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New Jersey


Division of Fish & Wildlife

State of New Jersey

Philip D. Murphy, Governor

Sheila Y. Oliver, Lieutenant Governor

Department of Environmental Protection

Shawn M. LaTourette, Commissioner

Office of Natural and Historic Resources

Ray Bukowski, Assistant Commissioner

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

Dave Golden, Director

Lisa Barno, Assistant Director

Ginger Kopkash, Assistant Director

Joe Cimino, Administrator, Marine Fisheries Administration

Al Ivany, Chief, Information and Education

Carole Stanko, Chief, Wildlife Management

Jeff Brust, Chief, Marine Fisheries

Russell Babb, Chief, Shellfisheries

Frank T. Panico, Acting Chief, Law Enforcement

Vacant, Chief, Freshwater Fisheries

Jason Hearon, Chief, Land Management

John Heilferty, Chief, Endangered and Nongame Species

Kim Springer, Chief, Business Administration

Cindy Kuenstner, Editor

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is a professional, environmental organization dedicated to the protection, management and wise use of the state’s fish and wildlife resources. The Digest is available at license agents and Fish and Wildlife offices. Information may be reprinted with permission. Subscriptions are not available. This Digest is designed and produced by J.F. Griffin Publishing, LLC; Partial funding for the Digest is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program.

Cover photo Eastern wild turkey gobbler in full strut.

New Jersey Fish and Game Council

Frank Virgilio, Chair

Phillip Brodhecker

Joe DeMartino

Jim DeStephano

Ed Kertz

Dr. Rick Lathrop

Robert Pollock

Loren Robinson

Ken Whildin

Where to Write Us

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife
MC 501-03 • P.O. Box 420 • Trenton, NJ 08625-0420 •

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

Our Mission

To protect and manage the state’s fish and wildlife to maximize their long-term ­biological, recreational and economic value for all New Jerseyans.

Our Goals

• To maintain New Jersey’s rich variety of fish and wildlife species at stable, healthy levels and to protect and enhance the many habitats on which they depend.

• To educate New Jerseyans on the values and needs of our fish and wildlife and to foster a positive human/wildlife co-existence.

• To maximize the recreational and commercial use of New Jersey’s fish and wildlife for both present and future generations.

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife receives federal assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and sex pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or service, contact N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife, MC501-03, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420. The telephone number is (609) 292-9410. You may also write to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240.

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Veteran / Active Military Waterfowl Hunts

Veterans and Active Military are welcome during two statewide, Veterans/Active Military Hunting Days on Nov. 6, 2021 and Feb. 5, 2022.

See Migratory Bird Regulations for details.

Feral Hogs

Report sightings, rooting evidence or other damage caused by feral hogs!

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services at (908) 735-8793

Certified Tracking Dogs Speed Recovery of Your Harvest

Responsible hunters strive to make that perfect shot. Afterwards, tracking conditions can sometimes be challenging.

To speed recovery of your harvest, call in the skills of a certified tracking dog. These trained dogs and their handlers have an impressive track record at finding difficult-to-recover deer while supporting the conservation ethic by which hunters live. Don’t hesitate to utilize this option if the need arises!

To locate a tracking dog visit

Hunters Helping the Hungry Needs Help with Meat Processing Costs

Hunters Helping the Hungry, an organization that has enabled hunters to provide over two 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 33,275 pounds of venison (133,100 servings from 1,054 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 $75 to process the donated deer. Due to recommendations from our friends at the NJ Farm Bureau working with the NJ Dept. of Agriculture, HHH was awarded a grant that allows us to waive the hunter's portion of the processing fees for hunter-donated deer weighing 50 lbs or more (dressed hanging weight) for the entire 2021–22 season. The hunter's fee for deer weighing under 50 lbs (dressed hanging weight) remains at $40. 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 HuntersHelping
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 (listed north to south):

Sussex County

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

Warren County

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

Hunterdon County

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

Mercer County

  • Farmer’s Butcher Shop
    91 Titus Mill Rd., Pennington (609) 737-0514

Salem County

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

Camden County

  • 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. 6–11, 2021, so they can accommodate their regular customers. Hunters should contact the butcher in advance.

For upcoming fundraising events such as sporting clay shoots, a golf outing and a 3-D archery shoot, visit

How Far Can Your Firearm Shoot?

12 gauge maximum ­distances
for shot sizes:

No. 6708 feet or 236 yards

No. 01,845 feet or 615 yards

No. 001,895 feet or 632 yards

Slug, 1 oz3,780 feet or 1,260 yards

Sporting Arms and Ammunition ­Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc.
Safety Series, 1075 Post Road, Riverside, CT 06878

• Distances above are with barrel held at an elevated angle for ­maximum trajectory. Always consider the angle of your barrel when shooting.

• Never shoot at or over the crest of a hill.

• All distances are approximate and can vary depending on the shotgun’s gauge/choke and ammunition used.