Wildlife Management Area Regulations

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Regulations in red are new this year. Purple text indicates an important note.

 

The following are prohibited: alcoholic beverages, camping, cutting or damaging vegetation, dumping, fires, swimming and picnicking.

Regulations for use of wildlife management areas (WMAs) are established by the Division of Fish and Wildlife with penalties of not less than $50 nor more than $1,500. A second violation of any WMA regulation will result in a five-year loss of all sporting licenses and privileges.

Information on these regulations and permit applications may be obtained by writing to New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Mail Code 501-03, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420, or www.NJFishandWildlife.com/wmaregs.htm.

Fish and Wildlife may revoke any permit or other authorization issued for violation or due cause.

Boat Ramp Maintenance Permit

Any vehicle used to transport or launch a vessel or water conveyance on the following WMAs must have affixed to the lower corner of the driver’s side rear window a boat ramp maintenance permit, or a photocopy of a valid hunting, fishing or trapping license. Be sure your Conservation ID number is clearly displayed; all other personal information may be blacked out for reasons of privacy. The boat ramp maintenance permit fee is $15, available from a license agent or at Fish and Wildlife’s Internet sales site.

Persons 70 years and older are not required to obtain a boat ramp maintenance permit and need no license, but must affix to their window proof of age, such as a former license displaying your date of birth.

  • Round Valley Angler Access
  • Assunpink
  • Dennis Creek
  • Tuckahoe
  • Mad Horse Creek
  • Union Lake
  • Menantico Ponds
  • Prospertown Lake

Dog Training, Exercising & Hunting

A person may exercise or train dogs only in designated dog training areas from May 1 to Aug. 31, inclusive and only on the following select WMAs:

  • Assunpink
  • Black River
  • Clinton
  • Colliers Mills
  • Glassboro
  • Hainesville
  • Manasquan
  • Millville
  • Salem River
  • Stafford Forge
  • Tuckahoe
  • Whittingham
  • Winslow

All dogs must be properly licensed. A person may exercise or train dogs on any WMA from Sept. 1 to April 30. There shall be no exercising or training of dogs on any WMA on Nov. 5, 2010, the Friday before the opening day of the regular small game season.

Additional regulations involve the release of game birds for training, the use of pigeons, the use of firearms, frozen game birds, the use of call back pens and the release of fox, raccoon, rabbit and hare. For more information call (609) 984-0547.

Field Trials

Permits for use of wildlife management areas for running of field trials may be granted by the Fish and Wildlife. Permits may be obtained by calling (609) 259-2132.

Higbee Beach

Higbee Beach WMA is closed to hunting from Sept. 1 to Dec. 12, 2010.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is allowed on designated WMAs only by permit from the Division of Fish and Wildlife. Apply online at www.WildlifeLicense.com/NJ/. Horseback riding permits should be displayed on outer clothing while riding. For more information on horseback riding permits, call (609) 259-2132.

Hunting Regulations

Hunting with firearms is prohibited on Nov. 5, 2010 on those WMAs designated as Pheasant and Quail Stamp areas except in tidal marsh open to an ongoing waterfowl season. See Pheasants.

It is legal to possess and use a .22 caliber rifle and .22 caliber rimfire short cartridge on WMAs only for hunting raccoon and opossum and dispatching trapped animals other than muskrat.

Rifles, including muzzleloading rifles, may not be used to hunt woodchucks on WMAs.

Motor Vehicles & Other Forms of Conveyance

No person shall operate an unregistered vehicle on any state WMA. All motor vehicles are restricted to established public roads and parking areas.

All motor boats must be properly registered and have all the required safety equipment. (See Outboard Motors, below.)

The use of dog sleds and dog carts, off road vehicles, ATVs, trail bikes, or snowmobiles is prohibited on all WMAs unless authorized by Fish and Wildlife.

Outboard Motors

Only electric motors are allowed on freshwater lakes and ponds owned by NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife areas with the exception of Union Lake where an outboard motor, not exceeding 9.9 hp, may be used. On Prospertown Lake, only manually operated boats and canoes are allowed.

All titled boats must also be registered. Any boat mechanically propelled, regardless of length, must be registered. All boats greater than 12 feet, regardless of propulsion means, must be titled and registered.

Restricted Hours

Wildlife management areas are closed from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. unless engaged in lawful hunting, fishing or trapping activities. Special permission may be granted for Fish and Wildlife-approved activities.

Target Practice

Only archery, shotgun, muzzleloading shotgun, muzzleloading rifle and .22 caliber rimfire rifle shooting is allowed in designated hunter training ranges according to regulations posted at the training area.

The following types of ranges are available on designated WMAs statewide:

  • Shotgun Range: for use with clay birds and the patterning of fine shot;
  • Archery Range: approved backstops at select ranges, no broadheads allowed;
  • Muzzleloading Rifle and Shotgun Slug Range: for sighting in with shotgun slugs or buckshot, .22 caliber rimfire rifles and muzzleloaders; no other firearms allowed. See below for a list of ranges and requirements.

Waterfowl Blinds

No permanent waterfowl blinds, including pit blinds, shall be constructed, hunted from or used in any manner on any of the following WMAs:

  • Assunpink
  • Beaver Swamp
  • Black River
  • Colliers Mills
  • Hainesville
  • Tuckahoe
  • Manahawkin
  • Millville
  • Paulinskill
  • Prospertown
  • Salem River
  • Stafford Forge
  • Sedge Island
  • Whittingham
  • Winslow

Any blind used in these designated areas must be portable and shall be completely removed at the end of the day. Blinds remaining in WMAs will be subject to confiscation and properly disposed of by Fish and Wildlife.

 

Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Ranges

The following information pertains to New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife facilities. Information on privately operated facilities is available at “Where To Shoot,” a site maintained by the National Shooting Sports Foundation at www.wheretoshoot.org.

 

  • All WMA regulations apply.
  • Ranges are open 8 a.m. to sunset.
  • At least one member of the shooting party must have a current, valid New Jersey hunting license in possession.
  • Shotgun range: fine shot only. No buckshot or rifled slugs.
  • Archery range: target or practice tips only (NO broadheads.)
  • Muzzleloading rifle and shotgun range: muzzleloading firearms, shotguns with rifled slugs or buckshot and modern rimfire (.22 caliber) rifles only.
  • No handguns or centerfire rifles permitted.

NORTHERN REGION

Hunterdon County

Clinton WMA: Route 173W, Clinton

  • Shotgun, Archery, Muzzleloader (100 yards)

Morris County

Black River WMA: Route 513 (Dover-Chester Road), Chester

  • Archery, open year-round.
  • Shotgun: Closed weekends from the third Saturday in May through the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, as well as on Christmas and Easter. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. during this summer period, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the rest of the year. Hunter education classes will continue at the range and are not affected by these new hours.

Sussex County

Flatbrook WMA: Route 615, Layton

  • Shotgun, Archery, Muzzleloader (75 yards)

Warren County

Pequest WMA: Pequest Road, Oxford

  • Archery

CENTRAL REGION

Monmouth County

Assunpink WMA: Imlaystown-Hightstown Rd., Upper Freehold Twp.

  • Archery
  • Shotgun range is closed.

Turkey Swamp Park: Georgia Rd., Freehold Twp.

  • Archery (Special regulations apply; call 732-842-4000.)

Ocean County

Colliers Mills WMA: Off Colliers Mills & Hawkins Rds., Jackson Twp.

  • Archery, Muzzleloader (100 yards)
  • Shotgun range is closed.

Stafford Forge WMA: Off Route 539, south of Warren Grove, Little Egg Harbor Twp.

  • Shotgun, Archery, Muzzleloader (100 yards)

SOUTHERN REGION

Atlantic County

Makepeace Lake WMA: Elmwood-Weymouth Road, Weymouth

  • Shotgun, Archery, Muzzleloader (50 yards)

Gloucester County

Winslow WMA: Piney Hollow Road, Monroe Twp.

  • Archery
  • Shotgun and muzzleloader ranges are closed.

Cape May County

Tuckahoe WMA: Off Tuckahoe Road (Route 631), Tuckahoe

  • Archery
  • Shotgun range is closed.

Cumberland County

Millville WMA: Ackley Road (Route 718), Millville

  • Shotgun, Archery, Muzzleloader (100 yards)

 


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