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Law Enforcement and Regulation Information

For regulation questions, contact a New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement office that serves the county where you hunt or fish.

  • Northern Region — (908) 735-8240
    (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties)
  • Central Region — (609) 259-2120
    (Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties)
  • Southern Region — (856) 629-0555
    (Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties)
  • Marine Region — (609) 748-2050
    (coastal and bay areas)
  • To report violations anonymously call Operation Game Thief — (855) OGT-TIPS

After business hours, contact the 24-hour DEP Action Line at (877) WARN-DEP or (877) 927-6337.

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HUNTERS: Know Before You Go!

Two separate fish and wildlife convictions for violating any New Jersey saltwater, freshwater, trapping or hunting law within a five-year period will cause you to lose your hunting and fishing privileges for two-to five-years! This means convictions for taking under-sized or over limit striped bass in Marine waters can prevent you from hunting!

Wildlife management area violations such as possession of alcohol, swimming, ATV use and illegal dumping also fall under fish and wildlife offenses and can result in license revocation.

Don’t take a chance on losing your license because you heard the wrong information! If you have any questions regarding hunting or fishing regulations, please call your regional Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement office before going in the field.

The overwhelming majority of New Jersey hunters, trappers and anglers are ethical, law abiding citizens with a low tolerance for those not willing to follow the laws. If you see a violation occurring, report it immediately by calling 1-(877) WARN-DEP.

CPO Jonathan Malinski investigates illegal dumping at Tavern Rock Section of Peaslee Wildlife Management Area.
CPO Jonathan Malinski investigates illegal dumping at Tavern Rock Section of Peaslee Wildlife Management Area. Photo by CPO Lt. Craig James/NJDEP Fish and Wildlife

Dumping Violator Paid the Price

In the spring of 2021 Conservation Police Officers Jonathan Malinski and Keith Fox did a routine review of a surveillance camera in Great Egg Harbor River Wildlife Management Area. One of the images captured a passing pickup truck loaded with contractors’ garbage bags and other construction debris. The officers explored the area past the camera and discovered the pile of solid waste dumped in the forest.

Lt. Craig James picked up the investigation using shipping labels on the boxes. The debris was traced back to a Hammonton beauty salon. The owners of the salon acknowledged a recent remodel of the business but denied any knowledge of how the debris ended up dumped on the wildlife management area. They refused to aid the investigation by providing the identity of the owner of the truck in the photo. Solid waste dumping is a strict-liability law, meaning the business owners were held responsible in municipal court for the violation, where $2,241 in fines and restitution were assessed.

Illegal Dumping
Visitors to our wildlife management areas can help combat illegal dumping by reporting dumpsites to the NJDEP 24-hour call center at 877-WARN-DEP. Download NJDEP’s mobile app WARN NJDEP. Photo by NJDEP Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Law Enforcement

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

CPO Michael Bickerton patrols the Barnegat Bay during coastal waterfowl season.
CPO Michael Bickerton patrols the Barnegat Bay during coastal waterfowl season. Photo by CPO Nicole Carman/NJDEP Fish and Wildlife.

New Jersey is member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, a multi-state agreement designed to 1. enhance protection of wildlife resources in member states, 2. provide equal treatment of non-resident hunters/anglers/trappers, and 3. improve compliance with citations or summonses issued for wildlife violations.

Responsible hunters and anglers want wildlife violators removed from the population of ethical sporting enthusiasts.

Under the Compact, information about suspension of sporting license privileges for people convicted of wildlife violations in New Jersey will be shared with participating Compact states. The other Compact member states determine if the individual would also be suspended according to their own state laws.

Similarly, New Jersey will be provided with information on individuals suspended for convictions under the law of all Compact states. When reviewed, if the violation(s) would lead to suspension under New Jersey’s laws, that individual’s privileges will also be suspended in New Jersey.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If an individual has a wildlife license or privilege suspension in any Compact state, it is the individual’s responsibility to first contact the licensing authority in the state where they intend to hunt, fish, trap, harvest shellfish or otherwise take or possess wildlife to determine their eligibility before purchasing any license or engaging in those activities.

Under New Jersey law, two convictions of any violation of the fish and game laws of this or any other state within five years will result in a two-year hunting and fishing license suspension.

Individuals with wildlife violation convictions or license suspensions received outside of New Jersey may call the Compact Administrator at (609) 259-3347 to determine his or her license eligibility in New Jersey.

For more information on the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, including which states are members, consult the Fish and Wildlife’s website at

CPO Nicole Carman patrols Assunpink Lake.
CPO Nicole Carman patrols Assunpink Lake. Photo by CPO Capt. Shannon Martiak/NJDEP Fish and Wildlife.