless deer only. Two deer may be taken at a time. A total of 50 permits are available for Zone 58.

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (Zone 70) is open for deer hunting to properly licensed hunters as follows:

  • Permit Bow Season (Zone 70): Oct. 28–Dec. 23, 26–30, 2017; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Bow Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. A total of 15 permits are available for Zone 70.
  • Permit Muzzleloader (Zone 70): Nov. 27–28, Dec. 11, 12, 16–23, 26–30, 2017 and Jan. 1–5, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. A total of 15 permits are available for Zone 70.
  • Permit Shotgun Season (Zone 70): Dec. 13–15, 2017 and Jan. 13–20, 2018; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Shotgun Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. However, for hunters who harvest two antlered deer—not on the refuge—during the Six-day Firearm Season, the bag limit in the Permit Shotgun Season is restricted to unlimited antlerless deer only. A total of 25 permits are available for Zone 70.

Zones 56, 57, 58 and 70 are closed to deer hunting at all other times.

Great Swamp NWR (Zone 38)

To hunt Great Swamp NWR, hunters must possess a Zone 38 permit. Permits will be available for sale until 11:59 p.m. on SUNDAY, Oct. 1. There are NO exceptions. Permits will be available for sale at all license agents and online over the Internet.

The refuge is open only for Permit Muzzleloader and Permit Shotgun season hunting and closed to deer hunting at all other times. Hunters may apply only for either a Permit Muzzleloader or a Permit Shotgun permit, not both. Hunters must obtain a valid state hunting permit plus a refuge hunting permit. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge hunting permit fee is $26 ($13 for holders of a Senior, Golden Age, or Golden Access Passport and youths with a valid 2017 New Jersey Youth hunting license).

NOTE: Great Swamp hunting permits must be purchased through RecAccess online services. Go to https://RefugeHuntPermits.RecAccess.com, then create a RecAccess account to pay by credit card. The process is easy; user instructions are available via https://RefugeHuntPermits.RecAccess.com. For more information regarding the deer hunt, contact the refuge Visitor Services Manager, Jonathan Rosenberg at (973) 425-0215 ext. 115.

Great Swamp NWR (Zone 38) is open for deer hunting to properly licensed hunters as follows:

  • Permit Muzzleloader and Permit Shotgun Season (concurrent): Nov. 4 and 8–11, 2017. On Nov. 4 (Saturday), hunting is only for youths who possess a valid 2017 New Jersey Youth hunting license and a Zone 38 permit. Youths must be accompanied by a licensed but non-hunting adult that is at least 21 years of age. Bag limit: one deer—either antlerless or antlered. Hunters must be in possession of the appropriate Antlered Buck Permit before attempting to take an antlered deer. A total of 200 muzzleloader and 200 shotgun permits are available. The eastern side of the refuge (approximately 4,000 acres) will be open to muzzleloader hunting only and the western side of the refuge (approximately 3,700 acres) will be open to muzzleloader and shotgun hunting.

Supawna Meadows NWR (Zone 63)

Supawna Meadows NWR is open for Fall Bow, Youth Bow Day, Permit Bow and Winter Bow seasons ONLY! Zone 63 Bow dates, bag limits and regulations apply. The use of firearms is prohibited on Supawna Meadows NWR. No refuge permit fee is required to hunt Supawna Meadows NWR. For more information, call (609) 463-0994.

Any antlered deer taken on Supawna Meadows NWR must have at least one antler with three or more antler points.

Wallkill River NWR (Zone 2)

Designated areas of the refuge are open during all six deer seasons. Season dates and bag limits for Zone 2 apply. An annual hunting map, additional regulations and a signed access permit from the refuge must be obtained prior to scouting or hunting. The access permit is $30 (permit is free for youth; discounts available for those with Federal Senior or Access Passes) and must be signed and carried at all times when hunting on refuge property. Permits can be purchased online at www.WallkillRiverPermits.com; for more information, visit our website at www.fws.gov/refuge/Wallkill_River/visit/hunting.html, or call (973) 702-7266.

Special Areas—Other Public Lands

Bayside PSEG Tract (Zone 29)

Hunters interested in hunting this 4,500-acre PSEG property located in Greenwich Township, Cumberland County may visit www.pseg.com/environment/estuary or call (888) MARSHES for more information. Driving of deer is prohibited on all PSEG lands. Season dates and bag limits for Zone 29 apply.

Franklin Parker Preserve and Four Mile Spring Preserve (Zone 68)

Hunters must purchase Zone 68 permits from license agents or via Fish and Wildlife’s Internet license sales site. See Deer Season Permits. The hunter is responsible to confirm they have current authorization for access prior to purchasing a permit. The purchase of a deer permit for Zone 68 does NOT guarantee access to Zone 68. There are no refunds or exchanges for permits that cannot be used.

Franklin Parker Preserve and Four Mile Spring Preserve are managed by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Designated areas of these preserves are open to deer hunting. Contact the Foundation directly at (908) 234-1225 for more information.

Season dates and bag limits for Regulation Set #6 apply.

Horseshoe Bend Park (Zone 11)

Horseshoe Bend Park and adjacent state lands in Kingwood Township are open for limited deer hunting through a lottery system. Hunting in this park is prohibited at all other times. There is a non-refundable $5 fee for each season lottery application. Contact the Kingwood Township Park Commission at (908) 996-4276 or go to www.kingwoodtownship.com/parks for more information, season dates, maps and hunter access details.

Kingwood Township—Ukarish Property (Zone 11)

The Ukarish Property is open for limited deer hunting through a first-come, first-served process (limit 10 hunters) for bow hunting only. Hunting in this park is prohibited at all other times. Contact the Kingwood Township Park Commission at (908) 996-4276 or go to www.kingwoodtownship.com/parks for more information, season dates, maps and hunter access details.

Lizard Tail Swamp (Zone 34)

This 400-acre property, jointly owned by New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), is located in Middle Township, Cape May County. A TNC access permit is required. Call (609) 861-0600 for permit applications, maps and site-specific regulations. Season dates and bag limits for Zone 34 apply.

Newark Watershed (Zones 3 and 6)

The Newark Watershed, located in Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties, is open to deer hunting from September to December. A watershed access permit is required. Call (973) 697-1724 or (973) 697-1758 for access permit applications, maps and site-specific regulations. Season dates and bag limits for Zone 3 and Zone 6 apply.

Abbotts Meadow WMA—Formerly Salem Country Club (Zone 63)

The section of Abbotts Meadow WMA—Formerly Salem Country Club, located in Elsinboro Twp., Salem County is open for Fall Bow, Youth Bow Day, Permit Bow and Winter Bow seasons ONLY! The use of firearms is prohibited on the section of Abbotts Meadow WMA—Formerly Salem Country Club. For more information, call (609) 748-2065.

Antler Point Restrictions apply. Antlered deer must have at least one antler with three or more antler points.

Hunters Helping the Hungry Needs Help with Meat-processing Costs

Hunters Helping the Hungry, an organization that has enabled hunters to provide over one million servings of tasty and nutritious venison to feed New Jersey families since 1997, needs some help from the public to cover the costs of professional meat processing.

The program, which donated more than 20,270 pounds of venison (more than 81,000 meals from 545 hunter-provided deer) to food banks and charitable organizations last year alone, operates with limited funding. Butchers who participate in the Hunters Helping the Hungry program receive $65 to process the donated deer. Currently, hunters who donate deer to feed the hungry must contribute either $10 (for field-dressed deer weighing 50 lbs. or more) or $30 (for deer under 50 lbs.) toward that processing fee. However, during the early season (Sept. 9 through Sept. 29), the hunter fee will be waived except for small deer (dressed weight under 50 pounds) where the hunter fee will remain at $30. If the program’s funding runs out, hunters who donate deer will have to cover the entire cost for meat-processing.

Hunters should check on funding availability before harvesting a deer intended for donation by visiting the website below.

Anyone interested in making a charitable contribution to offset the program’s meat-processing costs can visit our website at HuntersHelpingTheHungry.org to donate securely through PayPal or send a check payable to: Hunters Helping the Hungry, P.O. Box 587, Lebanon, NJ 08833.

Participating Butchers Include:

Newton High School, Newton
(973) 383-7573 x243 (Call first for instructions.)

Game Butchers
The Person Family, Lebanon (908) 735-4646

57 West Deer Processing
Phillipsburg (908) 619-0195

Hunterdon Deer Butcher (908) 797-2315
51 Old Franklin School Rd., Pittstown

Bishop’s Market
Whitehouse Station (908) 534-9666

V. Roche & Son, LLC Meat Processing
9 High St., Whitehouse Station (908) 534-2006

The Hunter’s Butcher (732) 414-1446
967 Route 524 (Adelphia near Howell)

The Buck Stop, Stanley Mihalecz (856) 794-1281
989 Alvine Rd., Pittsgrove, Salem Co.

Bringhurst Fine Meats/Catering
Berlin (856) 767-0110

Butchers might not accept donated deer during the Six-day Firearm Buck Season,
decided by individual butchers on a day-to-day basis, from Dec. 4–9, 2017, so they can accommodate their regular customers. Hunters should contact the butcher in advance.

For upcoming fundraising events such as sporting clay shoots, a striper fishing trip and a 3-D archery shoot, visit HuntersHelpingtheHungry.org.