New Jersey hunters enjoy many types of hunting, numerous days afield and generous bag limits. But development and other human encroachment on the forests and fields of the Garden State has changed both wildlife habitat and land suitable for hunting, such that SAFETY ZONE awareness is even more critical for hunters.
What is a SAFETY ZONE?
What can you do to heighten your SAFETY ZONE awareness?
Remember, failure to hunt safely and responsibly is inexcusable. Always be a responsible hunter. Always be aware of your surroundings, the target and what may lie beyond the target. The principles of good conduct learned at your hunter education course are called into practice every time you hunt.
Take special care hunting on “high visibility” property, habitat where our adaptable wildlife species—especially white-tailed deer—are flourishing. Here, hunter conduct will be watched closely; the image we portray can have a great impact on the tolerance for our sport. Hunting these Special Areas carries added responsibility for you, as a hunter, to exercise restraint and make superior judgment decisions.
Hunting on national wildlife refuges is not permitted unless specifically opened as listed below. No Sunday hunting on national wildlife refuges.
Cape May NWR
24 Kimbles Beach Rd., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 (609) 463-0994; fws.gov/northeast/capemay
No refuge permit is required. Special hunting conditions apply. Contact refuge office for information.
Great Swamp NWR
241 Pleasant Plains Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920-9615
(973) 425-1222 ext. 155; www.fws.gov/refuge/great_swamp/
In addition to required state licenses and permits, hunters must obtain a Refuge permit for $26 ($13 for holders of a Senior, Golden Age, Access, or Golden Access pass and youths with a valid New Jersey youth hunting license).
Edwin B. Forsythe NWR
800 Great Creek Rd., Oceanville, NJ 08231-0072; (609) 652-1665; www.fws.gov/refuge/edwin_b_forsythe/
Information can be obtained at the refuge, at dispensers, at the headquarters, on the refuge website, or through the mail.
Supawna Meadows NWR
c/o Cape May NWR, 24 Kimbles Beach Rd., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, (609) 463-0994; www.fws.gov/supawnameadows/
Special hunting conditions apply. Contact refuge office for information.
Wallkill River NWR
1547 County Rt. 565, Sussex, NJ 07461-4013; (973) 702-7266;
In addition to the required state licenses and permits, hunters must obtain a refuge permit, either $30 for for a single game permit or $75 for a combination, all game permit. Discounts are available for Senior and Access pass holders. Youths remain free. Details on obtaining refuge hunt permits are available at the link above.
Special hunting conditions apply.
Regulations in red are new this year.
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