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Public Deer Hunting Land in New Jersey

Lands Open or Closed to Sunday Bow Hunting

New Jersey has more than 750,000 acres of public land (state, federal, county and municipal) available to the deer hunter. The list below 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. (For more information and resources visit the NJ Public Hunting Land page.)

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 access fees or have other special regulations. Refer to the section in the Hunting and Trapping Digest entitled "Special Area Hunting Season Information" or contact the appropriate authority for additional information.

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.

NOTE: The following abbreviations apply to the table below listing public deer hunting lands:

WMA = Wildlife Management Area
SP = State Park
SF = State Forest
NPDHL = No Public Deer Hunting Land
* Special Regulation Area - Consult the Hunting and Trapping Digest

ZONE PUBLIC LAND OPEN TO DEER HUNTING
1
Bear Swamp WMA, Flatbrook-Roy WMA, Hainesville WMA, Stokes SF
2
Kittatinny Valley SP, Paulinskill WMA, Wallkill River Nat. Wildlife Refuge*, Waywayanda SP
3
Abram Hewitt SF, Hamburg Mt. WMA, Long Pond Ironworks SP, Newark Watershed*, Norvin Green SF, Ramapo Mt. SF, Ringwood SP, Waywayanda SP
4
Delaware Water Gap Nat. Recreation Area, Flatbrook-Roy WMA, Stokes SF, Walpack WMA, Worthington SF
5
Beaver Brook WMA, Columbia Lake WMA, Honey Run WMA, Jenny Jump SF, Paulinskill WMA, Swartswood SP, Trout Brook WMA, White Lake WMA, Whittingham WMA
6
Allamuchy Mt. SP, Berkshire Valley WMA, Farney SP, Morris County Park System - Mahlon Dickerson Reservation* and Silas Condict Park*, Newark Watershed*, Rockaway River WMA, Sparta Mt. WMA, Weldon Brook WMA, Wildcat Ridge WMA
7
Clinton WMA, Hunterdon Co. Park System* - Union Forge and Tower Hill Reserves, Musconetcong River WMA, Spruce Run Recreation Area
8
Allamuchy Mt. SP, Black River WMA, Hacklebarney SP, Hunterdon Co. Park System - Cold Brook, Teetertown Ravine and Point Mountain Preserves*, Ken Lockwood Gorge WMA, Morris Co. Park System - Black River and Schooley's Mt. Parks*, Musconetcong River WMA, Pequest WMA, Rockport WMA, South Branch WMA, Voorhees SP
9
Black River WMA
10
Hunterdon Co. Park System - Musconetcong Gorge, Drag Strip Property, Hoffman Park, Schick, South Branch and Uplands Reserves*, Musconetcong River WMA
11
Hunterdon Co. Park System - Lockatong Nature Preserve*, Case Farm*, Wescott Nature Preserve*
12
Hunterdon Co. Park System - Cushetunk Mt. Park*, Deer Path Park*, South Branch Reservation* and Sourland Mt. Reservation*, Round Valley Recreation Area, South Branch WMA
13
NPDHL
14
Assunpink WMA (Washington Twp. section only), Pigeon Swamp SP, Six Mile Run Reservoir SP*
15
Assunpink WMA, Monmouth County Park System - Charleston Springs Golf Course*, Perrineville Lake Park*
16
Monmouth County Park System - Bear Swamp Tract of Manasquan Reservoir*, Howell Park Golf Course*, Turkey Swamp Park*, Yellowbrook Tract of Manasquan River Linear Park*, Turkey Swamp WMA
17
Colliers Mills WMA, Monmouth County Park System - Clayton Park*, Crosswicks Creek Park*, Pleasant Run WMA
18
Colliers Mills WMA, Manchester WMA, Whiting WMA
19
Medford WMA, Wharton SF
21
Brendan T. Byrne (formerly Lebanon) SF, Double Trouble SP, Forked River Mt. WMA, Greenwood Forest WMA
22
Bass River SF
23
Wharton SF
24
Bass River SF, Penn SF, Stafford Forge WMA, Swan Bay WMA, Warren Grove Recreation Area, Wharton SF
25
Cedar Lake WMA, Great Egg Harbor River WMA, Penbryn Pond WMA, White Oak Branch WMA, Wharton SF
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 SP, Union Lake WMA
29
Bayside PSE&G Tract*, Cohansey River WMA, Gum Tree Corner WMA, Mad Horse Creek WMA, Maskells Mill Pond WMA, Stowe Creek SP
30
Bear Swamp Natural Area (Closed Jan 15 - Aug. 1), Dix WMA, Egg Island WMA, Fortescue WMA, Nantuxent WMA, New Sweden WMA
31
Buckshutem WMA, Millville WMA
34
Beaver Swamp WMA, Belleplain SF, Cape May Nat. Wildlife Refuge, Cape May Wetlands WMA, Dennis Creek WMA, Heislerville WMA, Higbee Beach WMA, Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve*, Tuckahoe WMA
35
DOD Ponds WMA, Harrisonville Lake WMA
36
NPDHL
37
Fort Dix Military Reservation*
38
Great Swamp Nat. Wildlife Refuge*
39
NPDHL
40
NPDHL
41
Alexauken Creek WMA, Mercer County Parks - Baldpate (Kuser) Mt. and Howell Living History Farm
42
Port Republic WMA
43
Millville (Bevan) WMA
45
Menantico Ponds WMA, Peaslee WMA
46
Gibson Creek WMA, Great Egg Harbor River WMA, Maple Lake WMA, Peaslee WMA, Tuckahoe WMA
47
Peaslee WMA
48
Rancocas State Park*
49
NPDHL
50
Monmouth County Park System - Big Brook Park*, Hartshorne Woods Park*, Holmdel Park (Ramanessin Section)*, Huber Woods*, Tatum Park*, Thompson Park*
51
Allaire SP, Manahawkin WMA, Manasquan River WMA, Monmouth County Park System - Shark River Park*, Rt. 33 Tract and Shark River Park - East of Remsen Mill Rd.
53
Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station*
54
NPDHL
55
Glassboro WMA
56
Edwin B. Forsythe Nat. Wildlife Refuge*
57
Edwin B. Forsythe Nat. Wildlife Refuge*
58
Edwin B. Forsythe Nat. Wildlife Refuge*
61
Atlantic County Park System*
63
Abbots Meadow WMA, Supawana Meadows Nat. Wildlife Refuge*
64
Monmouth Battlefield SP*
65
White Oak Branch WMA, Winslow WMA
66
Fed. Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center*
67
High Point SP*
68
Franklin Parker Preserve*
70
Edwin B. Forsythe Nat. Wildlife Refuge**

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

Wildlife Management Area Maps - linked from www.njfishandwildlife.com/wmaland.htm
Bureau of Land Management
Mail Code 501-03
PO Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
609-984-0547
email WMAMAPS@dep.state.nj.us

USGS Topographic Maps
Maps for all land in New Jersey. $5.00 per sheet.
NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
Maps and Publications
Bureau of Revenue
P.O. Box 417
Trenton NJ 08625-0417
609-777-1038

State Parks and Forests Maps
Maps and information on lands administered by the Division of Parks and Forestry. Please specify park or forest when writing. Free of charge.
NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
Division of Parks and Forestry
Mail Code: 501-04
PO Box 420
Trenton NJ 08625-0420
1-800-843-6420

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Last Updated: March 18, 2014