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Prohibited Activities

Specifically Prohibited

  • Carrying a loaded firearm or nocked arrow (bowhunters, read about pending legislation under Safety Zone) within 450 feet of an occupied building or any school playground is prohibited, except the owner or lessee of a building and persons specifically authorized by him in writing may hunt within 450 feet of the building. Note: persons authorized to hunt within 450 feet of a building must be in the possession of the written permission when hunting.
  • Discharging a firearm or a bow and arrow on or across highways or roads.
  • Discharging a firearm or a bow and arrow from a motor vehicle.
  • Sights which project a spot or light onto the game animal.
  • Hunting for or shooting any wildlife by aid of a light, except when hunting raccoon, opossum while on foot or when hunting coyote/fox during the special coyote/fox season.
  • Hunting or shooting with the aid of a light attached to or carried in a vehicle.
  • On national wildlife refuges, the distribution of bait and/or hunting over bait. Also, no Sunday hunting on these lands.
  • Hunting with arrows, darts or any other device propelled by any means that is used for the purpose of injecting or delivering any type of drug into an animal.
  • Using electronic calling devices except when hunting for fox, raccoon, crow and coyote.
  • Possessing a loaded firearm in or on a motor vehicle, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs.) Possession of a loaded firearm in or upon a vehicle is considered proof of pursuing or taking of wildlife.
  • Transporting an uncased firearm in or on a motor vehicle or ATV.
  • Shooting into a squirrel’s nest.

In the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the following apply:

  • Baiting is prohibited.
  • No permanent tree stands or screw-in steps are permitted.
  • You cannot possess a loaded firearm while on any publicly traveled roadway within the area.
  • Trapping is prohibited.
  • No Sunday bowhunting.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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