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White-tailed Deer in New Jersey

 

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Permit Bow Season Is Open
Permits for all permit seasons available at license agents and online. (Permits can be printed at home!)
Permits remain valid in 2021 if the permit season continues in a zone; 2021 license required.
Check Permit Availability

Uncertain Of A Shot? Use A Deer Tracker! (Feature Article)

DEP, NJDOT Remind Drivers to Be Extra Cautious as Deer Mating Season Begins, Daylight Hours Get Shorter - DEP News Release
Urine-Based Deer Lures Advisory

New Jersey's deer herd is a major component of the landscape throughout all but the most urbanized areas of the state. Deer affect our forests, farms, gardens, backyards and roadways. From a population reduced to a handful of deer in the early 1900s they rebounded during the 20th Century to a thriving herd today.

A healthy deer herd, managed at levels that are compatible with current land use practices and the human population, has great value to the people of the state. Deer are photographed, watched and hunted by many New Jerseyans and visitors from elsewhere. Deer hunters spend more than 100 million dollars each year as they enjoy approximately 1.5 million recreation-days hunting deer. Money spent in the course of deer hunting benefits a wide variety of New Jersey businesses.

And for hunters looking for a place to hunt, New Jersey offers more than 750,000 acres of public land (state, federal, county and municipal) available to the deer hunter. Visit the Public Deer Hunting Land page for a breakdown of state Wildlife Management Areas, state parks and state forests by Deer Management Zone. The page also has links for maps and information on hunting land.

Father and son with deer
The "Take a Kid Hunting" program provides unique opportunities.
Click photo to enlarge.
Beautiful NJ Buck
New Jersey produces some quality deer, including on public land!
Click to enlarge
Courtesy Craig Lemon
2020-2021 Deer Hunting Information


Fall Bow, September 12 (Early Zones Only, Regulation Sets #4-8)
Youth Deer Bow Hunt, September 26
Fall Bow, October 3 (Statewide)
Permit Bow Season, October 31
Youth Deer Firearm Hunt, November 21
Permit Shotgun/Muzzleloader, November 23 (Varies by zone)
Six-day Firearm Season, December 7-12
Winter Bow, January 1, 2021
 
NOTE: New Format for Deer Hunting Regulations!
The nine Regulation Sets have been reformatted into two tables - one each for archery and firearm hunting. Regulation Sets (groups of deer management zones with the same season length and bag limits) still exist in the Game Code and are used when developing deer management strategies.
 
arrow 2020-2021 Deer Hunting Regulations - Archery (pdf, 500kb)
arrow 2020-2021 Deer Hunting Regulations - Firearms (pdf, 495kb)
arrow Firearms, Bows and Ammunition Legal for Deer Hunting Chart
arrow What Do I Need to Hunt Deer in New Jersey? (pdf, 575kb)
   
arrow Deer Management Zone Descriptions
arrow Deer Management Zone Descriptions (pdf, 110kb)
arrow NJ Hunting and Trapping Explorer - Know your hunting DMZ/Unit/Township
 
arrow General vs. Permit Deer Seasons (pdf, 590kb)
arrow What Do I Need to Hunt Deer in New Jersey? (pdf, 570kb)
arrow Deer Permit Information
arrow Public Deer Hunting Land
arrowLands Open or Closed to Sunday Bow Hunting
   
arrow Reporting a Deer - Automated Harvest Report System (AHRS)
arrowNJ Hunting and Trapping Explorer - Know your hunting DMZ/Unit/Township
arrowDeer Harvest Report Card (for recording information prior to using the AHRS and tagging harvested deer, pdf, 120kb)
arrow Certified Deer Tracking Dog Permit Information
arrowApplication Form (pdf, 100kb)
 

New Jersey Deer Showcase
arrow Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program
arrow Garden State Deer Classic

Deer Harvest Data
arrow Comprehensive Harvest Summary Table, 1972-1973 through 2019-2020
 
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2019-2020 (pdf, 105kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2018-2019 (pdf, 65kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2017-2018 (pdf, 65kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2016-2017 (pdf, 78kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2015-2016 (pdf, 80kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2014-2015 (pdf, 35kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2013-2014 (pdf, 19kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2012-2013 (pdf, 19kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2011-2012 (pdf, 16kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2010-2011 (pdf, 17kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2009-2010 (pdf, 20kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2008-2009 (pdf, 20kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2007-2008 (pdf, 17kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2006-2007 (pdf, 17kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2005-2006 (pdf, 17kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2004-2005 (pdf, 10kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2003-2004 (pdf, 10kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2002-2003
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2001-2002
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 2000-2001
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 1999-2000
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 1998-1999
arrow Harvest Summary Table by Zone and Season, 1997-1998
 
arrow Harvest Summary Table by County, 2015-2019 (pdf, 145kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by County, 2005-2015 (pdf, 19kb)
arrow Harvest Summary Table by County, 1995-2005 (pdf, 18kb)

Suburban Deer Management
arrow Community-Based Deer Management
arrowCommunity Based Deer Management Manual for Municipalities (pdf, 320kb)
arrow Deer Management Assistance Program
arrow An Evaluation of Deer Management Options - Northeast Deer Technical Committee, May, 2009 (pdf, 955kb)
arrow An Integrated Approach for Managing White-Tailed Deer in Suburban Environments (pdf, Cornell University Study, 2014)
arrow Deer Management Position Statement (Northeast Section of The Wildlife Society)

Deer Health Information
arrow Biology of the White-tailed Deer
arrow Deer Fibromas (Warts)
arrow White Deer - Piebald and Albino Deer
arrow Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in New Jersey
arrow Mange in Deer
arrow Chronic Wasting Disease Information
arrowUrine-Based Deer Lures Advisory
arrowGuidance On Hunting Deer, Elk or Moose in States Where CWD is Present (Updated 12/21/18)

General Deer Information
arrow White-tailed Deer - Natural History and Autumn Behavior
Wildlife Populations: White-tailed Deer (pdf, Environmental Trends Report, NJDEP Division of Science and Research)
arrow Feeding Wild White-tailed Deer
“Don’t Feed the Wildlife” (USDA Site)
Wounding Rates of White-tailed Deer with Modern Archery Equipment (Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies)
 
arrow Guidelines for Rating Deer Range and Condition in NJ
arrow Information on Lead in the Meat of Wild Game
arrow Bald Eagles and Lead: A Deadly Mix (pdf, 280kb)

ADDITIONAL LINKS

arrow Farmer Info
arrow Hunters Helping the Hungry
arrow Deer Crash Reduction Program
arrow Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics
arrow Regulations
arrow Wildlife Management Areas
arrow Forms
arrow Feature Articles
 
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Last Updated: November 25, 2020