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New Jersey

Hunting

Deer Hunting Seasons

Changes to Deer Regulations

DRS Multi-zone Permits enable you to hunt all zones either in Regulation Set 7 or 8 for one low price per regulation set. See Deer Permits.

    • Deer Regulation Set (DRS) Multi-Zone Permits enable you to hunt all the zones in Regulation Set 7 or 8 for one low price per regulation set. See Deer Permits.
    • The use, possession and sale of deer-derived lures is banned. Hunters may still use synthetic or non-deer derived natural lures.
    • The importation into New Jersey of hunter-harvested whole deer carcasses and non-taxidermied heads is banned. See Chronic Wasting Disease.
    • All DMZs designated as Edwin B Forsythe are now incorporated into the surrounding deer management zones. See Special Areas Information.
    • An early Fall Bow Season is added to the Dix-McGuire section of Joint Base MDL (DMZ 37). See Special Areas Information.
    • An extended Winter Bow Season is added to the Lakehurst section of Joint Base MDL (DMZ 53). See Special Areas Information.

Archery Deer Seasons 2021–22

Sunday deer hunting ONLY legal for Archery deer seasons and only on WMAs and private property.

Hunting hours: half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset. NOTE: only ONE antlered buck per season per hunter is allowed.

Season

Regulation Set

Zones

Dates

Bag Limits

Additional Information

Fall Bow

7

8

7, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 12, 13*, 14, 15, 17, 36, 41, 49, 50, 51

Sept. 11–Oct. 1, 2021:

Must take ONE Antlerless Deer FIRST before pursuing an Antlered Buck

(Does not apply to Youth License Holders)

Oct. 2–29, 2021:

First deer can be of either sex

Unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered

(2 deer may be taken at a time)

Deer MUST be tagged immediately. All harvests must be reported by 8 p.m. on day of harvest.

Deer must be reported prior to pursuing additional deer, except in zones where it is legal to take two deer at a time.

6

5, 19, 25, 42, 48

9 antlerless and 1 antlered

(2 deer may be taken at a time)

5

2, 16, 27*, 28*, 29*, 31*, 35*, 47*

5 antlerless and 1 antlered

4

6

Unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered

3

30*, 55, 63*, 65

Oct. 2–29, 2021

2 antlerless OR 1 antlerless and 1 antlered

2

1, 3*, 4, 18, 22, 26

2 deer (only 1 may be antlerless)

0

21, 23, 24, 34*, 43, 45, 46

1 deer only (may be either sex)

Youth Day Archery

ALL

ALL Zones Listed in Fall Bow above

Sept. 25, 2021

1 deer only (may be either sex)

Must be accompanied by licensed, non-hunting adult. (See Take a Kid Hunting for details.)

Permit Bow

8

10, 11, 13*, 14, 15, 36, 49, 50, 51

Oct. 30–Dec. 24, 26–31, 2021

Unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered

(2 deer may be taken at a time)

To harvest an antlered deer, a Buck Permit - Bow is also required. Buck Permit is valid in any zone for which hunter has a zone-specific Archery Permit or DRS Multi-Zone Permit. Only 1 buck is permitted.

Deer MUST be tagged immediately. All harvests must be reported by 7 p.m. on day of harvest.

Deer must be reported prior to pursuing additional deer, except in zones where it is legal to take two deer at a time.

7

7, 8, 9*, 12, 17, 41

Unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered

(2 deer may be taken at a time)

6

5, 19, 25, 42, 48

9 antlerless and 1 antlered

(2 deer may be taken at a time)

5

2, 16, 27*, 28*, 29*, 31*, 35*, 47*

5 antlerless and 1 antlered

4

6

Unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered

3

30*, 55, 63*, 65

Oct. 30–Nov. 28, 2021

2 antlerless OR 1 antlerless and 1 antlered

2

1, 3*, 4, 18, 22, 26

2 deer (only 1 may be antlerless)

0

21, 23, 24, 34*, 43, 45, 46

Oct. 30–Nov. 20, 2021

1 deer only (can be either sex)

Winter Bow

7

8

7, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 12, 13*, 14, 15, 17, 36, 41, 49, 50, 51

Jan. 1–Feb. 19, 2022

Unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered

(2 deer may be taken at a time)

Deer MUST be tagged immediately. All harvests must be reported by 7 p.m. on day of harvest.

Deer must be reported prior to pursuing additional deer, except in zones where it is legal to take two deer at a time.

6

5, 19, 25, 42, 48

Jan. 1–31, 2022

9 antlerless and 1 antlered

(2 deer may be taken at a time)

5

2, 16, 27*, 28*, 29*, 31*, 35*, 47*

Jan. 1–31, 2022

5 antlerless and 1 antlered

4

6

Unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered

3

30*, 55, 63*, 65

2 antlerless OR 1 antlerless and 1 antlered

2

1, 3*, 4, 18, 22, 26

2 deer (only 1 may be antlerless)

0

21, 23, 24, 34*, 43, 45, 46

1 deer only (can be either sex)

Firearm Deer Seasons 2021–22

No Sunday Hunting for deer during any firearm season.

Hunting hours: half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset. Coyote and fox may be harvested incidently while hunting for deer during Firearm Seasons except for Youth Day.

Season

Regulation
Set

Zones

Dates

Bag Limits

Additional Information

Youth Day Firearm

ALL

ALL Zones Listed Below

Nov. 20, 2021

(See Take a Kid Hunting for details.)

1 deer only (can be either sex)

Must be accompanied by licensed/permitted, non-hunting adult. (See Take a Kid Hunting for details.)

Permit Muzzleloader

8

10, 11, 13*, 14, 15, 36, 49, 50, 51

Antlerless Only: Nov. 22–24, 26 and Dec. 6–11, 2021

Either Sex: Nov. 29–30; Dec. 13, 14, 18–24, 27–31, 2021; Jan. 1–Feb. 12, 2022

Unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered

(2 deer may be taken at a time)

To harvest an antlered deer, a Buck Permit - Muzzleloader is also required. Buck Permit is valid in any zone for which hunter has a zone-specific Muzzleloader Permit. Only 1 buck is permitted.

Deer MUST be tagged immediately and reported by 7 p.m. on day harvested. Any coyote harvested must be reported by 8 p.m. Reporting of gray fox harvests requested.

Deer harvest must be reported prior to pursuing additional deer, except in zones where it is legal to take two deer at a time.

7

7, 8, 9*, 12, 17, 41

Antlerless Only: Dec. 6–11, 2021

Either Sex: Nov. 29–30; Dec. 13, 14, 18-24, 27–31, 2021; Jan. 1–Feb. 12, 2022

6

5, 19, 25, 42, 48

Nov. 29–30; Dec. 13, 14, 18–24, 27–31, 2021; Jan. 1–31, 2022

9 antlerless deer and 1 antlered

(2 deer may be taken at a time)

5

2, 16, 27*, 28*, 29*, 31*, 35*, 47*

Nov. 29–30; Dec. 13, 14, 18-24, 27–31, 2021; Jan. 1–7, 2022

5 antlerless and 1 antlered

3

4

6, 30*, 55, 63*, 65

2 antlerless OR
1 antlerless and 1 antlered

2

1, 3*, 4, 18, 22, 26

Nov. 29–30; Dec. 13, 14, 18–24, 27–31, 2021

2 deer (only 1 may be antlerless)

0

21, 23, 24, 34*, 43, 45, 46

Nov. 29-30; Dec. 18–24, 27–31, 2021

1 deer only (can be either sex)

Permit Shotgun

8

10, 11, 13*, 14, 15, 36, 49, 50, 51

Antlerless Only: Nov. 22–24, 26 and Dec. 6–11, 2021

Either Sex: Dec. 15–17, 2021; Jan. 1–Feb. 12, 2022

Unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered

(2 deer may be taken at a time)

To harvest an antlered deer, a Buck Permit - Shotgun is also required. Buck Permit is valid in any zone for which hunter has a zone-specific Shotgun Permit. Only 1 buck is permitted, see exception below. Note: Shotgun Buck Permit becomes VOID if 2 antlered deer were harvested during Six-day Firearm Season.

Deer MUST be tagged immediately and reported by 7 p.m. on day harvested. Any coyote harvested must be reported by 8 p.m. Reporting of gray fox harvests requested.

Deer harvest must be reported prior to pursuing additional deer, except in zones where it is legal to take two deer at a time.

7

7, 8, 9*, 12, 17, 41

Antlerless Only: Dec. 6–11, 2021

Either Sex: Dec. 15–17; Jan. 1–Feb. 12, 2022

6

5, 19, 25, 42, 48

Dec. 15–17, 2021; Jan. 1–31, 2022

9 antlerless and 1 antlered

(2 deer may be taken at a time)

5

2, 16, 27*, 28*, 29*, 31*, 35*, 47*

Dec. 15–17, 2021; Jan. 8–15, 2022

5 antlerless and 1 antlered

3

4

6, 30*, 55, 63*, 65

Dec. 15–17, 2021

2 deer (only 1 may be antlered)

0

2

1, 3*, 4, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 34*, 43, 45, 46

1 deer only (can be either sex)

Six-day Firearm

ALL

ALL zones listed above

Dec. 6–11, 2021

2 antlered deer

Only 1 buck at a time may be taken.

Once harvest of first antlered deer is reported, the hunter may pursue a second antlered deer.

NOTE: If 2 bucks are harvested, the buck bag limit for the Permit Shotgun Season becomes ZERO.

Deer MUST be tagged immediately and reported by 7 p.m. on day harvested. Any coyote harvested must be reported by 8 p.m. Reporting of gray fox harvests requested.

Deer Zone Hunting Map