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Non-Resident Hunting in New Jersey


The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has regulations requiring all nonimmigrant aliens who temporarily import firearms or ammunition into the US to first submit an ATF Form 5330.3A (PDF). For information, see the ATF site linked above or phone 800-800-3855, or 202-648-7777.

Hunters May Not Bring Whole Deer Into New York

Information regarding hunting regulations, requirements, seasons and other topics is available in the NJ Hunting and Trapping DIGEST (published in August). Digests are available at Division offices, license agents, through the mail by request or on-line.

New Jersey hunting licenses are good for the calendar year and expire on Dec. 31 regardless of when they are purchased; there is also a Non-Resident 2-Day Small Game License which can be used for waterfowl in addition to other small game (except turkey). Licenses are available at the Division's Pequest office and license agents as well as on-line. For use of a muzzleloading rifle, a NJ Rifle Permit is required in addition to the basic firearm hunting license. The Rifle Permit is required to purchase and use a muzzleloader deer season permit.

To purchase a NJ hunting license it is necessary to document possession of a previous year's resident license or hunter education course completion. Nonresidents also have the option of obtaining an Apprentice License (some limitations apply) if they have a New Jersey hunter to serve as their "mentor". Visitors to our license Web site will find the option to purchase hunting and trapping licenses "locked" if this documentation has not been entered into a customer's profile in the license database. For purchase information please see the Hunting License Information page. To have the license options "unlocked" see the Nonresident License Documentation page.

Waterfowl hunters should consult the Hunting and Trapping Digest, published in August each year, for waterfowl hunting regulations, or view the summaries available on the Regulations page. In addition to the Federal Duck Stamp, New Jersey also requires waterfowl hunters age 16 or older possess a New Jersey Waterfowl Stamp and Hunter Information Program certification.

New Jersey has an impressive amount of public land open to hunting. We welcome hunters from outside New Jersey and think you'll find our numerous seasons and often liberal bag limits appealing.

Nonresident hunters should be aware of New Jersey's strict firearm laws. For information on transporting firearms into the state visit the NJ State Police website at Contact the State Police for further information.

For questions or further information on hunting in New Jersey call 908-637-4125 ext. 0, or use the E-mail NJ DFW page.


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Last Updated: November 20, 2019