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Public Deer Hunting Land In New Jersey

Due to COVID-19, prior to hunting these lands, hunters should visit the website of the property owner/manager to confirm that access is open.

New Jersey has more than 750,000 acres of public land available to the deer hunter. This list is arranged by deer management zone for public land open to deer hunting. Generally, only areas with 100 acres or more of upland habitat are listed. State parks and forests that allow hunting may have some sections which are closed to hunting. Some areas allow deer hunting only during certain seasons, require an access fee or have other special regulations. Refer to the Digest section Deer Hunting Season Special Areas Information or contact the appropriate authority for details. See Safety & Hunting Opportunities for hunting opportunities on national wildlife refuges in New Jersey.

Remember: Hunters must have permission to hunt agricultural land even if the land is not posted. Hunters should obtain permission before hunting any private property. Hunters are advised not to purchase a deer permit for a zone in which they have no place to hunt.

Updates since last year are noted below in red.

Use the Deer Location Viewer to help identify these sites:

Zone Public Land Open to Deer Hunting

1 • Bear Swamp WMA

• Flatbrook—Roy WMA

• Hainesville WMA

• Stokes State Forest

2 • Kittatinny Valley State Park

• Paulinskill WMA

• Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge (see Special Areas)

• Wawayanda State Park

3 • Abram Hewitt State Forest

• Hamburg Mountain WMA

• Long Pond Ironworks State Park

• Newark Watershed (see Special Areas)

• Norvin Green State Forest

• Ramapo Mountain State Forest

• Ringwood State Park

• Wawayanda State Park

4 • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

• Flatbrook—Roy WMA

• Stokes State Forest

• Walpack WMA

• Worthington State Forest

5 • Beaver Brook WMA

• Columbia WMA

• Honey Run WMA

• Jenny Jump State Forest

• Paulinskill WMA

• Swartswood State Park

• Trout Brook WMA

• White Lake WMA

• Whittingham WMA

6 • Allamuchy Mountain State Park

• Berkshire Valley WMA

• Farny State Park

• Morris County Park System (see Special Areas)

• Newark Watershed (see Special Areas)

• Rockaway River WMA

• Sparta Mountain WMA

• Weldon Brook WMA

• Wildcat Ridge WMA

7 • Buckhorn Creek WMA

• Clinton WMA

• Hunterdon County Parks Dept.—Union Forge Preserve, Tower Hill Reserve (see Special Areas)

• Musconetcong River WMA

• Spruce Run Recreation Area

8 • Allamuchy Mountain State Park

• Black River WMA

• Hacklebarney State Park

• Hunterdon County Parks Dept.—Cold Brook Preserve, Teetertown Ravine Nature Preserve, Point Mountain Preserve (see Special Areas)

• Ken Lockwood Gorge WMA

• Morris County Park System (see Special Areas)

• Musconetcong River WMA

• Pequest WMA

• Rockport WMA

• South Branch WMA

• Voorhees State Park

9 • Black River WMA

• Morris County Park System (see Special Areas)

10 • Hunterdon County Parks Dept.—Musconetcong Gorge, the Drag Strip Property, Hoffman Park, Schick Reserve, South Branch Reservation, Uplands Reserve (see Special Areas)

• Musconetcong River WMA

11 • Horseshoe Bend Park—Kingwood Township (see Special Areas)

• Hunterdon County Parks Dept.—Lockatong Nature Preserve, the Case Farm, Wescott Nature Preserve (see Special Areas)

• Lockatong WMA

12 • Hunterdon County Parks Dept.—Cushetunk Mountain Park, Sourland Mountain Nature Preserve, Deer Path Park, South Branch Reservation (see Special Areas)

• Mercer County Parks—Pole Farm Section

• Round Valley Recreation Area

• South Branch WMA

13 • Morris County Park System (see Special Areas)

14 • Assunpink WMA (Robbinsville Twp section only)

• Pigeon Swamp State Park

• Six Mile Run Reservoir State Park (see Special Areas)

15 • Assunpink WMA

• Monmouth County Park System—Charleston Springs Golf Course, Perrineville Lake Park (see Special Areas)

16 • Butterfly Bogs WMA

• Turkey Swamp WMA

• Monmouth County Park System—Bear Swamp Tract of Manasquan Reservoir, Howell Park Golf Course, Turkey Swamp Park, Yellowbrook Tract of Manasquan River Linear Park (see Special Areas)

17 • Colliers Mills WMA

• Monmouth County Park System—Clayton Park, Crosswicks Creek Park (see Special Areas)

• Pleasant Run WMA

• Prospertown Lake WMA

18 • Colliers Mills WMA

• Manchester WMA

• Whiting WMA

19 • Medford WMA

• Wharton State Forest

21 • Double Trouble State Park

• Forked River Mountain WMA

• Greenwood Forest WMA

• Lebanon State Forest

22 • Bass River State Forest

23 • Wharton State Forest

24 • Bass River State Forest

• Penn State Forest

• Stafford Forge WMA

• Swan Bay WMA

• Warren Grove Recreation Area

• Wharton State Forest

25 • Cedar Lake WMA

• Great Egg Harbor River WMA

• Penbryn Pond WMA

• Wharton State Forest

• White Oak Branch WMA

• Upper Great Egg Harbor Greenway

26 • Great Egg Harbor River WMA

• Hammonton Creek WMA

• Makepeace Lake WMA

• Port Republic WMA

27 • Salem River WMA

• Thundergut Pond WMA

28 • Buckshutem WMA

• Elmer Lake WMA

• Parvin State Park

• Union Lake WMA

29 • Bayside PSE&G Tract (see Special Areas)

• Cohansey River WMA

• Gum Tree Corner WMA

• Mad Horse Creek WMA

• Maskells Mill Pond WMA

• Stowe Creek State Park

30 • Bear Swamp Natural Area (closed Jan. 15–Aug. 1)

• Dix WMA

• Egg Island WMA

• Fortescue WMA

• Nantuxent WMA

• New Sweden WMA

31 • Millville WMA

• Buckshutem WMA

34 • Beaver Swamp WMA

• Belleplain State Forest

• Cape May Coastal Wetlands WMA

• Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

• Dennis Creek WMA

• Heislerville WMA

• Higbee Beach WMA

• Tuckahoe WMA

• Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve (see Special Areas)

35 • D.O.D. Ponds

• Harrisonville Lake WMA

36 • Morris County Park System (see Special Areas)

37 • Fort Dix Military Reservation (see Special Areas)

38 • Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (see Special Areas)

39 • No public deer hunting land

41 • Alexauken Creek WMA

• Mercer County Parks—Baldpate (Kuser) Mountain

• Mercer County Parks—Howell Living History Farm

42 • Port Republic WMA

• Tuckahoe WMA

43 • Millville (Bevan) WMA

45 • Menantico Ponds WMA

• Peaslee WMA

46 • Gibson Creek WMA

• Great Egg Harbor River WMA

• Tuckahoe WMA (Lenape Farms Tract)

• Maple Lake WMA (Lenape Farms Tract)

• Peaslee WMA

47 • Peaslee WMA

48 • Rancocas State Park (see Special Areas)

49 • No public deer hunting land

50 • Cheesequake State Park

• Monmouth County Park System—Hartshorne Woods Park, Tatum Park, Thompson Park, Big Brook Park, Huber Woods, the Ramanessin Section of Holmdel Park (see Special Areas)

51 • Allaire State Park

• Manasquan River WMA

• Manahawkin WMA

• Monmouth County Park System—Shark River Park, Rt. 33 Tract and Shark River Park—East of Remsen Mill Rd.

(see Special Areas)

53 • Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station (see Special Areas)

54 • No public deer hunting land

55 • Glassboro WMA

56 • Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (see Special Areas)

57 • Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (see Special Areas)

58 • Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (see Special Areas)

61 • Atlantic County Park System (see Special Areas)

63 • Abbotts Meadow WMA

• Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (see Special Areas)

64 • Monmouth Battlefield State Park (see Special Areas)

65 • Winslow WMA

• White Oak Branch WMA

66 • Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center (see Special Areas)

67 • High Point State Park (see Special Areas)

68 • Franklin Parker Preserve (see Special Areas)

70 • Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (see Special Areas)

Maps Available

Maps and information on hunting land is also available from the following sources:

Wildlife Management Area Maps

Free download. Maps and information on lands administered by NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. Both topographic and road maps available.

Photocopies also available of individual WMA maps on USGS base. Free. Specify which WMA.

NJ Div. Fish and Wildlife, WMA Map Request

MC 501-03, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

(609) 984-0547.

NJ Hunting and Trapping Zone Maps Now Online!

New this season are hunting and trapping zone maps for deer, bear, waterfowl, turkey, beaver/otter plus other species. Maps are available at

USGS Topographic Maps

Free download. Topo quads available.

State Parks and Forests Maps

Free download. Find a state park, forest,

recreation area or marina by location. Maps and information on lands administered by the Division of Parks and

Forestry. Specify which park or forest. Free.

NJ DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry

MC 501-04, PO Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

(800) 843-6420

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