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WMA Shooting Ranges

Wildlife Management Area (WMA) 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 are to be shot into archery backstops provided by the Division of Fish and Wildlife. Broadheads may be used only with user-supplied bag, foam, 3-D or hay targets.
  • Muzzleloading rifle range: muzzleloading firearms, shotguns (rifled slug, buckshot), ­modern rimfire rifles ( .17 and .22 caliber) and air guns in calibers legal for hunting are allowed.
  • No handguns are allowed on Division of Fish and Wildlife ranges. Centerfire rifles are permitted at the Flatbrook, Clinton, Colliers Mills, Stafford Forge and Millville ranges only.

Ranges by Region

County

Wildlife Mangement Area

Archery Range

Shotgun Range

Muzzleloader Rifle Range

Centerfire Rifle Range*

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 Hawkin 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)*

✓ (100 Yards)

Elwood-Weymouth Road, 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

Range-specific Restrictions

Northern Region

Hunterdon County

Clinton WMA

Statewide Centerfire Rifle Range Rules:

  • 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-yard increments at the range. This minimum target height requirement eliminates the risk of ricochet to ensure all projectiles are collected in the final berm.
  • 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

Elwood-Weymouth Rd., Weymouth

Statewide Centerfire Rifle Range Rules:

  • 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-yard increments at the range. This minimum target height requirement eliminates the risk of ricochet to ensure all projectiles are collected in the final berm.
  • 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.

Range Descriptions

Range Designation

Allowable Firearm/Archery Equipment

Shot/Projectile Type

Target Type

Archery Range

Crossbow, Compound, Recurve, and Long Bows

Field Tip Only

Bag Target, provided by NJDFW

Broadhead

Bag, foam, 3-D or hay 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, Fine Shot

Paper targets, Patterning Boards

Rimfire Rifles (.17 and .22 Caliber)

Rimfire ammunition

Spinning, paper targets

Air guns (.177 and .22 Caliber)

Pellet

Spinning, paper targets

Centerfire Rifle Range

Centerfire Rifle ≤ .30 Caliber

Single projectile (e.g. 308, 30-06, 300 Winmag)

Paper targets

Muzzleloader and Shotgun

Rifle/Sabot Slugs, Buckshot, Fine Shot

Paper targets, Patterning Boards

Rimfire Rifles (.17 and .22 Caliber)

Rimfire ammunition

Spinning, paper targets

Air guns (.177 and .22 Caliber)

Pellet

Spinning, paper targets