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New Jersey

Hunting

Wildlife Management Area Ranges

  • All WMA regulations apply.
  • All ranges, with the exception of the Black River range, 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 tips only. NO broadheads allowed on any WMA range, regardless of the target used.
  • Muzzleloading rifle range: muzzleloading firearms, shotguns (rifled slug, buckshot), ­modern rimfire rifles ( .177, .22 caliber) and air guns in calibers legal for hunting are allowed.
  • No handguns - Centerfire rifles are permitted at the Clinton, Colliers Mills and Millville ranges only.

NOTICE: Range Renovations, Closures

Muzzleloader ranges scheduled for renovation include Colliers Mills and Stafford Forge WMAs. Portions of these ranges may be open occasionally during the process. Shotgun ranges are open but cannot accommodate air guns, shotgun slugs, buckshot or rifles of any type. Plan ahead for sighting in and practice prior to the hunting seasons! The renovations—including covered shooting stations, new benches and berm enhancements—are based on NRA guidelines. Check our website for schedule updates and closures: NJFishandWildlife.com/ranges.htm.

Range Descriptions

Range Designation

Allowable Firearm/Archery Equipment

Shot/Projectile Type

Target Type

Archery Range Cross, Compound, Recurve, and Long Bows Field Tip Only Bag Target, provided by NJDFW
Broadhead Bag or 3-D target, provided by user
Shotgun Range All gauges legal for hunting in NJ Fine Shot Only Clay birds, patterning boards
Muzzleloader Rifle Range Muzzleloader and Shotgun Rifle/Sabot Slugs, Buckshot Paper targets
Rimfire Rifles (.17 and .22 Caliber) Rimfire ammunition Spinnning , paper targets
Air guns (.177 and .22 Caliber) Pellet Spinnning , paper targets
Centerfire Rifle Centerfire Rifle ≤ .30 Caliber Single projectile Paper targets
Muzzleloader and Shotgun Rifle/Sabot Slugs, Buckshot Paper targets
Rimfire Rifles (.17 and .22 Caliber) Rimfire ammunition Spinnning , paper targets
Air guns (.177 and .22 Caliber) Pellet Spinnning , paper targets

Ranges by Region

County

Wildlife Mangement Area

Archery Range

Shotgun Range

Muzzleloader Rifle Range

Centerfire Rifle

Location

Northern Region

Hunterdon Clinton

 (100 Yards)*

Rt. 173 W, Clinton
Morris Black River

*

Rt. 513 (Dover-Chester Rd.), Chester
Sussex Flatbrook

 (75 yards)

Rt. 615, Layton
Warren Pequest

Pequest Rd., Oxford

Central Region

Monmouth Assunpink

*

Imlaystown-Hightstown Rd., Upper Freehold Twp.
Turkey Swamp

*

Georgia Rd., Freehold Twp.
Ocean Colliers Mills

 (100 Yards)

Off Colliers Mills and Hawkins Rds., Jackson Twp.
Stafford Forge

 (100 Yards)

Off Rt. 539, south of Warren Grove, Little Egg Harbor Twp.

Southern Region

Atlantic Makepeace Lake

 (100 Yards)*

Elmwood-Weymouth Rd., Weymouth
Gloucester Winslow

Piney Hollow Rd., Monroe Twp.
Cape May Tuckahoe

Off Tuckahoe Rd. (Rt.631), Tuckahoe
Cumberland Millville

 (50 and 200 Yards)

Ackley Rd. (Rt. 718), Millville

* See range-specific restrictions below.

Range-specific Restrictions

Northern Region

Hunterdon County

Clinton WMA

  • All target frames must measure a minimum 30 inches from base to bottom of the paper target held in the frame. Frames must be placed only on top of a target mound located at the 25, 50 and 100 yard lines. This minimum target height requirement eliminates the risk of ricochet to ensure all projectiles are collected in the berm behind the 100 yard target.
  • Spinner type targets for .177 and .22 caliber firearms MUST be placed directly at the base of the 25 yard berm to direct all bullets into the berm. These targets are not to be used at other yardage or target mound placements.

    Morris County

    Black River WMA

  • 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 are not affected by range hours.

Central Region

Monmouth County

Assunpink WMA

  • Shotgun range is restricted to the use of non-toxic shot; no lead shot is allowed.

    Turkey Swamp Park

    Georgia Rd., Freehold Twp.
  • Archery (Special regulations apply; call 732-842-4000.)

Southern Region

Atlantic County

Makepeace Lake WMA

Elmwood-Weymouth Rd., Weymouth

  • Target requirements: bottom of paper target in a frame must be at least 30 inches above the ground. Only place target frame on top of a mound at the 25, 50 or 75 yard lines. This minimum target height eliminates risk of ricochets, ensuring all projectiles are collected in the berm behind the 100-yard target.
  • Spinner type targets for .177 and .22 caliber firearms MUST be placed directly at the base of the 25 yard berm to direct all bullets into the berm. Do not use these targets at other yardage or target mound placements.

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